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Old 05-06-2006, 06:38 PM   #1
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Grant McLennan died

This was on the Go-Betweens official site today.


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On Saturday 6th May, legendary Australian singer songwriter Grant W McLennan died in his sleep at his home in Brisbane.

McLennan was one of Australia’s greatest songwriters who created an outstanding musical legacy as a founder member of The Go-Betweens and as a solo artist. He was enjoying enormous acclaim for the band’s most recent album Oceans Apart, which has received five star reviews around the world and won had a prestigious ARIA award.

McLennan was born in Rockhampton, Queensland on 12th February 1958. While attending university in Brisbane he met fellow student Robert Forster and together they formed The Go-Betweens. After releasing a string of singles the band recorded their debut album, Send Me A Lullaby, in 1981. The Go-Betweens recorded a series of exceptional albums that achieved widespread critical acclaim and were fundamental in bringing Australian music to a global audience. He was an unparalleled lyricist and a prolific and meticulous composer. His auto-biographical masterpiece ‘Cattle and Cane’ was recently voted by the Australian Performing Rights Association as one of the ten greatest Australian songs of all time.

In 1989 The Go-Betweens took a ten year sabbatical and McLennan recorded four powerful solo albums including the vivacious debut Watershed and the epic Horsebreaker Star as well as forming satellite groups like Jack Frost with Steve Kilbey of The Church and The Far Out Corporation with Iain Haug of Powderfinger.

When Robert Forster and Grant McLennan reformed The Go-Betweens in 2000, the band was greeted with adulation by a new generation of musicians like Belle and Sebastian for whom, their songs had been an inspirational teenage soundtrack. The three albums the band subsequently released were universally acknowledged as containing some of McLennan’s greatest compositions.

McLennan was a passionate supporter of the arts, extremely well-read and maintained a keen interest in all contemporary music, cinema and visual art. He was an exceptionally charming and polite man who endeared himself to everyone who met him and was one of the rare individuals worthy of the epithet ‘larger than life’.

His singular contribution to music and his commitment to his craft simply cannot be understated. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his mother, sister, girlfriend Emma and lifetime musical colleague Robert Forster.


Bernard MacMahon, Lo-Max Records, 6th May 2006


He was only 48.
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I think 'Spring Rain' is one of the greatest songs written by anyone.

Too early.
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Old 05-07-2006, 12:09 AM   #3
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that really sucks!!!!!


i love cattle and cane
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Old 05-07-2006, 12:43 AM   #4
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Steve Kilbey (who made two albums with McLennan) wrote a lovely tribute to him today.

It is here
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Wasn't Cattle & Cane on the special 'U2 Jukebox' CD that came with one of last years issues of Mojo???


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Yep... there it is - Track 9. I'll have to check that one out again.
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Oh my God, I don't believe it.
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Steve Kilbey (who made two albums with McLennan) wrote a lovely tribute to him today.

It is here
That's one of the best tributes I've ever read about anyone anywhere. Thanks, SK.
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Very sad indeed.
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I can't believe it. RIP.
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That's one of the best tributes I've ever read about anyone anywhere. Thanks, SK.
Yeah it was. Reading it made me cry. Steve wrote another entry on Grant today. Again it's really beautiful.

It is here
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Grant's funeral service will take place at 1.30pm on Friday 12th May at St John's Cathedral, Ann Street, Brisbane. This will be a public service.
Please remember Grant in your own way at this time.

Listening to the "Frosties."
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I cant even think about it.......
I thought i was ok after i heard the news (maybe i couldnt accept it to be true?) but im just feeling worse everyday now....
Another good one dies young.

Amazing songs...
Great shows....
Sweet memories.....
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