Born to a Family (2005) – The Go-Betweens

The Go-Betweens

Born to a Family is the B side off the Go-Betweens single Finding You taken from their 9th studio album Oceans Apart (see image above). Finding You peaked at Number 17 on the Australian music charts and will feature later in this music project. Grant McLennan described Born to a Family as a “sort of knees-up, 2/4 kind of jump song.” It has a chanty, jangly chime. I can’t help but think of The Smiths when I hear it.

Born to a family
a family of workers
Born to a family
of honest workers
Then I came along
golden boy who belonged
And changed the system

I first heard Born to a Family from The Go-Betweens Live at the Tivoli concert below. I copied the video link at the time of the song commencement 10:51. I like how the band  sounds on-stage just a little more immediate than in the studio. There are no pretensions on display here, just an honest look at what makes them tick.

“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”- Michel Legrand

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5 comments on “Born to a Family (2005) – The Go-Betweens
  1. badfinger20 says:

    The more I hear them the more I like them. I think I told you but I really started to listen to them a lot when I was searching for the powerpop bands. This one is really good. They should have been more popular.

    • This song just barely scraped it into my library. I like it, mainly because it has grown on me and the chanty delivery draws me in, but it’s probably my least liked song of theirs in my library. Yes, you mentioned you were searching songs of theirs for your power pop bands. That whole concert in my post is an excellent overview of their music. I like almost every song. God knows how many times I’ve seen it. I even looked up the groovy lass (I think she’s a real sort lol) playing the bass who’s still playing in bands and even went duet with the drummer of the same concert. Thanks for your feedback on the song Max, much appreciated as always.

  2. A few people I’ve met on this blog thing have nudged me towards this band.

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