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Encyclopedia > The Go Betweens
The Go-Betweens in 2005: Robert Forster and Grant McLennan (background)
The Go-Betweens in 2005: Robert Forster and Grant McLennan (background)

The Go-Betweens are one of the most internationally influential indie rock bands from Australia, formed by guitarists Robert Forster and Grant McLennan in Brisbane in 1977. Over the years they were joined by Lindy Morrison (drums), Robert Vickers (bass), Amanda Brown (violin, oboe) and John Wilsteed (bass). Download high resolution version (2000x1461, 924 KB) The Go-Betweens in 2005: Robert Forster and Grant McLennan (background) on stage in Bielefeld, Germany. ... Download high resolution version (2000x1461, 924 KB) The Go-Betweens in 2005: Robert Forster and Grant McLennan (background) on stage in Bielefeld, Germany. ... Indie rock is a subgenre of rock music often used to refer to bands that are on small independent record labels or that arent on labels at all. ... Brisbane is the capital and most populous city in the state of Queensland, Australia. ... Lindy Morrison (born on November 2, 1951) is a musician originally from Queensland, Australia. ...

The Go-Betweens are a critically-acclaimed cult act famously summarised by Village Voice critic Robert Christgau thus: “Robert Forster and Grant McLennan are the greatest songwriting partnership working today.” The Go-Betweens toured overseas numerous times and produced such indie hits as Cattle and Cane (1983) and Streets of Your Town (1988). After recording six acclaimed albums, Forster and McLennan disbanded The Go-Betweens in December 1989. Robert Christgau (sometimes abbreviated in print to Xgau), born April 18, 1942, is an American essayist, music journalist, and rock critic. ...

Forster and Mclennan pursued solo careers throughout the 90s but were inspired to work together after they were invited by fans at French music magazine Les Inrockuptibles to perform at the magazine's 10th anniversary.

In 2000 Forster and McLennan reformed The Go-Betweens, assisted by all three members of Sleater-Kinney, and recorded the album The Friends of Rachel Worth. The current line-up (2005) includes Forster, McLennan, Adele Pickvance (Bass) and Glenn Thompson (Drums). Sleater-Kinney are an indie rock trio from Olympia, Washington influenced by the riot grrrl movement of the 1990s. ...

In October 2005 The Go-Betweens finally achieved mainstream recognition, with the album Oceans Apart (LO-MAX Records) winning an ARIA Award for Best Adult Contemporary Album. 2005 (MMV) is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... LO-MAX Records is a West London based independent record label, founded in 2003 and specialising in lyrical rock music. ... The Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA) is the Australian counterpart of the Recording Industry Association of America. ...



  • Princess Caroline of Monaco wrote to Robert Forster recently to say how much she loved their last album which she bought after she heard a song about herself on the radio called ‘Caroline & I.’.
  • Evan Katz, producer of the hit show 24, based part of the fourth season of the hit show around a company called McLennan-Forster in honour of his heroes.
  • Australian Premier of Queensland the Hon Peter Beattie handed out copies of their LPs in the United States Senate stating them to be "One of Australia’s greatest exports".
  • Bono and The Edge from U2 list The Go-Betweens song ‘Cattle and Cane’ as one of their top three all time favourite songs.
  • Other fans of the band include Jonathan Demme, Edward Norton, and Glenn Close.
  • Until 16 Lovers Lane, all Go-Betweens albums had a double 'L' in the titles. Originally this was purely a coincidence; however this motif was adopted again on 2003's Bright Yellow Bright Orange.
  • The intimate relationships within the band, between Morrison and Forster, and between Brown and McLennan, were famously messy.
  • Brown is now a screen composer (a composer of film and television soundtracks); Morrison is currently a social worker, and as an Australian Democrats candidate failed to win a seat in State and Federal elections.

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Non-Album Singles

  • Lee Remick/Karen (Able Label, 1978)
  • People Say/Don't Let Him Come Back (Able Label, 1979)
  • I Need Two Heads/Stop before You say It (Missing Link/Postcard, 1980)

Able Label A project run by Grant McLennan & Robert Forster of The Go-Betweens releasing their first two singles Lee Reemick & People Say. Later on it allowed other Brisbane groups like The Numbers (later to become The Riptides) & The Apartments to press their own records using the Able Label logo. ... Independent record label founded by Alan Horne in Glasgow, 1979. ...


  • Send Me A Lullaby (1981)
  • Before Hollywood (1983)
  • Spring Hill Fair (1984)
  • Liberty Belle And The Black Diamond Express (1986)
  • Tallulah (1987)
  • 16 Lovers Lane (1988)
  • The Friends of Rachel Worth (2000)
  • Bright Yellow Bright Orange (2003)
  • Oceans Apart (2005)
  • Live In London (2005)

Previous Members

  • Malcolm Kelly ("People Say")
  • Jaqueline Candice ("People Say")


Year Title Chart positions Album
US Hot 100 US Modern Rock US Mainstream Rock UK
1988 "Was There Anything I Could Do?" - #16 - - 16 Lovers Lane

The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... The Modern Rock Tracks chart is a music chart that has appeared in Billboard magazine since the early 1980s. ... The Mainstream Rock Tracks chart is a ranking in Billboard magazine of the most-played songs on mainstream rock radio stations, a category that includes stations that play primarily rock music but are not modern rock stations, which are counted in the Modern Rock Tracks chart. ... See also: 1987 in music, other events of 1988, 1989 in music, 1980s in music and the list of years in music // Events Peter Ruzicka becomes director of the Hamburg State Opera and State Philharmonic Orchestra. ...

Further reading

  • Clinton Walker (1996). Stranded: The Secret History of Australian Independent Music 1977-1991. Pan MacMillan Australia. ISBN 0-7329-0883-3
  • David Nichols (2003). The Go-Betweens. Puncture Publications. ISBN 1-8912-4116-8

Clinton Walker is a leading historian of Australian popular music. ... Stranded: The Secret History of Australian Independent Music 1977-1991 is a book about the Australian independent music scene from 1979 till 1991, as written by author and music journalist Clinton Walker. ...

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