This post is dedicated to the memory of one of my all time musical heroes, the late, great Grant McLennan. Together with Robert Forster, Grant founded The Go-Betweens in Brisbane in 1977 and over the next 28 years they recorded nine of the best albums you’d ever hope to hear. I had the great pleasure of seeing The Go-Betweens live in the mid-80s – standing right at the front of the audience in a small venue looking up at Robert Forster singing ‘Part Company’ is one of the greatest experiences I have ever … err … experienced at a live gig – the moment will stay with me forever.
The particular reason for posting this now (other than the tenuous hero link) is a comment made by nilpferd a couple of weeks ago in which he referred to 1988′s 16 Lovers Lane as the last Go-Betweens album. Which, of course it was – until they reformed in 2000. They then went on to record three more albums (including some of their best work) before Grant’s tragic death (as a result of a heart attack) in May 2006.
So nilpferd, this is for you – the rest of you are allowed to listen in of course. A small selection of tracks from the final three albums – three from each but in no particular order – which I hope will convince you to take the plunge and invest in the recordings themselves.
If any of you don’t feel up to listening to all nine tracks, please at least listen to Crooked Lines, The Statue and Unfinished Business – the latter, considering what happened soon after he recorded this beautiful song, has to be one of Grant’s most poignant lyrics.