Saturday, December 29, 2007

Robert Forster - Danger in the Past

Robert Forster is an Australian singer-songwriter, best known for his work with songwriting partner Grant McLennan, with whom he co-founded The Go-Betweens. Born 29 June 1957, Forster grew up in Brisbane, Australia. He met McLennan in drama classes at the University of Queensland and, inspired by a mutual love of Bob Dylan and the New York music scene, formed the Go-Betweens.

In addition to his work with the Go-Betweens, he has released four solo albums: Danger in the Past, recorded in Berlin in 1990; Calling from a Country Phone, recorded at Sunshine Studios, Brisbane, in 1993 with members of local pop group Custard; I Had a New York Girlfriend, a collection of cover versions recorded in Melbourne in 1994; and Warm Nights, recorded in London in 1996 and produced by Edwyn Collins.

Critically acclaimed internationally as a songwriter, he reveals a strong literary influence in his work. He became, through his work with McLennan and the Go-Betweens, one of a group of Brisbane musicians who established a particular Brisbane sound characterised by laid-back, jangly arrangements.

In 2005, Forster began writing for the Australian magazine, The Monthly. He had virtually no print experience, with only a column on hair care for a fanzine in the 1980s to his credit. On 25 October 2006, it was announced that Forster was the winner of the Pascall Prize for Critical Writing for his columns. Forster announced his return to live performance with four nights at the Queensland Music Festival in July 2007. Back when Nick Cave was putting together the line-up that would become the first incarnation of the Bad Seeds, rumour had it that Robert Forster, co-founder of the Go-Betweens and the latest shining light of the music literati, was set to become the guitarist in the band.

The Go-Betweens and the Birthday Party had long been linked since their days as label mates on Missing Link - the Tuff Monks' After the Fire being the fruit of one collaboration. Later, when both bands were in London, legend has it that Grant McLennan wrote Cattle and Cane on a guitar owned by Mr Cave. So it was no surprise when Forster drafted in Mick Harvey to produce his solo album, Danger in the Past, a dark, broody, menacing exorcism of his past and an indication of the possibilities for future directions.

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