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WATCH: The Go-Betweens Perform “Streets of Your Town”

by on Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at 3:17 pm EDT in Arts & Entertainment, Music

In 1977, in Brisbane, Australia, songwriters Robert Forster and Grant McLennan — two Queensland University students enamored with the U.S. punk scene — met and formed The Go-Betweens.

Over the course of ten years, the band released a succession of memorable albums, culminating in their final LP for the 80’s era, 16 Lover’s Lane (released in 1988 by Beggars Banquet Records).

Their music has been described as something “Lou Reed could have written if he had fallen for Brian Wilson, not David Bowie.” (The Guardian)

The band called it quits shortly after 16 Lover’s Lane, and would remain apart until 2000, when Forster and McLennan reformed the group. Their 2005 release, Oceans Apart, duly won the ARIA award for “Best Adult Contemporary Album,” and garnered a five-star rating from Mojo Magazine. 

On May 6, 2006, Grant McLennan died from a heart attack, which effectively ended The Go-Betweens. Robert Forster continues to record and perform to critical acclaim as a solo artist.

The single, “Streets of Your Town,” from 1988’s 16 Lover’s Lane, is perhaps one of the band’s most recognized songs. It became their biggest chart hit to date in both the UK and Australia, mixing upbeat guitar rhythms with lyrics that shift between ‘dreamy’ to lights-out-dark. 

Filmed on the streets of Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, here is the video for “Streets of Your Town.”



The following are links for those interested in downloading the final two releases of The Go-Betweens (Oceans Apart, and their live CD/DVD release That Striped Sunlight Sound), as well as Robert Forster’s 2008 release, The Evangelist, all at YepRoc Records.