The Go-Betweens

Streets of Your Town

Composed by Grant McLennan / Robert Forster

Song Review by

"A pop song," Grant McLennan described it, further noting that the BBC would only play it "on sunny days." That about sums it up, but not to its detriment, the band's ear for shimmering Euro-tinged '60s pop echoed once more in the breezy, slightly Bacharach/David air to the arrangement. That Amanda Brown thought her backing vocals "too Jane Birkin" further draws the connection, but saying this is revival would be going too far -- as with the Go-Betweens in general, the spirit here is placing inspiration from the past into a shimmering present, centered around the calm electric/acoustic energy of a rock band rather than a pop assembly line. With a fine acoustic guitar break and the expected steady swing from the band no matter what the source of inspiration, "Streets of Your Town" may not cut as deep as some Go-Betweens songs but is none the worse for that.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
16 Lovers Lane 1988 Import 3:36
No Image 1990 Capitol
No Image 1990 Capitol/EMI Records
Now Hear This! [Cema] 1992
Various Artists
Bellavista Terrace: Best of the Go-Betweens 1999 Beggars Banquet 3:38
Oceans Apart 2005 Yep Roc 3:36
Finding You 2005 TIN 3:36
That Striped Sunlight Sound 2006 Yep Roc 3:49
20 Years of Rage 2007
Various Artists
ABC Music 3:37
Songs from the 100 Best Australian Albums 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:34
Triple J: 40 Years of Music 2015
Various Artists
ABC 3:34
101 Ultimate Aussie Hits
Various Artists
EMI 3:37
Decade of Classic Australian
Various Artists
Festival Records
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