Album: Watershed, 1991
Justification: It’s Australia Day tomorrow, and I won’t be doing a SYSRBIIA for it – sorry, rest of the world, but we gots to have our patriotic sleep in – so let’s pay tribute to one of Australia’s greatest songwriters, whose death by a sudden heart attack at age 48 in 2006 (and dear god, it seems so much more recent than that) ended the Go-Betweens and one of the greatest songwriting partnerships on the planet. But his solo stuff was still pretty great, especially this: his first solo album, which was pretty much all about Amanda Brown (who plays on it). And this song still breaks my heart a little bit when I hear it.
It was also one of the first things that I remember my beloved little brother falling in love with when he was a child – a double-pack cassingle of this and an acoustic set, if I recall correctly – as I was desperately trying to drag him down the same music-obsessive cul de sac that I’ve been stuck. At least he’s stuck there with me. Isn’t that right, Ross?
SONG YOU SHOULD HAVE REDISCOVERED THIS TIME IN 2011: Another incredible song: the pretty-much-perfect ‘All My Friends’ by LCD Soundsystem.
AND HERE’S THE LAST FIVE…