You've always got further to go
Released in 1988, this was the band's 6th album and the last one that they'd record with the original line up. They'd given up on the possibilities that London offered and had returned home to Australia.
The band broke up the next year and were eventually reformed by Forster and McLennan in 2000.
I know a lot of folk love their earlier albums because of the rough edges; every cult band needs flaws; but this was a perfect gem; their most accessible album by a mile; Grant's at the height of his powers and even Robert's often acerbic contributions are sugar coated; his affected vowels are actually quite lovable here.
'I'm ten feet under waaater...'
It's McLennan's pop sensibilities that dominate, Forster seems to have been pushed a little to the edges.
Apparently much of the inspiration was a tense affair between Grant and band member Amanda Brown. It's a sunny delight on the surface but there are shadows beneath; you still get the bitter/sweet Lennon/McCartney thing from the two leads but the love and regret is so lushly presented as to make everything swoonsome. Sure, there are the usual barbs (butchers knives and battered wives) but the hooks ensure that this one digs deep and refuses to let go.
Bohemian, eccentric, polished, funny, cryptic, irresistible.
Here's the perfect pop of Streets of Your Town:
There was tension during recording; bad blood even; you'd never guess from the euphoric video of 'Was There Anything I Could Do?'
Quiet Heart is a smoldering beauty:
As is 'Love Goes On':
Finally, a little bit of love medicine from Dr Robert: