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The Go-Betweens

The Go-Betweens were perhaps the quintessential cult band of the '80s: they came from an exotic locale (Brisbane, Australia), moved to a major recording center (in their case, London) in a sustained bid to make a career out of music, released album after album of music seemingly tailor-made for the radio in spite of their having little use for contemporary Top 40 musical/lyrical formulas, and earned considerable critical praise and a small but fervent international fan base. Although the Go-Betweens were absent throughout the '90s before re-forming in the new millennium, both of the band's songwriters embarked on respectable solo careers in the interim and, while rarely reaching the heights the Go-Betweens scaled, they still managed to uphold the group's legacy.

Robert Forster and Grant McLennan began as a pair of teenagers obsessed with the earthy rock of Dylan, CCR, and the Velvet Underground and encouraged by the Australian punk of the Saints. As collected on The Able Label Singles, their first two singles show a fondness for scruffy, British Invasion/new wave-influenced pop/rock. Picking up permanent drummer Lindy Morrison, they recorded their debut LP, moved to England, and signed a short-lived deal with Rough Trade. Going for a lush, tuneful sound crammed with nonstandard rock instrumentation, they went on to record five more excellent LPs. Though their pre-Beggars Banquet albums were traditionally hard to find in the States, that label finally reissued all six albums on CD in 1996.

In 2000 the band reunited and released a new album, The Friends of Rachel Worth, which also featured all three members of Sleater-Kinney. It wasn't just a fluke, as the band recorded follow-up albums released in 2003 (Bright Yellow Bright Orange) and 2005 (Oceans Apart). Documenting a 2005 concert in their hometown, the DVD/CD package That Striped Sunlight Sound arrived in early 2006, just a few months before the death of McLennan in May. ~ Michael Ribas, Rovi
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Thank you Pete for introducing me to this great band. So many great memories.
zapmc
Saw them at the old 9:30 Club in DC in the mid 80s I guess. They were incredible. But the place was hardly half full. We chatted with them a bit after the show in that pit under the stage.
I lived through the 80s and never heard of them. I wish I had - they are quite good.
I totally forgot about them. One of the many under appreciated bands from the 80's.
Never got the fame they deserved. Typical.
Wow!!
Have never heard of this band before.

If 'Quiet Heart' is any indicator of their other material... I'm quite impressed!

((Icing on the cake for me is they're from Brisbane, Oz... bringing back memories of living in Australia in the 80s and vacationing in Brisbane.))
I can't help but notice some similarity with Moody Blues; this is a good thing in my book. Wish I had heard of them long before now! I heard Robert Forster on NPR recently and am looking forward to his solo efforts.
had the honor of actually seeing this band play in LA in the late 80's and early 90's. these guys along with the reivers were amazing. first time we saw the go-betweens, robert forster was wearing a long dress. classic. take me back!

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