The Go-Betweens

🏷 Indie pop/rock from Australia

"Head Full of Steam" by The Go-Betweens
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1986

Released in March 1986, the Go-Betweens’ fourth LP, Liberty Belle and the Black Diamond Express, was the band’s most accessible album up to that point: [drummer Lindy] Morrison said she believed that if drum machines and synthesisers had replaced the organic arrangements it would have been a hit. This new FM-friendly approach was a surprise to those who had been following the Go-Betweens from the start, but in retrospect it was a natural progression for a band who always had a pop sensibility. Liberty Belle is often regarded as rather hit and miss, but Head Full of Steam is a highlight. Its softer, janglepop sound showed that shifting towards simplification could work in their favour. As [singer, songwriter, and guitarist Robert] Forster said: “I’m writing a lot less complicated music, and it’s giving me space to put myself in it.”

📄 The Guardian
📷 Derek Ridgers/Domino Records


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