The Go-Betweens were a beautiful snapshot of indie pop in Australia. With a penchant for writing songs that invoked feelings of nostalgia, whilst sometimes hiding a more sinister edge, the songwriting partnership of Grant McLennan and Robert Forster is one that deserves to rival that of John Lennon and Paul McCartney.
The Go-Betweens’ 1989 album 16 Lovers Lane was their last as the original version of the group. After 12 years and six albums, the group sadly parted ways, remaining disbanded all throughout the ’90s, before a reunion in the 2000s was eventually cut short due to the death of Grant McLennan.
16 Lovers Lane remained one of the group’s most enduring and popular albums though. Filled with with a number of upbeat, catchy examples of indie-pop, the group enjoyed what as probably their closest shot at mainstream success with it, though their profile never manages to gain the widespread fame they deserved.
‘Streets Of Your Town’ is arguably the best known track from the album. With a summery, poppy sheen to the song, the lyrics hide a darker story; “Don’t the sun look good today but the rain is on its way, watch the butcher shine his knives, and this town is full of battered wives.” It showed an immense beauty hidden within the darker confines of the song.
Although The Go-Betweens sadly no longer exist as a musical group, songs such as ‘Streets Of Your Town’ perfectly exemplify the perfect mixture of catchiness and professional songwriting that they were known for.