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Before POLLywood! - The Go-Betweens - Artist Poll #98 - VOTING THREAD

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The Go-Betweens are perhaps more 'niche' than many subjects of ILM polls, but they have generated a fair bit of ILX chatter. Admittedly some of that has had a "what's the appeal?" flavour. Maybe we can get slightly closer to an answer to that question.

You are invited to submit any or all of the following:

(1) TOP GO-BETWEENS TRACKS - up to 30, ranked or unranked

Any track released under the Go-Betweens name.

(2) TOP SOLO / SIDE-PROJECT TRACKS - up to 30, ranked or unranked

Anything else released by any enduring Go-Betweens member, preferably where they are credited amongst the songwriters. The most obvious of thse include solo Robert Forster and Grant McLennan material, Tuff Monks, Jack Frost, Cleopatra Wong and Far Out Corporation.

(You could also make a case for Brown or Willsteed's soundtrack work, for instance. But probably not much of Vickers' or Pickvance's bass-playing work in other combos. And I trust you'll agree that, given the fleeting associations, including tracks by the likes of the Apartments, etc, would be casting the net too widely.)

(3) TOP ALBUMS - GO-BETWEENS AND SIDEPROJECTS - up to 10

ANY of the albums! Go-Betweens, side projects and solo efforts are all welcome. There are at least 25 contenders. (I'm inclined to exclude 1978-90, Bella-Vista Terrace, Intermission and Quiet Heart given their 'best of' vibes.)

Ballots to vaticanroulette AT gmail DOT com, with your username. A GB-related subject line would also be helpful.

DEADLINE: provisionally 30th June

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Monday, 10 June 2019 05:30 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Here's a list of known Go-Betweens tracks and (separately) the more obvious side-projects tracks. (Feel free to highlight crucial things I've overlooked.)

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1KiKylSYrCxGbiLL7G6uF4BnB5Hgczgpxz7zbHCiBfac

I propose a familiar scoring regime that worked okay last time I did this.

For both of the tracks ballots:

RANKED: 40,36,33,30,28,26,25,24,23,22,21,20,19,18,17,16,15,14,13,12,11,10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2.

UNRANKED: 17 points for each item. (ie. a 30 track unranked ballot adds up to much the same number of total points as a ranked one. Be aware that points will not be scaled up for shorter unranked lists.)

For albums:

10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1.

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Monday, 10 June 2019 05:33 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Typos already. Noooooo...

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Monday, 10 June 2019 05:46 (two weeks ago) Permalink

And yes, I *am* saving up "draining the POLL" for later.

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Monday, 10 June 2019 05:53 (two weeks ago) Permalink

aPOLLogy accepted!

Really excited for this one, although my ballot will be fairly basic. Thankful for the extended voting period!

bunny slopes, Monday, 10 June 2019 06:51 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I should do this, but be warned there will be nothing later than 1988.

John Harris is a Guardian columnist (Tom D.), Monday, 10 June 2019 06:53 (two weeks ago) Permalink

"Caroline and I" will make my ballot but yeah me too (excited to re-listen to the post-reunion stuff though)

bunny slopes, Monday, 10 June 2019 07:02 (two weeks ago) Permalink

It's POLLED and dusty in here

sorry I'll stop

bunny slopes, Monday, 10 June 2019 07:03 (two weeks ago) Permalink

This is the canon band I have the biggest blind spot with (practically 100%) so while not contributing I'll be following avidly.

Elitist cheese photos (aldo), Monday, 10 June 2019 07:13 (two weeks ago) Permalink

My god, I hadn't thought of those masterful puns!

Anyone with a passing affection for any era, GBs or solo, is encouraged to vote in whatever (sub-)poll(s) might appeal. I have no idea what sort of turn-out to expect, tbh.

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Monday, 10 June 2019 07:30 (two weeks ago) Permalink

It's nice that the word 'poll' has two Ls in it. Did anyone ever ask the band about that album title rule of theirs?

Looking forward to this though it's reminded me that I've barely listened to Send Me A Lullaby. It's not on Spotify (in the UK at least) but I see someone's put it all on YouTube.

I think I'll find space for 2 or 3 of the post-reforming tracks, certainly He Lives My Life.

Alba, Monday, 10 June 2019 11:33 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I only heard 16 Lovers Lane for the first time a month ago but was blown away and intend to get to their other albums. Not sure I'll be able to listen fast enough to vote in the poll but definitely looking forward to the results either way!

Vinnie, Monday, 10 June 2019 14:34 (two weeks ago) Permalink

oh dear god

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 10 June 2019 14:35 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I hope I see "You Tell Me" and "I'm Alright" on a few ballots.

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 10 June 2019 14:38 (two weeks ago) Permalink

prob gonna vote for at least 6 tracks from 16 lovers lane, so 'i'm alright' has a pretty good shot

Jeff the grown man (voodoo chili), Monday, 10 June 2019 14:42 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Controversial opinion: Forster was sharper and tauter as they reached the end of their first run. McLennan reveled in mush, sometimes exquisitely.

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 10 June 2019 14:44 (two weeks ago) Permalink

You Tell Me has always been a favorite. We once had a cat named Tallulah.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 10 June 2019 14:46 (two weeks ago) Permalink

oh awesome, been drip feeding myself go-betweens albums over the past couple of years; basically only listened to oceans apart last month, will be repped heavily on my ballot

devvvine, Monday, 10 June 2019 14:47 (two weeks ago) Permalink

bright yellow, bright orange originally came with a 4 song ep one of which was a total gem ("locust girls"). dropboxed it in case anybody's interested since it doesn't seem to be on youtube
https://www.dropbox.com/s/rrymcplbrdihbpn/03%20Locust%20Girls.mp3?dl=0

Ornette is blowing bubblegum spiderwebs (outdoor_miner), Monday, 10 June 2019 14:57 (two weeks ago) Permalink

[Oooh, lots of XPs. Cool]

I too have a soft spot for "Caroline & I". The late tracks I finding myself thinking about between listens are often those that felt like unassuming little sketches a decade ago. "The Mountains Near Dellray" for one. Sometimes "Lavender". Didn't see that coming.

I got the impression the double-L thing was a coincidence up to perhaps Spring Hill Fair or so, before becoming a game. Though I may be misremembering.

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Monday, 10 June 2019 15:01 (two weeks ago) Permalink

by now it's consensus that Oceans Apart is one of their very best, right?

I'd rank them:

Before Hollywood
Tallulah
Oceans Apart
Spring Hill Fair
Liberty Belle
16 Lovers Lane
The Friends of Rachel Worth
BYBO
Send Me a Lullaby

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 10 June 2019 15:11 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Albums:

16 Lovers Lane
The Friends of Rachel Worth
Liberty Belle and the Black Diamond Express
Oceans Apart
Tallulah
Before Hollywood
Spring Hill Fair
Bright Yellow Bright Orange
Send Me a Lullaby

Jazzbo, Monday, 10 June 2019 15:21 (two weeks ago) Permalink

You Tell Me is terrific. The only song I really love off Tallulah, though The Clarke Sisters comes close.

Alba, Monday, 10 June 2019 16:22 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I'm fascinated to see how this poll turns out as other than Streets of Your Town and Cattle & Cane I've no real idea what'll be in the top 10.

Alba, Monday, 10 June 2019 16:24 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Not sure either of those songs will make my top 10 but they seem to be the most often referenced.

Alba, Monday, 10 June 2019 16:25 (two weeks ago) Permalink

curious what the best regarded solo/side project stuff is, only know (and love) danger in the past

devvvine, Monday, 10 June 2019 16:32 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Nothing touches Danger In The Past for me, though Warm Nights is good.

Alba, Monday, 10 June 2019 16:41 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Thanks for posting Locust Girls, outdoor_miner - it's great. Wish it had been on the album.

Alba, Monday, 10 June 2019 16:44 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Forster's The Evangelist is as wonderful as any Go-Be's album.

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 10 June 2019 16:52 (two weeks ago) Permalink

McLennan's Horsebreaker Star is its match.

I quite liked Forster's Inferno released in March.

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 10 June 2019 16:53 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Controversial opinion: Forster was sharper and tauter as they reached the end of their first run. McLennan reveled in mush, sometimes exquisitely.

This is definitely not controversial in my household.

John Harris is a Guardian columnist (Tom D.), Monday, 10 June 2019 17:44 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Does anyone dig McLennan's In Your Bright Ray? I seemed to see it everywhere but never knowingly heard any of it until the past year. The guitars are pleasingly warm and gooey but I'm still not sure that many of the songs really add up to much.

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Tuesday, 11 June 2019 00:40 (one week ago) Permalink

omfg I'm so excited for this poll

geoffreyess, Tuesday, 11 June 2019 01:11 (one week ago) Permalink

oh cool, this is a new poll! I assumed this was a revive on a poll that had happened in 2007.

enochroot, Tuesday, 11 June 2019 01:39 (one week ago) Permalink

Does anyone dig McLennan's In Your Bright Ray? I seemed to see it everywhere but never knowingly heard any of it until the past year. The guitars are pleasingly warm and gooey but I'm still not sure that many of the songs really add up to much.

― Nag! Nag! Nag!

The production -- lumpen, without flair -- does the songs no favors. The title track and "Malibu 69" aren't bad.

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 11 June 2019 02:13 (one week ago) Permalink

I love "In Your Bright Ray", it's what it says on the tin. But, yeah, "Horsebreaker Star" (the full version, not the cut-down US release) is impeccable.

"The Evangelist" is such a unique album, coming out in the wake of Grant's death. It's both a celebration and a mourning of him.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, 11 June 2019 02:46 (one week ago) Permalink

Excited for this poll.

A couple of solo tracks worth hyping

Robert - Baby Stones (though I like the Go-Betweens version better that the original solo version): https://youtu.be/_0s1IiZlD9k

Grant - Easy Come Easy Go: https://youtu.be/sJ9096U897k

that's not my post, Tuesday, 11 June 2019 04:49 (one week ago) Permalink

"why not do the searching around here and try to involve me?" always makes me giggle a little.

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Tuesday, 11 June 2019 05:17 (one week ago) Permalink

Giving these guys a proper listen today, it's striking how much they improved as they went along -- it's not often that a post-reunion album is a serious contender for best album in a band's discography (whereas the 70's stuff is pretty unremarkable).

enochroot, Tuesday, 11 June 2019 23:02 (one week ago) Permalink

I also suspect that people get so rabid about them partially because they never reached their proper level of recognition -- like there's a certain obligation to correct the historical record.
If "Streets of Your Town" was as big a hit as "Under the Milky Way", I'm not sure they would have quite as many ILX cred points.

enochroot, Tuesday, 11 June 2019 23:11 (one week ago) Permalink

what

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 11 June 2019 23:18 (one week ago) Permalink

I understand how their fans weaved the band's pathetic sales into the band's mystique -- this was going on in the early '90s if not before. But, uh, fans would've greeted "Streets of Your Town" as a possible hit marvelously -- and it did get airplay.

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 11 June 2019 23:20 (one week ago) Permalink

Look, i'll be the first to admit that it's not as fun to stan for a band once everyone else knows about them.
In any case, I am pretty excited to learn more of their back catalog via this poll.

enochroot, Tuesday, 11 June 2019 23:39 (one week ago) Permalink

Thanks for doing this one, Nag! Longtime Go-Betweens fan, never noticed the LL thing before. (Typical.) I hadn't heard about Go Between Bridge, either. Really cool. It has an endearing Wikipedia page. I'm sure my ballot will be lopsided with Forster. First I'll be giving it all a listen. I want surprises.

punning display, Tuesday, 11 June 2019 23:43 (one week ago) Permalink

It's nice that the word 'poll' has two Ls in it. Did anyone ever ask the band about that album title rule of theirs?


Yes, and they said it was unintentional until it was pointed out to them.

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Wednesday, 12 June 2019 01:05 (one week ago) Permalink

My favourite reunion era cut is 'Darlinghurst Nights' from Oceans Apart.

A favourite McLennan solo cut that didn't make it onto Intermission is 'Simone and Perry', the opening track on Horsebreaker Star.

aphoristical, Wednesday, 12 June 2019 01:19 (one week ago) Permalink

I like "Simone and Perry" too, desite sounding like the theme song for a 1995-era- WB show like, say, "Party of Five."

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 12 June 2019 01:25 (one week ago) Permalink

Does anyone dig McLennan's In Your Bright Ray?

I love all his solo albums, though the one I gravitate to most is "Fireboy." "Horsebreaker Star" has some great songs, but I find it kind of slick in a, yeah, Party of Five sort of way. But I still like it.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 12 June 2019 01:32 (one week ago) Permalink

Ha -- Fireboy I can't get into much: too many tracks built around title hooks and not much else.

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 12 June 2019 01:35 (one week ago) Permalink

One secret reason for suggesting this poll was to give myself a big incentive to come to terms with GM's solo stuff. Horsebreaker Star was the only album I heard in full in the 90s, and only a handful of times. A year ago a list of Solo GM Songs I Can Remember Well might not even have been as extensive as the Intermission tracklist. It's surely been my strangest blindspot of all.

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Wednesday, 12 June 2019 01:49 (one week ago) Permalink

With the lead guitar, it said on the 16 Lovers Lane documentary that John Willsteed overdubbed a lot of guitar parts onto 16 Lovers Lane.

aphoristical, Friday, 14 June 2019 03:20 (one week ago) Permalink

Yeah, the nylon-string solo on "Streets..." is famously Willsteed's. And the various stacked "mandolin-like" [his words, IIRC] concoctions, etc. He gets quite emotional about how much he was allowed to contribute and his enduring fondness for the record in the Right Here documentary. Which was interesting given his fabled abrasiveness during that period.

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Friday, 14 June 2019 04:45 (one week ago) Permalink

I knew the fancier guitar parts weren't McLennan, couldn't remember who played them though. Love his lead work though.

John Harris is a Guardian columnist (Tom D.), Friday, 14 June 2019 07:29 (one week ago) Permalink

The leisurely deadline is another two weeks away but here's a BUMP for anyone who might have overlooked it.

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Monday, 17 June 2019 07:11 (one week ago) Permalink

Working on it.

John Harris is a Guardian columnist (Tom D.), Monday, 17 June 2019 07:22 (one week ago) Permalink

On the matter of non-virtuosic guitar parts, I always liked the repeated two-note licks on this b-side I already mentioned. (And McLennan's talk-y singing, for that matter.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xk_TWaznR_k

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Monday, 17 June 2019 08:43 (one week ago) Permalink

Love that track, it's on my long list.

John Harris is a Guardian columnist (Tom D.), Monday, 17 June 2019 08:52 (one week ago) Permalink

I think it's virtually the first thing they did they did with Vickers on bass, so I guess that's the birth of McLennan as official lead guitarist right there. :)

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Monday, 17 June 2019 08:54 (one week ago) Permalink

He plays lead guitar on the first album!

Orpheus Knutt (Tom D.), Monday, 17 June 2019 12:13 (one week ago) Permalink

Not as "official lead guitarist" though. :) Guitar on three tracks by the look of it. Interesting.

Other thing I can't believe I only just noticed: Stewart Lee wrote sleeve notes for the 2002 issue.

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Monday, 17 June 2019 13:50 (one week ago) Permalink

Not sure how I failed to realise it was Amanda Brown playing violin on this!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2R-dV6uwYk

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Wednesday, 19 June 2019 02:23 (five days ago) Permalink

I think I have my top 30 Go-Betweens songs and my albums list ready. Just need to work on the solo/side projects part now.

These guys really are the best.

kitchen person, Wednesday, 19 June 2019 04:59 (five days ago) Permalink

Didn't realise that Westlake played a BBC Janice Long session in 1987 backed by Brown, Forster & Vickers. (xpost)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSwA4zCZXVk

Portsmouth Bubblejet, Wednesday, 19 June 2019 07:42 (five days ago) Permalink

starting to worry that these songs are all Too Good and therefore impossible to rank

old cloud yells at man (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 19 June 2019 13:39 (five days ago) Permalink

Go Betweens done in by choice paralysis.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 19 June 2019 14:10 (five days ago) Permalink

More like Can’t-Choose-Betweens amirite

old cloud yells at man (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 19 June 2019 14:14 (five days ago) Permalink

These Servants/Westlake revelations perhaps shouldn't be surprising. I seem to recall the 1990 Servants LP sounding like possibly the only record ever modelled on Send Me a Lullaby.

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Wednesday, 19 June 2019 14:24 (five days ago) Permalink

I just listened to Send Me A Lullaby for the first time, and did not have a good time. Any tips on what's good about it?

L'assie (Euler), Wednesday, 19 June 2019 18:03 (five days ago) Permalink

Er, Lindy's drumming?

Orpheus Knutt (Tom D.), Wednesday, 19 June 2019 18:04 (five days ago) Permalink

It's a fascinating disaster.

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 19 June 2019 18:09 (five days ago) Permalink

Sometimes I think I'm the only person in the world who likes Send Me A Lullaby. I'm biased; it's an album that changed my life in lots of little ways. I wrote an article about it at 16 for a site with loose connections to this one, and that led to a few fun years writing about music. Years later, I named my dating profile after a track off the album thinking no one would recognise it. I met one guy who did and we ended up living together. I associate the album with romantic folly and sadness; it's a really teenage record, all fumbles and mistakes.

To me it sounds wonderful and trembly and vulnerable, if a little overlong. Grant's songs are gorgeous and sad, and Eight Pictures is one of Robert's best lyrics. It's just post-punk weirdly worn by traditional songwriters who didn't suit it - a necessary growth spasm to get to Before Hollywood. I still like it better than great swathes of 16 Lovers Lane.

verhexen, Wednesday, 19 June 2019 18:53 (five days ago) Permalink

I quite like it. Though a couple of tracks are downright ugly and it may have been better as an eight-track mini album like the original Aus issue. (A slightly different selection of eight tracks. eg. 'Eight Pictures' wasn't on that, insanely.)

I sometimes wonder what it would have been like if they'd gone to John Brand an album earlier and captured some prettier vocal takes.

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Wednesday, 19 June 2019 23:46 (five days ago) Permalink

Agree with that - though I find it hard to forgive them for that one track with the worst sax playing I've ever heard in my life.

Orpheus Knutt (Tom D.), Thursday, 20 June 2019 06:51 (four days ago) Permalink

You could argue that The Wave Pictures based their entire career on Eight Pictures

PaulTMA, Thursday, 20 June 2019 08:49 (four days ago) Permalink

yes! their cover of it is so good.

verhexen, Thursday, 20 June 2019 12:54 (four days ago) Permalink

The weird thing about that saxophone is that it was played by this bloke, who was, unsurprisingly, rarely (ever?) credited as a saxophonist anywhere else. There's at least one interview where the GBs giggled about having a proper pop star guesting on their record.

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Thursday, 20 June 2019 13:32 (four days ago) Permalink

Ride is my main keeper on Send Me A Lullaby. I've always found it so odd that it's such a weak and confused sounding record as they'd already put out some great singles before it (Hammer The Hammer, Karen, I need Two Heads). It's not like they hadn't learnt to write good songs by then, it's just they didn't pick their best material.
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kitchen person, Thursday, 20 June 2019 13:42 (four days ago) Permalink

BUMP! Just over a week until the arbitrary and not particularly rigid end-of-the-month voting deadline.

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Sunday, 23 June 2019 01:48 (yesterday) Permalink

So I downloaded what purports to be the "Worlds Apart" EP and "Ashes On The Lawn" sounds just like "The Locust Girls".

Also discovered some other heretofor unknown Go-B's b-sides:
https://www.discogs.com/The-Go-Betweens-Here-Comes-A-City/release/11021483

1 Here Comes A City 3:22
2 Erotic Sunshine 3:11
3 Stone 4:23

Anyone heard the latter two?

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Sunday, 23 June 2019 03:40 (yesterday) Permalink

Just going through some of their solo works. I honestly could vote for every song on The Evangelist. It's such a special album.

kitchen person, Sunday, 23 June 2019 04:27 (yesterday) Permalink

And it's getting a vinyl reissue in a couple of weeks. Will definitely be picking that up.

kitchen person, Sunday, 23 June 2019 04:33 (yesterday) Permalink

I have to think some more about solo stuff. Just got around to entering my (GB) tracks. Every album but one is represented. And I just realised I included 5 consecutive tracks from one of them!

Have received just a handful of others so far, so any given ballot may well have the power to seriously skew the distribution!

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Sunday, 23 June 2019 08:14 (yesterday) Permalink

Ballot sent! 9 albums represented, really surprised myself there

bunny slopes, Sunday, 23 June 2019 09:20 (yesterday) Permalink

Even found room for non-album singles (Hammer the Hammer/Rock and Roll Friend) and STILL feel like I barely scratched the surface. So so many great songs

bunny slopes, Sunday, 23 June 2019 09:29 (yesterday) Permalink

My focus is pretty narrow, but there's still too many good songs to choose only 30. I've only got two RF solo albums so I'm not going anywhere near that poll.

Orpheus Knutt (Tom D.), Sunday, 23 June 2019 10:26 (yesterday) Permalink

It's not that I think the solo work is better but I've found the process of whittling down to 30 harder. Nearly there.

Alba, Sunday, 23 June 2019 10:50 (yesterday) Permalink

Before Hollywood is tricky though. I like it almost as much as Liberty Belle but when it comes to picking individual tracks it's harder to pick standouts.

Alba, Sunday, 23 June 2019 10:52 (yesterday) Permalink

That Way, or nothing at all

verhexen, Sunday, 23 June 2019 16:57 (yesterday) Permalink

another song with a killer McLennan opening line

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 23 June 2019 16:58 (yesterday) Permalink

Yes, I think there are standouts on that album!

Orpheus Knutt (Tom D.), Sunday, 23 June 2019 17:20 (yesterday) Permalink

Think it's harder to pick from the Forster songs on that one. What are the favourites? I think Ask and By Chance for me.

verhexen, Sunday, 23 June 2019 17:23 (yesterday) Permalink

MAKE MEEEE LAH-SSST

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 23 June 2019 17:24 (yesterday) Permalink

The caretakers kept, he's to be fired soon...

Orpheus Knutt (Tom D.), Sunday, 23 June 2019 17:26 (yesterday) Permalink

Yes, On My Block is the one that's made a late entry for me.

Alba, Sunday, 23 June 2019 17:35 (yesterday) Permalink

Lot of great endings to songs on Before Hollywood. That Way, On My Block, the title track... all just kind of circling away around a repeated lyric. I love it.

verhexen, Sunday, 23 June 2019 17:50 (yesterday) Permalink

"Before Hollywood" itself is particularly good for that IMHO. It's almost like three distinct songs go by before they lock into the final "they'll do they can to hold you doooown" chant. It nevertheless feels like it's all building up to that.

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Sunday, 23 June 2019 23:52 (yesterday) Permalink

Er, "do WHAT they can".

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Sunday, 23 June 2019 23:57 (yesterday) Permalink

Is it a breach of etiquette to open polls to people who are not yet ILXors? I kinda feel like mentioning it on the long-standing GB forum.

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Monday, 24 June 2019 00:57 (fifteen hours ago) Permalink

Go for it, I say: the solo tracks poll in particular could do with a good number of people across all the albums.

Alba, Monday, 24 June 2019 04:27 (twelve hours ago) Permalink

Opening ILX to people who are not ilxors seems like a good idea in general to me

i will never make a typo ever again (Karl Malone), Monday, 24 June 2019 04:38 (eleven hours ago) Permalink


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