My personal anecdote was meeting him at the Shock Records Christmas party in about 1993 or 1994.* That gig was, I think, the one of the few times that he and Robert Forster had performed a gig together since The Go-Betweens were disbanded in 1989. He was pretty approachable, more so than the more flamboyant Forster. I just made some young rookie small talk about how I’d enjoyed their set or something like that.
I saw them again at the now defunct Continental Café in Melbourne, probably some time in the mid-nineties and before they officially reactivated The Go-Betweens in 2000 and went on to perform many more gigs together (releasing three albums, most recently Oceans Apart in 2005). To my shame, I never went to see them play in London when the opportunities arose in the last few years.
To slightly bastardise the meaning of the lyrics in The Go-Betweens song Part Company:
“Come and have a look, beside me
A fine line of tears, part company.”
* Hence I’m sceptical of the claim in the The Go-Betweens Wikipedia entry that (Forster and McLennan)”were inspired to work together after they were invited by fans at French music magazine Les Inrockuptibles to perform at the magazine’s 10th anniversary.” (in 1996)
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