Sunday, May 07, 2006

Grant McLennan

Grant McLennan was one of the best songwriters you never heard of, and the fact that he just died (at 48, in his sleep) in semi-obscurity is a tragedy. But over the years, both as a member Brisbane, Australia's Go-Betweens and as a solo artist, he gave so much to his dedicated fans, song after song of such beauty they were probably destined for cult status. After all, beauty is in the detail and nuance, and there's rarely room for detail and nuance on the radio.

Grant wrote dozens of great songs, but he'll forever be known best for "Cattle and Cane", by the Go-Betweens, from their second album "Before Hollywood."


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