From 1989 - 1998, after the Go-Betweens disbanded, Robert Forster and Grant McLennan recorded four albums each. Here their radically different writing styles were showcased; Robert arch and dramatic, Grant earnest and poppy. But the fervour of the fanbase was such that many fans compiled their own new Go-Betweens LPs from the highlights of their respective albums. This curious happening may well have inspired this novel compilation. Various discussions about the album regularly reappeared. Perhaps their songs should be mixed up together. Perhaps it should just be one CD. Sometime in late 2005 after their masterpiece swansong Oceans Apart, Robert and Grant decided that this compilation should at last be brought into the light. The new artistic plateau they had reached with that LP had convinced them that the reformation of the Go-Betweens had to permanent thing and it may well have been the security of that knowledge which allowed them to glance back at their solo years from a safe perspective.
They both quickly chose the songs for their respective albums and Grant came up with the title Intermission. With Grant McLennan's passing on the 6th May 2006, it will be the last time that team works together again It is important to remember that throughout the 80s the Go-Betweens were a cult band and their solo outings would sadly court only a rarified audience. But their influence extended way beyond that generation and forms the roots of so much of the guitarist pop we hear today and there is no other act that began circa 1978 that can match the consistency of their canon. And for those of us who took a punt on their solo albums, discovering such magical gems as Horsebreaker Star and Danger In The Past the rewards were plentiful. It was a reminder of how great these two songwriters were. Forster's isolated vignettes of longing and McLennan's great outpourings of sublime pop music were thrown into relief. All the solo albums are worth your investigation but for now, here are some of the greatest highlights from a fascinating chapter in their career. Compiled by the writers themselves and Grant McLennan's last message to you, his listeners. Thank you for your support. Rest in peace.
"McLennan and Forster are the kind of lavishly talented artists who, you suspect, would find it hard to make a bad album" -- Alexis Petridis, The Guardian