Before Hollywood

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Before Hollywood
Studio album by The Go-Betweens
Released 1983
Recorded Eastbourne, England
Genre Rock, alternative rock, indie rock
Length 39:00
Label Rough Trade Records later Circus
Producer John Brand
The Go-Betweens chronology
Send Me a Lullaby (1982) Before Hollywood
(1983)
Spring Hill Fair
(1984)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B+[2]

Before Hollywood was released in May 1983 in the UK on Rough Trade Records, an independent music label. It was The Go-Betweens' second album. The LP was produced by John Brand and recorded at I.C.C. Studios in Eastbourne, England, and cost £5000 to make.[3] The original release consisted of ten tracks, including what is arguably the band's best-known song, "Cattle and Cane".[4]The album reached No. 2 on the UK Independent Charts,[5] with "Cattle and Cane" reaching No. 4.[5] In 2001, that song was voted as one of the 30 all-time best Australian songs in a poll of 100 music industry personalities conducted by the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA).[6] In 2002, Circus Records released an expanded CD which included a second disc of eight bonus tracks and a music video for "Cattle and Cane". In October 2010, Before Hollywood (1983) was listed in the book, 100 Best Australian Albums with their 1988 album, 16 Lovers Lane at No. 12.[7]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "A Bad Debt Follows You" – 2:24
  2. "Two Steps Step Out" – 3:28
  3. "Before Hollywood" – 3:44
  4. "Dusty in Here" – 4:09
  5. "Ask" – 5:14
  6. "Cattle and Cane" – 4:20
  7. "By Chance" – 2:20
  8. "As Long As That" – 5:25
  9. "On My Block" – 3:49
  10. "That Way" – 4:07

All songs written by Grant McLennan and Robert Forster. Tracks 1, 2, 4, 6, and 10 lyrics by McLennan; tracks 3, 5, 7, and 9 lyrics by Forster; track 8 lyrics by Forster and McLennan.

Bonus Tracks on 2002 CD Reissue Disc 2:

  1. "Hammer the Hammer" – 2:49
  2. "Heaven Says" – 4:06
  3. "Just a King in Mirrors" – 2:57
  4. "A Peaceful Wreck" – 2:31
  5. "Man O'Sand to Girl O'Sea" – 3:24
  6. "Near the Chimney" – 3:39
  7. "This Girl, Black Girl" – 3:32
  8. "The Exception of Deception" – 1:49
  9. "Cattle and Cane" (Video)

All songs written by McLennan and Forster. All lyrics by McLennan except Track 5, lyrics by Forster.

Personnel[edit]

The Go-Betweens consisted of:

with Bernard Clarke – organ, piano

Additional personnel on bonus tracks "Man o'Sand to Girl o'Sea" and "This Girl, Black Girl":

  • Robert Vickers – bass guitar

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (24 January 1984). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice (New York). Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  3. ^ Tracee Hutchison (1992). Your Name's on the Door. Sydney: ABC Enterprises. p. 64. ISBN 0-7333-0115-0. 
  4. ^ Wolk, Douglas. "After Hollywood". Seattle Weekly. Retrieved 8 May 2006. 
  5. ^ a b Lazell, Barry (1997). Indie Hits 1980–1989. Cherry Red Books. ISBN 0-9517206-9-4. 
  6. ^ "Australia's Ultimate Songs". Digital Viewers Daily dvd.net.au. Archived from the original on 6 May 2006. Retrieved 8 May 2006. 
  7. ^ O'Donnell, John; Creswell, Toby; Mathieson, Craig (October 2010). 100 Best Australian Albums. Prahran, Vic: Hardie Grant Books. ISBN 978-1-74066-955-9.