Grant McLennan (The Go-Betweens) – Dave Fanning Interview (18 May 1986)

This recording comes courtesy of Limerick born artist and sometime guitarist Donald Teskey. Donald was recently a guest of John Kelly on the Mystery Train Sunday Service.

A recording of a lovely interview from the Dave Fanning rock show with (the late) Grant McLennan from 18 May 1986 on the occasion of the Go-Betweens first gigs in Ireland. They had just played an open air lunchtime concert in Trinity College, which I was at, and being a massive fan I rushed home to record to the interview that evening. (Robert Forster tells a story about the same event in his recently published memoir ‘Grant & I: Inside and Outside the Go-Betweens’). They then played Trinity Ball which was on the following day. The interview is really good natured and delves into the bands influences etc. with some unusual music choices by Grant.

4 Responses to “Grant McLennan (The Go-Betweens) – Dave Fanning Interview (18 May 1986)”

  1. I remember this interview, indeed I had recorded it inadvertently on a new Philips radio recorder I’d got for my birthday shortly before this. This interview plus, I think, Mark Cagney playing The Wrong Road one late evening around this time, got me into the Go Betweens. Great and fascinating band.

  2. Fergus Timmons Says:

    Lovely to hear this interview after so many years. Thanks for sharing it. I loved The Go Betweens back then, and I was at the lunchtime gig at Trinity (though I thought it was 1984). I remember the interview too. Sad that Grant passed away so young.

  3. Fergus Timmons Says:

    I remember the Ned Beatty part now!! Very funny.

  4. Thank you for the comments. 1993 interview with Grant https://youtu.be/TQa602xJwWk

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