Sunday, 7 August 2011

SONG OF THE WEEK #23: The Go-Betweens - "Karen"

When it comes to The Go-Betweens, the list of great songs I have to choose from is quite endless. For here was a band with not one, but two amazing songwriters; both writing affecting, articulate pop songs, both with their own distinctive styles.

“Karen” was the b-side to their first single ever, “Lee Remick” (1978). Its memorable tune and intense performance (not least vocally – from Robert Forster) proved from the onset that this was the coming of Australia's finest band, delivering the absolute best in classic, charismatic pop music. (Interesting though that it took a girl to tell me what is behind this song...)

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