NEM#141: Robert Forster (The Go-Betweens) Looks Back Novelistically

Robert co-fronted the Australian-born post-punk band The Go-Betweens through nine albums in the ’80s and ’00s with Grant McLennan before the latter’s death in 2006 and has also released seven solo albums.

We discuss “No Fame” from Inferno (2019), “Here Comes a City” by The Go-Betweens from Oceans Apart (2005), and “On My Block” by The Go-Betweens from Before Hollywood (1983). We conclude by listening to “Let Me Imagine You” from Songs to Play (2015). Intro: “Clouds” by The Go-Betweens from 16 Lovers Lane (1988).

Hear the full song “Clouds.” Watch the “Here Comes a City” video. Watch a live 2019 solo performance. Here’s the video for the classic Go-Betweens song “Head Full of Steam” where Robert wears a weird belly shirt. Here’s the same tune live and much more dignified in 1986. Here’s a whole live show from 2005. Check out a video for one of Robert’s earlier solo tunes. Probably my favorite from those pre-reunion solo albums is “Leave Here Satisfied.”

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Photo by P Squared. Audio editing by Tyler Hislop.

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