Goodbye Little Boy

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"Goodbye Little Boy"
Single by The Triffids
from the album The Black Swan
B-side "Go Home Eddie"
Released March 1989 (1989-03)
Recorded September–October 1988
Genre Folk rock
Writer(s) David McComb
Producer(s) Stephen Street
The Triffids singles chronology
"Holy Water"
"Goodbye Little Boy"
"Falling Over You"

"Goodbye Little Boy" was the first single released in March 1989 by Australian folk rock group The Triffids ahead of their album The Black Swan.[1][2] Lead vocals are provided by Jill Birt, their keyboardist, instead of David McComb, the group's usual lead singer.[1][2] Birt is also featured on the single's front cover.

"Goodbye Little Boy" was produced by Stephen Street (The Smiths, Morrissey),[2] and was co-written by McComb and Adam Peters.[3] The B-Side "Go Home Eddie" was written by McComb[3] and produced by Street. The songs were recorded between September and October 1988 at The Justice Room, Cathanger, Somerset. "Shell of the Man" was written[3] and produced by McComb. The single was released as a 7", 10", 12" and CD single versions.

"Goodbye Little Boy" reached No. 81 on the Australian Kent Music Report Singles Chart in April 1989.[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Goodbye Little Boy" – 3:25
  2. "Go Home Eddie" – 2:36
  3. "Shell of the Man" – 3:57 (10", 12", CD)
  4. "You Minus Me"[3] – 2:38 (CD)


External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b McFarlane, Ian (1999). "Encyclopedia entry for 'The Triffids'". Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86508-072-1. Archived from the original on 17 April 2004. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Holmgren, Magnus; Skjefte, Morten; Warnqvist, Stefan; Simonetti, Vince. "The Triffids". Australian Rock Database (Magnus Holmgren). Archived from the original on 28 July 2002. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d Australasian Performing Right Association
  4. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970-1992. St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.