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Encyclopedia entry for 'Robert Forster' LETTER:

StylePop, country
 Albums: Danger in the Past (Beggars Banquet, 1990), Calling from a Country Phone (Shock, 1993), I Had a New York Girlfriend (Concubine/Shock, 1994), Warm Nights (Concubine/Shock, 1996).

History
Following the demise of the highly acclaimed Go-Betweens in 1989, singer/songwriter/guitarist Robert Forster (b. 1957) settled into a low-key solo career. His debut solo album, Danger in the Past (1990), and single, `Baby Stones' (November 1990), were re-corded in Germany with substantial assistance from The Bad Seeds' Mick Harvey.

There were rumours of a Go-Betweens reunion when Forster teamed up with his erstwhile partner Grant McLennan for a support slot to UK outfit Lloyd Cole and the Commotions during 1991, but nothing eventuated. Forster returned to his hometown of Brisbane and recorded the bustling country-pop album Calling from a Country Phone (June 1993). The album produced the CD single `Drop' (May). His touring band (known as Robert Forster's Silver Backwash) comprised David McCormack (guitar; on loan from Custard), Robert Moore (bass) and Glenn Thompson (drums). McCormack, Moore and Thompson also worked together as improvisational country band Cow.

For his third album, I Had a New York Girlfriend (1994), Forster utilised the services of Conway Savage (piano; from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds), Charlie Owen (guitar; ex-New Christs), Graham Lee (pedal steel; ex-Triffids) and various members of Dave Graney's Coral Snakes. The album consisted of all covers, with the standouts including Guy Clark's `Broken Hearted People', Bill Anderson's `3am' and Keith Richards' `Locked Away'. Forster returned to the UK but was quiet on the recording front until the Warm Nights album came out in September 1996. Produced by ex-Orange Juice singer Edwyn Collins, the album was a laid-back collection of summery pop. The single `Cryin' Love' featured one of the most entertaining film clips for the year. In mid-1997, Forster reunited with Grant McLennan for a series of showcase gigs across the UK as The Go-Betweens.



Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop / Ian McFarlane 1999
under licence from Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd

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