Sometimes I wonder if people really understand how long the “indie” sound has been around. Last week for Flashback Friday I covered my initial involvement with bands like Pretty Girls Girls Make Graves and Death Cab For Cutie (cmon guys, BEFORE they sold out, duh). But this shiz has been around for more than a minute… dig The Go-Betweens, Australian indie rockers that put out their most successful album, 16 Lovers Lane, in 1988.
The Go-Betweens were obviously before their time and never achieved expected commercial success, though they remain a cult favorite. 16 Lovers Lane has been called the Rumors of indie rock, with internal conflict and heavy emotion driving most of the creative output. The Fleetwood Mac comparison isn’t unfounded, as they’ve been called some of the best songwriters of all time. Check out “Streets of Your Town,” their biggest single, evocative of The Smiths with its upbeat style and dark lyrics.
Pick up 16 Lovers Lane on iTunes if you know what’s good for you