Wow! Thanks, nilpferd. Consider When People Are Dead well and truly donded (Dusty in here was already a winner)
You're welcome! Check out "the singles- 1978-1990" here- lots of great unreleased material.http://www.go-betweens.org.uk/discography/199078to90/199078to90.htm
Thanks for posting these - anyone who isn't familar with The Go-Betweens has no excuse now! Listening to People Are Dead and tring to imagine what it must sound like to someone listening to it for the first time, I found myself asking why it should be that so many of the best singers around really can't sing! Robert Forster, Jonathan Richman, Edwyn Collins to name but three - I would add Lou Reed but I've never liked the man...
True, Robert Forster is speaking more than singing. What I find so powerful with "When people are dead" is this naked aspect to his voice, it really feels like someone recalling age-old memories and feelings, and trying to make sense of them. Perhaps with a more musical voice, the same lyric would have seemed hammy or false.
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