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Classic Album Review: The Go-Betweens | The Lost Album ’78-’79

The legendary New Zealand popsters share a slate of 20-year-old home recordings.

This came out in 1999 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Having your folks show off your baby pictures is bad enough. Who would have the guts to put them up for sale?

Well, that’s pretty much what legendary New Zealand popsters The Go-Betweens are doing with The Lost Album, a collection of 20-year-old home recordings. And gosh-darned if they aren’t just as cute as buttons. This collection of quirky, romantic odes — imagine a down-under Jonathan Richman — are brimming over with the sort of lo-fi giddiness and endearing amateurism that only wide-eyed beginners could have. Who else would pen a song called I Love Lee Remick, featuring the lyrics “She was in The Omen, with Gregory Peck / She got killed, but what the heck.” Awwwww.