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The Go-Betweens on Rage

The Go-Betweens on Rage

Watching The Go-Betweens on Rage has been a rite of passage for Australians for years, no matter if it’s a vintage clip for Spring Rain or Streets of Your Town. There are two clips for the latter; one directed by Kriv Stenders capturing the places The Go-Betweens lived in, and played in.

Writing in The Guardian, Barry Divola commented,

“Whenever I hear Streets of Your Town, it’s the images from this video that play in my head – slabs of bright blue sky behind terrace houses, telephone lines, clock towers, apartment blocks and train stations. There are glimpses of the Sydney harbour bridge, overhead tram lines in Melbourne and buildings in central Brisbane. And lots of sun glittering on water.”



Streets of Your Town

The song was included on an iPod given to Barack Obama by former PM Julia Gillard. Taken from 16 Lovers Lane, it appeared in U2’s set list at the Brisbane concert during their Vertigo World Tour in dedication to Grant McLennan.

The 16mm Steenbeck Clip

Kriv Stenders has a YouTube channel showing this and other work, including the film Red Dog.  His work for The Go-Betweens on Rage sits alongside a second clip, commissioned by the record company.

“This was one my first ever music videos. I made it with Antony Clare, a friend from Brisbane and the idea was based on the photographic style of one his short films from art college. We shot this in my last year at film school and I remember we travelled by car from Brisbane, to Sydney and then Melbourne filming various members of the band in their favourite parts of each city. We were completely exhausted at the end of it all. It was shot on old 16mm reversal film and edited by hand on a Steenbeck by Annette Davey who is now an established feature film editor in New York…”

Programming Rage

Rage has a tradition of asking musicians to guest-program the show, and on Saturday 8th May 1999, Robert Forster and Grant McLennan sat in a hotel room and did just that.

Thanks to Golden Daze at YouTube for uploading clips from the program including the introduction by Robert and Grant, here. The Go-Betweens would program Rage again, with Amanda Brown and Lindy Morrison, almost two decades later.


Chase the Dragon – Beasts of Bourbon

Robert programs The Beasts of Bourbon’s Chase the Dragon much to Grant’s amusement. You can see the song here.


The Go-Betweens on Rage – programming the Beasts of Bourbon.

Sexy Boy by Air


Raining Pleasure by The Triffids

Grant McLennan introduces one of his favourite tracks here, commenting: “One of the most beautiful songs about desire and longing that I’ve ever heard. And I’m going to miss – like we all should – David McComb.”


The Forster/McLennan Playlist

You can download the whole Go-Betweens Rage program, above,  on the ABC-TV website. This is the playlist from Saturday 8th May, 1999 (below).

Saturday 8th May 1999   Robert Forster and Grant McLennan guest program rage
11:50pm Sexy Boy – Air Virgin
Hand In Your Head – Money Mark Polydor
Music Sounds Better With You – Stardust Virgin
12:00am Be My Baby – Ronettes, The EMI
In The Flesh – Blondie EMI
Only Love Can Break Your Heart – St. Etienne Warner
Chase The Dragon – Beasts Of Bourbon Polydor
Jimmy Rogers – Fur Shock
White Rabbit – Jefferson Airplane Universal (MCA)
Long May You Run – Neil Young Warner
12:30am Some Kinda Angel – Mojave 3 Shock
Bathtime – Tindersticks Mercury
In The Neighbourhood – Tom Waits Mercury
The More You Ignore Me – Morrissey EMI
Sorrow – David Bowie EMI
So Young – Suede Sony
What Presence – Orange Juice Independent
Raining Pleasure – Triffids, The Festival
Las Vegas – Underground Lovers Polydor
1:00am Rachael’s Coming Home – Russell Morris Festival
Remedy – Black Crowes, The Sony
Summer Here Kids – Grandaddy V2
Goddess On A Hiway – Mercury Rev V2
Bobby Peru – Luna Shock
Not Dark Yet – Bob Dylan Sony
1:30am The Model – Kraftwerk Independent
Running Up That Hill – Kate Bush EMI
Slave To The Rhythm – Grace Jones EMI
Ray Of Light – Madonna Warner
I Love The Nightlife – Alicia Bridges Polydor
Trash – Suede Sony
2:00am I Love Women – Lou Reed BMG
Baby Stones – Robert Forster Universal (MCA)
Someone, Somewhere – Wannadies, The BMG
There She Goes – La’s, The Polydor
Friday I’m In Love – Cure, The Warner
Public Image – P.I.L. Virgin
The Lights Are Changing – Mary Lou Lord Sony
Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft – Carpenters, The Polydor
2:30am Cloudbusting – Kate Bush EMI
Soon – My Bloody Valentine Shock
Ohio River Boat Song – Palace Brothers Shock
Cattle And Cane – Go-Betweens, The Universal (MCA)
Bachelor Kisses – Go-Betweens, The Warner
Spring Rain – Go-Betweens, The Polydor
Head Full Of Steam – Go-Betweens, The Universal (MCA)
3:00am Right Here – Go-Betweens, The BMG
Bye Bye Pride – Go-Betweens, The Polydor
Streets Of Your Town – Go-Betweens, The Universal (MCA)
Was There Anything I Could Do – Go-Betweens, The Universal (MCA)
Cryin’ Love – Robert Forster Shock
Surround Me – G.W. McLennan BMG
Simone & Perry – Grant McLennan Shock
Don’t Blame The Beam – F.O.C. Polydor
3:30am If You Want Release – F.O.C. Universal (MCA)
Already Gone – Powderfinger Polydor
Don’t Wanna Be Left Out – Powderfinger Polydor
Good Day Ray – Powderfinger Polydor
The Day You Come – Powderfinger – Live On Recovery Polydor
JC – Powderfinger – Live on Recovery Polydor
D.A.F. – Powderfinger Polydor
Pick You – Powderfinger Polydor
Top 50
50. Westside – TQ Sony
4:00am 49. Millennium – Robbie Williams EMI
48. How Do I Deal With Love – Jennifer Love Hewitt Warner
47. Say It Once – Ultra Warner
46. Every You, Every Me – Placebo Virgin
45. Zorba’s Dance – LCD Virgin
43. Stay The Same – Joey McIntyre Sony
42. Doo Wop (That Thing) – Lauryn Hill Sony
41. It’s Our Time – Ilanda Shock
4:30am 40. Praise You – Fatboy Slim Sony
39. All Torn Down – Living End, The EMI
38. 9pm (‘Til I Come) – ATB MDS
37. Right Here, Right Now – Fatboy Slim Sony
36. Last To Know – Human Nature Sony
35. End Of The Line – Honeyz Mercury
34. Put Your Hands Up – Black && White Brothers Central Station
5:00am 33. Girlfriend/Boyfriend – Blackstreet featuring Janet Jackson Universal (MCA)
32. Enjoy Yourself – A+ Universal (MCA)
31. Smile & Shine – Pandora Universal (MCA)
30. Lullaby – Shawn Mullins Sony
29. Stand By Me – 4 The Cause BMG
28. Save Tonight – Eagle-Eye Cherry Polydor
25. Livin’ La Vida Loca – Ricky Martin Sony
24. You Don’t Know Me – Armand Van Helden Polydor
5:30am 23. Tearin’ Up My Heart – N’Sync BMG
22. Have You Ever? – Brandy Warner
21. Angel Of Mine – Monica BMG
20. How Deep Is Your Love – Dru Hill Mercury
19. This Kiss – Faith Hill Warner
18. Protect Your Mind – DJ Sakin && Friends Central Station
17. Every Morning – Sugar Ray Warner
16. Thank Abba For The Music – Steps, Tina Cousins, Cleopatra, B*Witched & Billie Sony
6:00am 15. Anthem For The Year 2000 – silverchair Murmur
13. You Get What You Give – New Radicals Universal (MCA)
12. No Matter What – Boyzone Polydor
11. Strong Enough – Cher Warner
10. Honey To The Bee – Billie Virgin
9. Fly Away – Lenny Kravitz Virgin
8. Until The Time Is Through – Five BMG
6:30am 7. Touch It – Monifah Universal (MCA)
6. That Don’t Impress Me Much – Shania Twain Mercury
5. The Animal Song – Savage Garden Roadshow
4. Baby One More Time – Britney Spears Mushroom
3. Why Don’t You Get A Job? – The Offspring Sony
2. We Like To Party – Vengaboys Central Station
1. No Scrubs – TLC BMG


Amanda Brown and Lindy Morrison


Amanda Brown and Lindy Morrison programmed Rage 18 years later, as The Go-Betweens Right Here  documentary launched in Sydney, in the wake of Robert Forster’s autobiography, Grant and I (Penguin).


Thanks to Samuel Tsige for uploading this on YouTube.

The Song List

Details on Amanda Brown and Lindy Morrison’s song list, from 8th July 2017 can be found at the Rage website.  This is a small selection, along with the music mentioned in the clip.

THE KNIFE – Heartbeats
MONTAIGNE – I’m A Fantastic Wreck
BEYONCE – Formation


Collecting Australian Music

Naomi Dinnen's musical memories.
Naomi Dinnen’s musical memories.

Collecting Australian Music

Thanks to AC/DC but also obscure Australian artists like Leong Lau (his 1977 album is currently selling for $1574) the backstage passes, tickets, vinyl and other collectables from Down Under are now seen as a good investment.

Naomi Dinnen, part of whose personal collection was kindly  photographed by her for AMMP, had more than a decade in the music industry, successfully publishing an independent music magazine. She was a columnist for Rolling Stone, Drum Media, 3D World and Juice Magazines, worked for EMI Music and PolyGram Records.  Not everyone has a collection of laminates but they can and do turn up at street markets and garage sales – and on eBay.

 Collecting Go-Set Magazines

Go-Set magazines retail for around AUD$50 online. They are already preserved at The State Library of Victoria on film archives and at the National Film and Sound Archive. A copy of Go-Set bought in 1973 for 25 cents has increased in value 200 fold.


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Collecting Nick Cave 

Nick Cave is one of the few Australian musicians to have crossed the threshold from ‘muso’ to sought-after museum, art gallery and library name. This famous photograph by Bleddyn Butcher (below) appeared in an exhibition on Australian Bohemia, presented at The State Library of Victoria.

Euchrid’s Crib, a gelatin silver photograph, taken in West Berlin on 3rd August 1985 captured Nick Cave when he was writing his novel And the Ass Saw the Angel  and Butcher’s title identifies the character from Cave’s book. This was both Cave’s  bedroom and study, complete with human hair.

When Australian musicians cross the line from gigs to galleries, libraries and museums, prices tend to rise accordingly.

This photograph of Nick Cave with Rowland S. Howard (and unfortunate cat) taken by Peter Milne was part of his superb Juvenilia exhibition at the Strange Neighbour gallery in Fitzroy, Melbourne.

Ballarat painter Casey Tosh captured Nick Cave in a portrait which has also found its way onto T-Shirts. He has also drawn Warren Ellis, a former Ballarat resident. The fact that Tosh has also created a whole laneway of street art dedicated to Rowland S. Howard in Ballarat may one day make his paintings and T-shirts collectable.




Paper Investments

What to watch for –
Australian magazines and street press that has a) vanished and b) escaped household recycling bins could be tomorrow’s Go-Set.

Bon Scott (seen here pointing to Juke magazine) has left a paper trail which is worth collecting.  On the Street, Drum Media and Ram are also worth watching out for.  Tony Mott, the Australian photographer who has exhibited widely and also produced a number of books, has helped to make what used to be free street press, collectable (below).

Australian music posters are best represented in Plastered  by Murray Walding with Nick Vukovic (The Miegunyah Press, 2005) which is now, by itself, a collectable book. The Hair and Masters Apprentices posters, here, are from Plastered.



The Masters Apprentices at Parramatta Town Hall.
The Masters Apprentices at Parramatta Town Hall.

Vinyl Investments


A copy of the Masters Apprentices 1979 album Now That It’s Over signed by the late Jim Keays sells for $80 online. Meanwhile, the Taman Shud Evolution LP is valued at $150

Australian pressings of British punk singles and albums are worth watching. The Clash put out London Calling in a Down Under version in 1979 which is now worth $100.  Looking for an eclectic selection? Try Vicious Sloth. This online store is a good source.

From Radio Birdman/Iggy Pop cancelled tour posters to mint-condition box-sets you may find that your Australiana ends up becoming far more valuable than stamps or coins to collectors.

Most people know that The Beatles Yesterday and Today is worth a lot of money (about $995 as we head towards 2020).


Who knew that a Tasmanian Christian folk group called The Ascension Four would put out an album worth $65 today, though?

Age and obscurity are not always the keys to a good investment, though. Famous, recent names like Magic Dirt are worth watching. You can buy a poster advertising a gig with Magic Dirt and Rowland S. Howard at The Corner Hotel on 29th October 2008 for $124.99

The poster was free at the time. So was the poster advertising a Nick Cave story in The Monthly magazine – now worth $84.99.

Nick Cave posters are highly collectable.
Nick Cave posters are highly collectable.


Start Small or Start Big?

Start small or start big? You don’t have to have a huge outlay to start collecting and vinyl is easily stored and portable.

Artists within bands – who contributed to memorable sleeve art – include Mental As Anything. Vinyl singles with iconic Australiana may help you to up your investment one day. Try  the Mental as Anything ‘Creatures of Leisure’ single for $20.

Sometimes mysteries occur in the marketplace and That Rongeng Sound by Leong Lau is one of them. Asking price? $1574.62 online.

The Beatles in Australia

There are two redesigned Antipodean Beatles covers – Beatles for Sale (tour photographs) and With the Beatles.

An Australian promotional copy of The White Album on eBay is $6000. One of the reasons for this is the censored photograph of a naked John Lennon on the poster which came with the album.

What to Watch

Bands like The Sunnyboys who found their career revived with a television documentary are now seen as an investment. Their self-titled, limited-edition, yellow vinyl album is now $325.

The Sunnyboys on yellow vinyl $325.
The Sunnyboys on yellow vinyl $325.

Midnight Oil posters are worth a long look as the band’s touring exhibition  and its important place in Australian political history is bound to make them desirable to the investors of the future. Blank Canvas Australia sell this poster (from Noosa, below) for almost $250.  It’s also strange but true that a mere flier, from a band like INXS, is now worth $49.99 online.

It is worth trawling eBay, record collectors’ fairs, secondhand shops and open-air markets to see what you can find.

Should this single (below) turn up in a car-boot sale, though, you’d better snap it up. This is God Save the Queen by The Sex Pistols on A&M Records and it’s currently worth $24,411.

Do you have a photograph of your Australian music memorabilia you’d like to share with AMMP? Please let us know. Thank you.

The Sex Pistols' famous single $24, 411
The Sex Pistols’ famous single $24, 411



This Oils poster is worth $249.99
This Oils poster is worth $249.99

INXS Flier 49 99

Collecting Australian music – this INXS flier measures up.