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This Weekend I’ll mostly be listening to… Robert Forster, Warm Nights April 25, 2009

Posted by WorldbyStorm in This Weekend I'll Mostly Be Listening to....

A funny album this. I’ve followed Forster’s solo career (his cover of Grant Hart’s 2451 is a particular favourite), but this album from the 1990s is the one which in a way worked best for me. It’s a summery and mellow series of songs that ably conjure up the title. Warm Nights indeed.

They’re gentle pieces with a strongly country tinge to them and to my ears quite distinct from his work in the incomparable Go-Betweens. They don’t all work, but when they do they really do. And at this point, as any who saw the live shows will attest, he was cheerful and extremely entertaining, mugging it up for audiences. Indeed one he did in the mid to late 1990s was close to brilliant, and him dressed disconcertingly like a latter-day Sherlock Holmes.

More recent outings have been a bit more reserved, for obvious reasons.

He’s also a man who during his solo career has regularly visited Ireland. And so did the Go-Betweens.

Anyhow. One to treasure.

Cryin’ Love

Warm Nights

I Can Do


1. enkanova - April 25, 2009

Nice to see these clips. You’re right, it’s an enjoyable collection. But I always felt that the joy of the Go-Betweens was Forster’s quirkiness and “edge” set against McLennan’s ear for a gorgeous melody. Alone, old Robert seemed somehow adrift. A bit like Morrissey. But God bless him. I will never forget how he looked with that silver hair around Tallulah. They looked like the perfect group then.


2. WorldbyStorm - April 26, 2009

I’d completely agree. Although I thought on the last Go-Betweens album they’d sort of switched sides… suddenly it was Forster who was producing the melody friendly tracks and McLennan was being even just a shade more — experimental? Atonal? I’m not sure what. More grit in them?


3. jc - April 27, 2009

Forster released an excellent new album last year, “The Evangelist.” It includes some songs that McLennan had started but not finished at the time of his death. Forster got hold of McLennan’s notebooks and finished the songs. “Demon Days” is particularly touching.


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