Monday, May 08, 2006

Grant McClennan, RIP

He passed away May 6 in his sleep.

Poptones' memorial.

Never the greatest singers, the Go-Betweens always had a way with a delicate, memorable melody and an awkward, evocative lyric. While their later stuff was hit and miss to me, the early 80s trio of "Send Me A Lullaby", "Before Hollywood" and "Spring Hill Fair" would be envied by many a lesser band. (Hell, most of them would have amputated limbs to write "Cattle and Cane".) McClennan's most interesting work to me after the Go-Betweens was his collaboration with the Church's Steve Kilby, the maddeningly uneven Jack Frost. At their worst, the duo magnified each others' flaws, but when they were on, there were stunning beautiful songs like "Running From The Body" and "Civil War Lament" that are worth scouring the bargain bins for. A veteran of that uncalculated era when art, punk and pop made gawky and yet lovely new hybrids; we'll miss him around there parts.


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