The Go-Betweens

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The Go-Betweens were an Australian indie rock band formed in Brisbane, Queensland, in 1977. The band was co-founded and led by singer-songwriters and guitarists Robert Forster and Grant McLennan, who were its only constant members throughout its existence. Drummer Lindy Morrison joined the band in 1980, and its lineup would later expand to include bass guitarist Robert Vickers and multi-instrumentalist Amanda Brown. Vickers was replaced by John Willsteed in 1987, and the quintet lineup remained in place until the band split two years later. Forster and McLennan reformed the band in 2000 with a new lineup that did not include any previous personnel aside from them. McLennan died on 6 May 2006 of a heart attack and the Go-Betweens disbanded again. In 2010, a toll bridge in their native Brisbane was renamed the Go Between Bridge after them.

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The Go-Betweens
Five adults framed in upper body. In the front row, the left female is shown in left profile, slightly turned to her left and smiling, she wears a white dress with black polka dots and has a serpent tattoo on her upper left arm. Behind her, a slightly balding male is more turned towards the front and has his arms folded across his chest, his shirt is dark with white polka dots. Back to back to him is the second female in right profile with her right hand touching her shoulder. In the back row, the left male has white hair and is facing forward, he is wearing glasses and has an obscured design on his shirt. The right male has dark hair, he is staring forward and wears a black tee shirt.
The Go-Betweens, 1988
Left to right: Amanda Brown, John Willsteed, Grant McLennan, Lindy Morrison, Robert Forster
Courtesy Paul Cox, Capitol
Background information
OriginBrisbane, Queensland, Australia
Years active1977–1989, 2000–2006
LabelsAble, Missing Link, Rough Trade, True Tone, Beggars Banquet, Postcard, Capitol (US), LO-MAX
Past membersSee past members below

In 1988, "Streets of Your Town", the first single from 16 Lovers Lane, entered the Top 100 on both the Kent Music Report chart in Australia and the UK Singles Chart in the United Kingdom. The follow-up single "Was There Anything I Could Do?" was a No. 16 hit on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart in the United States. In May 2001, "Cattle and Cane", from 1983's Before Hollywood, was selected by Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) as one of the Top 30 Australian songs of all time. In 2008, 16 Lovers Lane was highlighted on Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) TV's The Great Australian Albums series.

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