Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Go-Betweens

The Go-Betweens - Streets of Your Town 7'' (Limited Boxed Edition) + Ticket Stubs

Following a great Go-Betweens post over at the Underground of Happiness I thought I'd post some scans of the Beggars Banquet Boxed Edition of the Streets of Your Town 7''. Streets of Your Town was taken from the band's sixth album 16 Lovers Lane and released as a single in 1988. Beggars released the single in a number of different formats: 7'', 12'', CD Single and this 7'' Boxed Edition. The label released a number of these 7'' boxed editions for their artists at the time. I remember seeing one for The Fall's Jerusalem single and I can only assume that the reason behind the different formats was to ensure that fans bought  multiple copies of the single to help it achieve a higher chart placing.

The Go-Betweens - Streets of Your Town 7'' (Limited Boxed Edition BEG 218B)

The different copies of Street of Your Town sold enough to give the band their highest charting single in the UK: it reached No. 80 on 8 August 1988. The Go-Betweens box housed the 7'' single along with a band photograph, a street plan and a button badge. Streets of Your Town would be re-released the following year but the second edition only charted at No. 82.

The Go-Betweens - Streets of Your Town 7'' (Front)

Streets of Your Town remains one of my favourite Go-Betweens tracks. I bought the 12'' single and played it to death on my old PYE record player, I always loved the contrast between the beautiful upbeat tune, Amanda Brown's poppy backing vocals and Grant's dark melancholic lyric:

"Don’t the sun look good today?
But the rain is on it’s way
Watch the butcher shine his knives
And this town is full of battered wives."

The Go-Betweens - Streets of Your Town 7'' (Back)

Band Photograph from Streets of Your Town 7'' (Limited Boxed Edition)

Street Plan from Streets of Your Town 7'' (Limited Boxed Edition)

The street plan is of Sydney's King Cross area with a note at the bottom: "Dear Banquet, we all, well most of us, live somewhere on this map. You guess where. Johnny"

Streets of Your Town - Button Badge

The Go-Betweens - The Mean Fiddler, 3 June 1997

I got to see Forster & McLennan play live in Dublin in 1997. After the gig Grant autographed my ticket stub: "To the boy". My friend had her stub also signed by Grant: "To the girl".

Forster & McLennan - Vicar Street, 4 June 1999

Two years and one day later the guys returned to Dublin for another amazing night. The band filmed two different videos for Streets of Your Town, below is the lesser known first version.