The Go-Betweens on Film

The Go-Betweens on Rage and on film (Right Here).

The Go-Betweens on Film

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.”


The Film – Right Here

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.

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



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