Grant McLennan - RIP

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Alfred, Lord Sotosyn (Alfred Soto), Saturday, 6 May 2006 19:29 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Was there any word of him being ill or anything? This is really startling. RIP.

Zwan (miccio), Saturday, 6 May 2006 19:34 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Heard about this a few hours ago, third-hand through an acquaintance who lives near him. Seemed unbelievable and...still does, really.

Michael Jones (MichaelJ), Saturday, 6 May 2006 19:35 (twelve years ago) Permalink

What the ... ??? Right out of nowhere. RIP.

NoTimeBeforeTime (Barry Bruner), Saturday, 6 May 2006 19:36 (twelve years ago) Permalink


Aaron W (Aaron W), Saturday, 6 May 2006 19:37 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Yeah, somehow this doesn't quite seem real. He was fantastic when I saw them play last June.

Rickey Wright (Rrrickey), Saturday, 6 May 2006 19:38 (twelve years ago) Permalink

If anyone knows more info, pass it along. I don't know if he had a pre-existing health condition.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn (Alfred Soto), Saturday, 6 May 2006 19:40 (twelve years ago) Permalink

So sad. RIP.

Doktor Faustus (noodle vague), Saturday, 6 May 2006 19:41 (twelve years ago) Permalink

This is pretty sad. Only got 'Liberty Belle and the Black Diamond Express' by the Go Betweens, but always thought it was a great album.

fractal (fractal), Saturday, 6 May 2006 19:54 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Noooooooooooooo! This is terrible. RIP

Johnny Fever (johnny fever), Saturday, 6 May 2006 19:58 (twelve years ago) Permalink

That's really sad news..I'm totally shocked. RIP. Even if he was pushing 50, as a songwriter he was still in his prime....

Jacobo Rock (jacobo rock), Saturday, 6 May 2006 20:00 (twelve years ago) Permalink

ah fuck. just reading this elsewhere, too. RIP. was just listening to G-Bs the other day

that's so taylrr (ken taylrr), Saturday, 6 May 2006 20:02 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I have a very fond memory of Grant and Robert performing an acoustic show in Detroit around 1998 or so. They ended with Cattle and Cane. Now I really, really regret missing the past few Go-Betweens tours. RIP. Grant's music meant a lot to me.

Aaron W (Aaron W), Saturday, 6 May 2006 20:03 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I interviewed Robert Forster a ocuple of months ago; about as humble, wry, and intelligent a guy as I've ever met. If Grant was anything like his longtime partner he's gonna be really missed.

I won't write much since I'll probably compose something longer later, but anyone who knows me knows how much the Go-Betweens' music has meant to me over the years. I'm just happy he died at the peak of his powers; last year's Oceans Apart was as extraordinary as their peak '80s material.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn (Alfred Soto), Saturday, 6 May 2006 20:07 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I've actually got that G-B's mix CD-R you made me in the CD changer now, Alfred. Thank again for that.

Zwan (miccio), Saturday, 6 May 2006 20:08 (twelve years ago) Permalink


DOQQUN (donut), Saturday, 6 May 2006 20:13 (twelve years ago) Permalink

My pleasure. I always felt like they were the best kind of cult band: you wanted everyone to know about them, were disappointed when people focused on their obvious flaws to the exclusion of their considerable strengths, and delighted when someone "got it" in the same way you did.

(xpost to Anthony)

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn (Alfred Soto), Saturday, 6 May 2006 20:15 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Shit.. Really sad. RIP

robster (robster), Saturday, 6 May 2006 20:22 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I think I'm going to throw up. The GBs were my favorite pop band since The Beatles. I don't know what to say. And I never got the chance to see them perform. Fuck, fuck, fuck. He had too many great songs still to write.

Jim M (jmcgaw), Saturday, 6 May 2006 20:31 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Saw the thread title and it hit me like a punch to the stomach. Lie everyone else said, it doesn't seem real. So sad. RIP. Selfishly, I'm glad I got the chance to see him perform live.

ailsa (ailsa), Saturday, 6 May 2006 20:35 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Now that's a shock.
Aaron, I was at that accostic show (Pontiac?) as well, and my wife and I saw Grant a couple of years earlier in a cafe in Hamtramck. He was driving around the states in a station wagon, playing these tiny tiny venues. We ate dinner there, then he came in, pulled up a stool right next to us, and began playing. My wife was there just as my date, saying that she didn't know who the Go-Betweens were. But it seemed during the start of every second song or so, she tugged my shirt and whispered, "I know this one!"

Seemed to be a very genuine, sincere man.
....who happened to write some great songs.


peepee (peepee), Saturday, 6 May 2006 20:48 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Jesus fucking christ. Completely unexepected, and devastating news.

I just saw the Go-B's last summer and got to meet Grant a bit backstage. He looked to be in incredible shape and in good spirits.

R.I.P. Grant.

Baked Bean Teeth (Baked Bean Teeth), Saturday, 6 May 2006 20:51 (twelve years ago) Permalink

truly awful shocking news. great songwriter, great band. rip.

j blount (papa la bas), Saturday, 6 May 2006 21:08 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Jesus H. Christ, you're not kidding! :-(

Man. You know, I never saw them live or him solo, and I regret it terribly now. Had many chances too. You just think you'll eventually get the time.

The one story I have -- I interviewed him around the time Horsebreaker Star came out. Funny as hell, great times had. Towards the end I asked him about the song "Simone and Perry" and he mentioned it was about two friends of his. I offered that I had read the title thinking about Nina Simone and Lee Perry -- not being serious, just the first thing that leapt to mind. He laughed heartily and said, "That's a good idea, I might say that in the future!"

RIP. This is seriously sad.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 6 May 2006 21:31 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Christ, it just hit me, the writer of "Cattle and Cane" is dead.


Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 6 May 2006 21:33 (twelve years ago) Permalink

And "Streets of Your Town."

Baked Bean Teeth (Baked Bean Teeth), Saturday, 6 May 2006 21:36 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I almost don't want to run the full list over in my mind.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 6 May 2006 21:38 (twelve years ago) Permalink

So far the only info I can find is from the above mentioned Go-Betweens website. Could this be a hoax?

Wishful thinking, I know.

Jeff K (jeff k), Saturday, 6 May 2006 21:39 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I was just relistening to 1991's Watershed, his first solo album, and the songs shine through the horrible programmed drums. He was a poetic lyricist without any of the opprobium summoned whenever the adjective is used: he weighed every line, wasn't afraid of courting absurdity or foolishness ("Just Get That Straight" has that line about running over the beloved boyfriend's with a big ol' tractor), and understood that narrative creates its own suspense and thus its own poignancy.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn (Alfred Soto), Saturday, 6 May 2006 21:39 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i remember getting a copy of the friends of rachel worth in the mail and not listening to it for the looooooongest time, thinking - eh, there is no way it's gonna be as good as prime go-betweens - and i didn't want my good memories to be sullied. wrong much!! what an idiot i was. i wasted all that time not listening when i should have been celebrating. sorry, grant. never should have doubted you. it's a cliche, but you will not be forgotten. all those great songs will be spinning somewhere forever.

scott seward (scott seward), Saturday, 6 May 2006 21:39 (twelve years ago) Permalink

For some reason, this is hitting me harder than losing John Lennon or Joe Strummer. Perhaps because The Beatles and to some small degree, The Clash, belonged to everyone. I know the Go-Betweens are pretty big on these boards, but in my own, tiny universe, they were MY band.
What sucks is that 99.99 percent of the music-listening world has never even heard of him. I once found myself in an e-mail correspondence with a woman from Australia, and she had never heard of the GBs.

Jim M (jmcgaw), Saturday, 6 May 2006 21:43 (twelve years ago) Permalink

This reminds me of the day D. Boon died. No one who listens to radio will even notice.

Jim M (jmcgaw), Saturday, 6 May 2006 21:45 (twelve years ago) Permalink


Baked Bean Teeth (Baked Bean Teeth), Saturday, 6 May 2006 21:46 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Scrounging turns up this Christgau piece on Horsebreaker and McLennan in general from 1995, and this bit reminded me again of that essential humor he had:

Yet in the end, as cultists know and too few others will find out, the lyrics are worth digesting. If my favorite line involves, of all things, songs--"Really loved the one about those L.A. freaks/Did it take a day to write or was it weeks?"--that's only to say he knows more about them than the competition.

So true. Like I just muttered elsewhere, it's those people who actually break through my own 'the lyrics don't matter' stance that I end up cherishing all the more because they're actually good.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 6 May 2006 21:49 (twelve years ago) Permalink

It's funny, I recently went on the GB's official message board, asking about the T-shirt Grant was wearing for the cover of "Friends of Rachel Worth." I want it sooooo bad. The response was:

"Jim, with all due respect, are you joking? Grant's a serial sartorial shocker, and there he is, alas, caught once again on 'The Friends...' Why not hunt down a Forsterish canary-yellow suit instead? I'm not sure where you'd get that shirt, sorry."

I still want that shirt.

Jim M (jmcgaw), Saturday, 6 May 2006 21:55 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Like I just muttered elsewhere, it's those people who actually break through my own 'the lyrics don't matter' stance that I end up cherishing all the more because they're actually good

Yup. *sigh*

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn (Alfred Soto), Saturday, 6 May 2006 21:57 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Very sad news. I love the first Jack Frost album he made with Steve Kilbey as well. What a loss.

Jay Vee's Return (Manon_69), Saturday, 6 May 2006 22:00 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Even if we ignore the lyrics, McLennan's melodic prowess was unequalled. A large part of what made his solo career a bit wearying despite considerable highpoints was that all those great hooks (over the most rudimentary of chords at times) lined up one after the other -- without Forsterian dourness -- made me yell, "Dude, stop! One at a time!" quite often.

This guy should be remembered as one of the greats, and only about 5% of music lovers recognize his achievements.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn (Alfred Soto), Saturday, 6 May 2006 22:09 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I've had my differences with Ned (I love you NED!!!!!), but I very rarely ever listen to lyrics. This guy wrote some great hooks, which I appreciate more than artichoke hearts with garlic and pasta.

4th martini coming up.

Jim M (jmcgaw), Saturday, 6 May 2006 22:11 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I keep googling his name in "news" and nothing comes up. But my newspaper didn't print any news of Mile Davis' s passing either.

5th martini coming up.

Jim M (jmcgaw), Saturday, 6 May 2006 22:17 (twelve years ago) Permalink

The comments here are pretty impressive. I've never really paid much attention to the Go-Betweens, who I moments ago realized I have always conflated with Prefab Sprout for some reason. (Sorry!) I guess I should seek something out...

pleased to mitya (mitya), Saturday, 6 May 2006 22:18 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Again, pleased to mitya, email me and I'll burn you some stuff. Take advantage while I'm still terribly drunk.

What a horrible fuckin' day.

Jim M (jmcgaw), Saturday, 6 May 2006 22:22 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Just got a horrible text informing me of this. Brings back memories of talking to Robert Forster at a London after show party, last year or the year before, who informed us that Grant could not attend because he was 'upstairs smoking a spliff'.

An actual genius. Not many that can be said about. RIP.

Ally C (Ally C), Saturday, 6 May 2006 22:28 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Did that screenplay he and Robert were working on ever get finished or produced?

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 6 May 2006 22:29 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I don't think Grant was a genius, but he could write a tune that stayed in my head for days. I'll take that over a genius any day.

6th martini coming up.....

Jim M (jmcgaw), Saturday, 6 May 2006 22:32 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Aaron, I was at that accostic show (Pontiac?) as well, and my wife

Yeah, Pontiac, MI at the 7th House. I remember it really vividly.

This completely sucks. Grant was what, only 48? Awful.

Aaron W (Aaron W), Saturday, 6 May 2006 22:38 (twelve years ago) Permalink

No one's mentioned Robert Forster. I was always touched that when the Go-Be's broke up in '88 there was little rancor b/w the two men. When I spoke to him in February he said enough about what Grant meant to him without getting drippy:

Our relationship’s changing all the time. We’re still discovering its magnitude. Any successful relationship requires a lot of give and take. If the spotlight’s on your partner instead of you, you learn to accept it. We’ve seen famous bands where they’re all friends break up, and it’s sad. We’re passed that point, though. We’re concerned with the greater good. Certainly in the ‘80s, when we faced a lot of commercial pressure—to write hit singles and so forth—it’s a bad situation for two songwriters, and was not good for our friendship. But the peak is still there, and we’re looking for new ones.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn (Alfred Soto), Saturday, 6 May 2006 22:49 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I was just reading the interview you did for Stylus. I'll save you the embarrassment and include the link.

Aaron W (Aaron W), Saturday, 6 May 2006 22:55 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Thanks, Jim. There's always P2P out there. Perhaps some of the mp3 blogs will post things on Monday.

Just out of curiosity, how big were they in Australia?

pleased to mitya (mitya), Saturday, 6 May 2006 22:57 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Devastated. Now doubly glad I paid for both nights when they were in NY. 16 Lovers Lane is my favorite album of all time.

PeopleFunnyBoy (PeopleFunnyBoy), Saturday, 6 May 2006 22:59 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Robert Christgau has a piece up at the Voice now. It ends nicely ewith this:
"Admittedly, McLennan's pick hit came early, in 1982: "Cattle and Cane," about childhood in the outback, shows up on many greatest-songs-of-all-time lists, including U2's. But now that he's lost his voice, remember 2005's "Finding You": 'What would you do if you turned around/And saw me beside you/Not in a dream but in a song?' Or 2000's "The Clock": 'But then the clock turns/And it's now/And its you-ou-ou-ou-ou-ou.'"

dan. (dan.), Friday, 12 May 2006 17:22 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I had missed that apparently he was going to propose to Emma P. at that party. Jeez Louise. :-/

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 12 May 2006 17:32 (twelve years ago) Permalink

That's the only place I've read that.

TRG (TRG), Friday, 12 May 2006 17:34 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I almost choked up again. I wonder how Robert held up..

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn (Alfred Soto), Friday, 12 May 2006 18:13 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Here's one more obit, by my friend and colleague Justin Cober-Lake:

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn (Alfred Soto), Friday, 12 May 2006 18:23 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Interesting to read Paul Kelly pay tribute. It never occurred to me that Kelly would be influenced by the Go-betweens, but why not? I guess Australia, for its vast size, is really a small, tight-knit music community.

My Aussie relatives have never shown any interest in home-grown talent. Maybe for his birthday I'll buy my brother in law Simon "16LL."

My narcissistic reaction to the news (still sinking in) was that, as long as my own health holds up, every single musician I love and respect will pass in my lifetime. It's a sad, scary thought, incentive alone, I suppose, to find new bands and musicians to love and respect. Though few I imagine will be on par with what the music Grant made meant to me.

Josh in Chicago (Josh in Chicago), Friday, 12 May 2006 19:23 (twelve years ago) Permalink

The Australian Senate passed the following resolution on Thurs 11th May in recongition of Grant and his work: (courtesy of Senator Andrew Bartlett from the Australian Democrats)

The Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the loss suffered by the Australian music community and music lovers with the death on 6 May 2006, of Queensland born and bred songwriter and musician, Mr Grant McLennan,

(ii) the contribution made to music by Mr McLennan as a songwriter and performer over nearly three decades, which is highly respected and widely recognised as very influential,

(iii) that the song ‘Cattle and Cane’, written by Mr McLennan and performed by the Go-Betweens was named by the Australian Performing Rights Association as one of the ten greatest Australian songs, and

(iv) the significant inspiration that Mr McLennan and the Go-Betweens provided to musicians from Brisbane and beyond over many years; and

(b) conveys its sympathies to his mother, immediate family and past and present band members.

QB, Saturday, 13 May 2006 00:11 (twelve years ago) Permalink

The stories keep coming on the tribute thread -- it moves me at how closely the band ended up intertwined with so many stories of domesticity, for lack of a better word. Lots of tales of relationships and love and children.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 13 May 2006 00:29 (twelve years ago) Permalink

September 1987 came around. A girlfriend and I caught the Go-Betweens live at a small venue in San Diego, as they promoted the release of (still) one my all-time favorite albums: “Tallulah” (which is the name of my daughter whom is soon to be born). At one point Grant invited the crowd to call out requests. My girlfriend and I participated in calling out “Part Company”, and of course “Bachelor Kisses”, to which he smiled and humorously replied, “Asking us to dig up the past. Unfortunately, those are a couple we haven‘t played in a while. I doubt we‘d be able to play them properly for you at this point“. What utterly surprised both me and my girlfriend is that after the show as we stood talking with friends, Grant actually came down into the crowd, approached me and my girlfriend, introduced himself and apologized for not being able to play our requests. I was amazed. It is one of the very few and rare moments that I have ever been undeservingly approached with immediate grace and reverence. He ultimately spent the next 30 minutes or so chatting with us. This wasn’t just some man whom is a musician, this was a man with admirable politeness & genuine stature. I remember his humor and laugh. I would catch several more of their live shows as the years went on.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn (Alfred Soto), Saturday, 13 May 2006 01:10 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Wow, Senator Bartlett offers the best incentive to vote for the Democrats in quite some time!!

Nag! Nag! Nag! (Nag! Nag! Nag!), Saturday, 13 May 2006 06:22 (twelve years ago) Permalink

One last Kilbey post to note, talking about his reflections on the funeral service (plus some other stuff about Bush and Vonnegut that's worth a read). Fave bits:

the service was ok
a few too many messages from our sponsor, maybe
but it was ok


i had one of grants fave drinks a long island tea
which seemed to have 5 different white spirits in it
and certainly knocked me around
i met the moody and enigmatic ed kuepper
(and i hugged him!!)
what a gentlemen

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 13 May 2006 22:46 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I just heard Darlinghurst Nights - I assume Robert will never perform that one again.

dave's good arm (facsimile) (dave225.3), Sunday, 14 May 2006 20:35 (twelve years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...
For those of you in or around San Francisco, I'm going to be participating in a Grant McLennan tribute show at the Hemlock this Wednesday (6/7). The lineup consists of members of Still Flyin' and Architecture in Helsinki. We'll be playing fifteen of Grant's songs.

sheep sheet (serious sheet), Friday, 2 June 2006 15:47 (twelve years ago) Permalink

two months pass...
Robert remembers. It's a lovely tribute.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 24 August 2006 21:08 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Also, a great comment from the message board from a fellow who talked with Steve Kilbey on the Church tour:

I asked him to talk about Grant which he was more than happy to oblige. He talked about working with him and what type of person he was. It was really nice to talk to someone who worked and knew him. Steve is very poetic and speaks with bravado at times. He lightened up the conversation saying, "Why did Grant have to go? He was such a gentleman. Why couldn't it have been Liam Gallagher?"

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 24 August 2006 21:10 (eleven years ago) Permalink

That was great, Ned. Thanks. Learning about Grant's inconsolable melancholy really floored me.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn (Alfred Soto), Thursday, 24 August 2006 21:31 (eleven years ago) Permalink

What Alfred said. On a side note, it's interesting to see that Forster had been writing about music for that mag most months. Must surely have been his most painstaking contribution!

Nag! Nag! Nag! (Nag! Nag! Nag!), Friday, 25 August 2006 07:08 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Grant really amazed me last summer at Seattle's Triple Door. He sang "Cattle and Cane" as if delivering one of Shakespeare's soliloquies. And with no trace of pretension, either.

Rickey Wright (Rrrickey), Friday, 25 August 2006 08:05 (eleven years ago) Permalink

two months pass...
Just a quick revive here to note that the official band news page has some info:

* Tribute show in Brisbane on Nov. 30

* First Jack Frost album has been remastered/reissued with extra tracks

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 16 November 2006 17:57 (eleven years ago) Permalink

four months pass...
I finally (!) got Fireboy. The most uneven of his solo albums, but shit shit shit, "The Dark Side of Town," "Fingers," and "Riddle in the Rain" rank with his best.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Monday, 2 April 2007 23:50 (eleven years ago) Permalink

how hard was it to find Fireboy, Alfred? I just last year after Grant McLennan died was able to snag a copy of Horsebreaker Star, which I love. became quite obsessed with the Go-Betweens, too; "Darlinghurst Years" became my song of choice during a bad, bad time late last summer when my mother was dying. I like what Alfred said upthread about them being the best sort of cult band whose faults sort of melt away in the light of their considerable virtues; my take exactly; and I can only describe the experience of becoming a fan for life as like falling in love (corny, I know), where it just clicks and you get it. it's funny, all these people I knew died last year, some really close to me, and in my head I get it all intertwined with McLeannan's death and his music, and I'm afraid I feel worse, and better, about it now than when it all happened. That's what music of the Go-Betweens' and McLennan's caliber does for you.

whisperineddhurt, Tuesday, 3 April 2007 00:58 (eleven years ago) Permalink

excuse me, Mr. McLennan, for spelling your name wrong just now, man I need a drink.

whisperineddhurt, Tuesday, 3 April 2007 00:59 (eleven years ago) Permalink

hey edd: Fireboy is available at eMusic, if you do the download thing.

Roy Kasten, Tuesday, 3 April 2007 01:06 (eleven years ago) Permalink

edd, I found an extremely cheap copy on Amazon last week.

can only describe the experience of becoming a fan for life as like falling in love (corny, I know), where it just clicks and you get it. it's funny, all these people I knew died last year, some really close to me, and in my head I get it all intertwined with McLeannan's death and his music, and I'm afraid I feel worse, and better, about it now than when it all happened.

*shudder*. This suspicion only intensifies as I age. Hope you're ok, at least tonight, edd.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Tuesday, 3 April 2007 02:05 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Oh yeah, I'm fine. Music and film, especially, although I get it from literature and painting too, work on this time-travel principle for me so much of the...time. The Go-Betweens' best music addresses that sort of loss, it's almost in the bones of the enterprise. I'd always liked them--had been a fan of Tallulah and [/i]Rachel Worth[/i]--but somehow or other I got their style, their (sometime) clunkiness, which I read as the sincerity of artists who wanted to know the world, through travel, through their formalism, and through good old rock and roll band dynamics. So now I'm like a really huge admirer of their music. One thing death teaches you is how important art actually is. I'll look on amazon--thx Alfred and Roy (the latter who wrote a really great obituary for GM in No Depression that's still one of my favorite pieces of writing ever). Go ahead Roy, take a bow, you earned it.

whisperineddhurt, Tuesday, 3 April 2007 13:06 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Is Roy's article available?

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Tuesday, 3 April 2007 15:01 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I don't think ND has it online. Edd: if you haven't read Alfred's piece in Stylus (far better than mine), go here:

Roy Kasten, Tuesday, 3 April 2007 17:00 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Hard to believe it's almost been a year.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 3 April 2007 17:01 (eleven years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

And now, four years.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 6 May 2010 15:21 (eight years ago) Permalink

Damn. I've currently no Go-Between or McLennan songs on my iPod.

One of my favorite ILM threads, this. Lots of good writing, fond memories.

cool and remote like dancing girls (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 6 May 2010 15:24 (eight years ago) Permalink

I've currently no Go-Between or McLennan songs on my iPod.

Jazzbo, Thursday, 6 May 2010 15:31 (eight years ago) Permalink

Peter Milton Walsh (he of The Apartments) posted a rather stirring tribute to Grant today:

His observations on The Go-Betweens are equally fascinating:
What I liked most about them and the world of their songs, was its immaculate innocence. A childlike world, radiant with hope. Huge, huge hope. Daydream believers. In the howling chaos that seemed to be my life at the time, there was nobody like that. I’m not sure there ever had been.

doug watson, Thursday, 6 May 2010 17:56 (eight years ago) Permalink

That's crazy, I broke out Before Hollywood on Thursday, and then the rest of the catalogue, first time I'd listened to them in ages. Was thinking about how sad it was to lose that talent, and I didn't even notice the significance of the date. His River of Money gets me more and more every time.

verhexen, Saturday, 8 May 2010 01:29 (eight years ago) Permalink

My first thought when I saw this thread revived was that he wasn't dead anymore. :(

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 8 May 2010 01:42 (eight years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

Eternally missed.

Mule, Monday, 6 May 2013 16:11 (five years ago) Permalink

will play "Dusty in Here."

A deeper shade of lol (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 6 May 2013 16:20 (five years ago) Permalink

Aw man, that'd bring real tears. It's a strange feeling having real emotions for someone you've never met.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Monday, 6 May 2013 17:09 (five years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

I write these words to his tune
that he wrote on a full moon
And a river ran, and a train ran, and a dream ran
through everything that he did

Mule, Wednesday, 6 May 2015 14:42 (three years ago) Permalink

oh dear

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 6 May 2015 14:44 (three years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

10 years. Sigh.

Mule, Friday, 6 May 2016 10:49 (two years ago) Permalink

Memory wastes.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 6 May 2016 10:52 (two years ago) Permalink

Bigger-than-usual one of these tonight:

(The one where Robert turned up and played some songs a couple of years ago was all-time for me.)

Tim, Friday, 6 May 2016 10:55 (two years ago) Permalink

I miss him, I miss this band. Going to be playing their stuff today.

Kitchen Person, Friday, 6 May 2016 14:04 (two years ago) Permalink

from Forster's Facebook page:

May 6, 2016. Ten years ago today Grant McLennan of The Go-Betweens passed away. A sad anniversary to mark, but necessary in so many ways, not the least because he was a great singer-songwriter and a wonderful friend. I think of him often; he is not someone who has faded - remaining close to me as he always will be, in memory and music. We knew each other for just over thirty years - for seventeen of them we were in a band, for the remainder of the time the friendship was just as important and central to us. Grant and I did a lot of talking together. Pitching ideas, making plans, swapping enthusiasms we had, and laughing. We were a force together. The sting to this day shall be strong as he died in Brisbane, The Go-Betweens were a Brisbane band, and today I shall be out in the city and tonight will sleep in it. Thinking of Grant. Warm greetings to all who read this, and have Grant firmly in their lives too. Hold on. Fond Regards. Robert.

tylerw, Friday, 6 May 2016 14:06 (two years ago) Permalink

Beautiful tribute

Kitchen Person, Friday, 6 May 2016 14:12 (two years ago) Permalink

That tribute gig looks great. Can't believe it's been 10 years.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 6 May 2016 17:17 (two years ago) Permalink

I'm afraid to wear my Grant McLennan t-shirt anymore because I don't want it to fade.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 6 May 2016 17:20 (two years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Is the book ever coming out in the US?

Barkis Garvey (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 8 August 2017 03:12 (eleven months ago) Permalink

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