Robert Forster: 'The Last Word On The Album Goes To Grant'
News posted Friday, August 31 2012 at 10:00 AM.
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It was drummer Lindy Morrison's idea to name the new Go-Betweens collection Quiet Heart. Grant McLennan's song of the same name, originally from 1988's classic 16 Lovers Lane, is also the final track on the career retrospective, which comes out today through EMI. As Robert Forster revealed in a soon-to-be-published interview with M+N, Morrison emailed him about that specific song and he agreed with her about its unique power.
"That was Lindy’s idea," said Forster. "She just said something in an email about ... how much it meant to her and what a central song it was. [It was] just instantly, definitely, great [as the] album title. It’s an easy thing in my mind."
He continued: "It played into aspects of our career and how we’re perceived. It was a fit. I think it’s great the last word on the album goes to Grant. It’s a mammoth song. There’s a lot of people who could cover that song. It’s classic building blocks. The verse, descending middle eight, bang into a big chorus. It never feels forced, it never feels like empty anthem-writing; it feels real and each piece just flows on. Fantastic lyric. You’d have to count it as one of his best songs, easy."
In the upcoming interview with M+N contributor Jody Macgregor, Forster discusses all 18 selections from Quiet Heart at length.