Nottingham Trent Polytechnic, June 1989
Swift New Musical Express, 17 June 1989
was heard to be done the other day when Streets Of Your Town followed
Orange Crush on daytime Radio 1. The Go-Betweens first genuine near-hit
may be 12 months old, but what a relief that soft-touch rock on
the radio need not be the property of the same old bozos.
have discovered, after too many years in these latitudes, that the
best move is westward ho! Reports of success arrive at the right
time because the Go-Betweens records are getting better and even
live show remains good, but not great. This melodic rock'n'roll
troupe are well short of 'angles' so beloved of us all,
there is no Stipe-like character to swing the uncommitted voter.
Robert Forster seems more subdued now, especially as his longtime
vocal partner Grant McLennan now seems to take more of the leads.
His voice is now stronger, clearer, and cuts more ice on FM.
more recent 16 Lovers Lane material fared best tonight. It and the
preceding Tallulah collection stand as the most self-assured of
their albums, and this comes across in-concert, as the songs run
smoothly and sound a lot fuller, with no small thanks to multi-instrumentalist
venues acoustics fell well short of any decent standard (as usual)
and thus two superb recordings Spirit Of A Vampyre and Bye Bye Pride
were delivered as flat as a pancake, which was disappointing. But
Was There Anything I Could Do? was excellent compensation, and Right
Here proved that if exhumation of the back catalogue is needed for
a hit, then full-scale grave-robbing should be in order. An army
of record pluggers could yet do that song justice.
spun into farthest history for encores of Karen and Cattle And Cane
(a shaky duet). The mid-period songs rarely see light of day now.
For the Go-Betweens, though, tomorrow may bring the paydirt, and
betting against them may still be folly.