Ep 219: The Go-Betweens

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The Go-Betweens

Recorded by Mark Louttit
Live Mix by Katie Yowit
Recorded at Baroona Hall, Brisbane, 3rd July 1983

Brisbane, Australia – 1983. The city was in the midst of its adolescence, trying desperately to shake off the ‘big country town’ stigma and evolve into something resembling a modern city. The wink of Matilda’s eye may have evaporated, but government authorities were already getting ready to unleash the charming powers of Expo Oz the Platypus, a mascot that apparently heralded the emergence of a more adult Brisbane as the city sweltered towards the 1990s.

Still, the music and art scene was locked in a perennial ‘pig city’ skirmish with the destructive forces of the Bjieke-Petersen government. The Saints had emerged and promptly moved abroad, while local radio 4ZZZ, still based at the University of Queensland, continue to agitate its way through the veins of the modern Brisbane alternative landscape.

In late ‘83, The Dead Kennedys would play a blistering set before being strong armed towards the jailhouse by the local Queensland junta and David Bowie would end up feeding camping fans outside Lang Park with steak sandwiches ahead of his concert stopover in November of the same year.

A month before the Kennedys legendary encounter with the Queensland police, local heroes The Go Betweens organised a show on the 3rd of July, 1983 at the heritage listed Baroona Hall in Caxton Street, Petrie Terrace testing out a few new tracks that would later feature on their third album, Spring Hill Fair.

The band would play an early version of future Forster single “Man O Sand to Girl O Sea”, before later returning to London to re-record the song for the forthcoming record – something Forster later considered a mistake in his Go Betweens autobiography, Grant and I. Xero member and future Go Between, John Wilsteed was present at the show, circulating leaflets accusing the Go Betweens of betraying the Brisbane punk music scene.

We’re very fortunate today to have located a live recording of that 1983 gig. This is the band in their transitional phase, moving on from nostalgia of Cattle and Cane towards the endearing beauty of Bachelor Kisses. Sit back, relax and enjoy the sound of the early Go Betweens.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 27th of August 2017.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

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Episode 17: Harmony; Adele & Glenn; Ben Salter

Harmony - Photo by Justin Edwards

Harmony

In this special episode of Live Delay, as usual, we have some exceptional live performances to showcase, including Melbourne’s HARMONY, who Live Delay recorded when the band visited Brisbane in February 2013. Also joining Harmony on the bill is former Go Betweens members’ ADELE & GLENN, as well as Brisbane song crafter extraordinaire, BEN SALTER.

HARMONY
Recorded by Darragh Murray and Branko Cosic.
Mixed by Branko Cosic.
Recorded at the Alhambra Bar, Brisbane.

A melange of souful rock and roll and gallow blues, Harmony are one of the best bands going in Australia today. Featuring the powerful voice and guitar of Tom Lyncoln (The Nation Blue), drummer Alex Kastaniotis, and bassist Jon Chapple (ex-Mclusky), Harmony also throw in a three-part gospel choir for good measure which gives their sound even more transcendental dynamics.

Recently, They’ve followed up their critically acclaimed self-titled debut with a solid 7 inch release of ‘Do Me A Favour’ in early 2013, with their second record due to be released sometime very soon. Until then you can enjoy this exclusive live set from the band, featuring six excellent songs.

Find out more about Harmony.

ADELE & GLENN
Recorded by John Robinson for BEAU FM.
Mixed by Matt Dever.

Sydney duo Adele Pickvance & Glenn Thompson are well known for their participation in the second coming of The Go Betweens in the early 2000s. Thompson also played drums for the beloved Custard during the late 1990s. But they’re also an excellent duo in their own right, playing a unique brand of folky-pop music. They released a well-received LP in 2012 called ‘Carrington Street’ but this live set comes from their 2012 appearance at the Big Sound conference in Brisbane.

Find out more about Adele & Glenn
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BEN SALTER
Recorded by John Robinson for BEAU FM.
Mixed by Matt Dever.

The multitalented Ben Salter is well known in the contemporary Australian musical landscape – cutting his teeth with the hard rocking Giants of Science while exercising his folkier alt-country moods via The Gin Club. He also went solo, releasing a critically acclaimed record – The Cat back in August 2011.

He’s a man with a distinctly powerful voice and a sly charisma that shines on his songs. The set we feature today on Live Delay comes from Big Sound in Brisbane in 2011

Find out more about Ben Salter.

Airing details: First aired via Zed Digital, 8-9pm, Friday 10 May 2013.
Production and engineering: Darragh Murray.
Kudos: Branko Cosic, BEAU FM, John Robinson, Matt Dever, Justin Edwards.

Post photo by Justin Edwards. Used with permission. Original photo on This Is Not A Photo Opportunity.