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Although “16 Lovers Lane” is the Forgotten Gem here, I would argue that Go-Betweens themselves are the true Forgotten Gem. as one of the most under-rated bands and writing partnerships of all time. Lennon & McCartney and Jagger & Richards were undoubtedly hugely creative and successful partnerships but for me, Grant McLennan and Robert Forster have written some of the most beautiful songs of all time. “16 Lovers Lane” just shows them at their creative peak.

Text: Jason Newton

Other songs on the album include the sweet and brief ‘Devils Eye’ and the gentle, romantic harmonies of ‘Clouds’, which remind you of how it feels to be with the person you were always destined to be with and that being together forever

After “16 Lovers Lane”, McLennan and Forster decided to take a break from the Go-Betweens and work on solo albums, which they did for 12 years until they were asked to perform at a 10th anniversary party for renowned French music magazine ‘Les Inrockuptibles’. They did and it went so well that they recorded three more critically acclaimed albums over the next six years, although mainstream commercial success still somehow eluded them.

“Deep down I’m lonely and I miss my friend” Sadly, Grant McLennan died of a heart attack in 2006. So there will be no more Go-Betweens albums, although Robert Forster has since released a solo album “The Evangelist”. On ‘Dive For Your Memory’ from 16 Lovers Lane’, Forster sings ‘Deep down I’m lonely and I miss my friend’ and although it was initially written about a relationship break-up, eighteen years later and with McLennan’s sad passing away, this song seems more poignant than ever. A huge influence on bands like REM, Belle & Sebastian and Franz Ferdinand, the Go-Betweens’s catalogue of albums are full of openly romantic and idealistic lyrics with a gentle undertow of occasionally spiky and naturally melancholy optimism. Perhaps the Go-Betweens were never destined to be loved by the masses (not necessarily a bad thing) but if you have not yet listened to “16 Lovers Lane”, listen to it now. It’s graceful, sublime and truly magnificent. And in your darkest days, can be a wonderful thing. But it’s not all sweetit will give you the hug you need when you need ness and light as in the spiky and aggressive end it most. And that can only be a good thing. of a relationship fable on ‘Was There Anything I Could Do?’ “16 Lovers Lane” is out now.

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