Oh Mercy, aka Melbourne singer-songwriter Alexander Gow, joins me for our first examination of one of Australia’s most beloved bands, the Go-Betweens, and their album ‘Liberty Belle and the Black Diamond Express’.Alex talks about discovering the Go-Betweens in high school as he was just starting to write songs, their ‘inviting, un-elitist’ magic, Lindy Morrison’s amazing atypical drumming, the thread between the Go-Betweens and Burt Bacharach, whether Alex is a Grant or Robert guy, the influence of the humor and literary quality of Go-Betweens lyrics and the best thing about imitating greatness unsuccessfully.Plus, we talk about how he comes up with the unique titles of his records, why he still issues his albums on vinyl and what it’s like to have your records reviewed by your musical heroes.Oh Mercy’s latest album ‘Cafe Oblivion’ is out now.
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Robert Forster,musician, songwriter, music critic for The Monthly and co-founder of the iconic indie rock group, The Go Betweens, is in conversation with Sasha Frere-Jones, the pop critic with The New Yorker at the Melbourne Writers Festival.
This is a prize eavesdrop: Frere-Jones loves Forster and The Go Betweens; Forster has a great openness and nerdiness and they both know a whole heap about music.
This plain boy from Brisbane who didnt even have a girlfriend when he was writing some of his best songs with Grant McLennan and wondering how he could compete with The Velvets Lou Reed, John Cale, Nico, heroin and sado masochism is an absolute treat in his deep brown suit and his long winding tale about meeting the woman of his dreams, actress Lee Remick.
By Grant McLennan of The Go-Betweens, this is another B-side from around the time of 16 Lover’s Lane.
By Grant McLennan of The Go-Betweens. This song originally appears on the album Tallulah.
By Robert Forster of The Go-Betweens. This is a B-side from around the time of 16 Lovers Lane.
By Grant McLennan of The Go-Betweens.
A cover of the song by Grant McLennan of The Go-Betweens from 16 Lover’s Lane.
2 February 1958 – 6 May 2006
The Go-Betweens coverd by Killjoys.
The Wedding Present covering The Go-Betweens.
- Pretty In Pink by The Psychedelic Furs
- Kiss Me On The Bus by The Replacements
- You Get Me by The Broken Family Band
- All Her Favorite Fruit by Camper Van Beethoven
- Bachelor Kisses by The Go-Betweens
- Slow Show by The National
- Let Me Lie To You by Afghan Whigs