I said most of what I had to say yesterday. Here’s some more great songs.
That Way from Before Hollywood (1983) : lead vocal by Grant McLennan
Until now, I don’t think I, or indeed anyone, has ever opened up an ICA with the closing track of an LP. It just goes to show how many great songs there were back in the day that they could put this gem at the end. It certainly would make you want to get up and turn the record back over immediately.
The House That Jack Kerouac Built from Tallulah (1987) : lead vocal by Robert Forster
Having failed to crack open the markets with the first four albums, everyone involved threw the kitchen sink and the rest into the recording of Tallulah including the addition of a fifth member on violin and oboe. It was a record greeted with some scepticism on its release as a result of to its lush production and move away from indie-guitar pop, but which is now regarded as a bona-fide classic.
The Wrong Road from Liberty Belle and The Black Diamond Express (1986) : lead vocals by Grant McLennan
The thing is, the path that would lead to Tallulah had in some ways been set by this track from the album released the previous year. The addition of violin, cellos, viola and organ take this to places the band hadn’t explored before and the result was one of their finest ever songs. Epic.
Was There Anything I Could Do? from 16 Lovers Lane (1988) : lead vocals by Grant McLennan
FFS. How did this single not get any airplay?
Surfing Magazines from The Friends of Rachel Worth (2000) : lead vocal by Robert Forster
Here’s a band that came out with some of the best lyrics of their generation falling back on a variation of la-la-la-la-la for the chorus and pulling it off with some style.
Bye Bye Pride from Talullah (1987) : lead vocal by Grant McLennan
In which the decision to bring in a new member who plays oboe is totally justified in four minutes flat.
Rock and Roll Friend b-side to Was There Anything I Could Do? (1988) : lead vocal by Robert Forster
A song that became synonymous with Robert’s efforts to get back in the saddle after Grant’s shock death in 2006. It must have been very tempting just to pack it all in. Instead, he went into the studio and recorded The Evangelist, his first solo LP in 12 years and hit the road and in every show he played this (a song he had re-recorded himself in 1996) and dedicated to his late band mate. It’s worthy of a place on this ICA for that alone notwithstanding it is such a fine number.
I Just Get Caught Out from Tallulah (1987) : lead vocal by Robert Forster
Another great little failure of a pop single. I defy you to listen and not dance.
Dusty In Here from Before Hollywood (1983) : lead vocal by Grant McLennan
A ballad just to mix things up a bit and because it fits in well at this point on this ICA.
Dive For Your Memory from 16 Lovers Lane (1988) : lead vocal by Robert Forster
Couldn’t think of a more fitting way to end this ICA. The other song that Robert often dedicates nowadays to Grant; there’s something poignant that he once wrote a line ‘I miss my friend.’
Don’t we all?
Bonus 45 : The debut single from 1978.
mp3 : The Go-Betweens : Lee Remick
mp3 : The Go-Betweens : Karen
Tune in tomorrow for ICA #100 as it features a tale and a half from Badger.