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Bachelor Kisses by The Go-Betweens.

Posted on the 24 April 2013 by Melodicwisdom

I would love to know the story behind this song. The late Grant McLennan was a terrific songwriter. Bandmate Lindy Morrison once said that he constantly wrote about relationships. They’d be so intense, always creating a new song which was great for the band. According to one source, Grant said he wrote it after the band was dropped by a record company and was in immigration, having been refused entry into the UK. But really, all those thoughts just came from that? Probably not…

My all-time favorite lyric is, “Hand, hands like hooks, you’ll get hurt if you play with crooks. Your hand, that’s all he took, the world opened up for your looks.”

Bachelor Kisses was released as a single in August of 1984 from the band’s third album, Spring Hill Fair (I’ve always loved the album cover). Sadly, both the single and the album failed to chart in the UK and Australia. They weren’t known in the United States yet. This resulted in being dropped by a second record company. Thankfully, they were later signed to Beggar’s Banquet and the rest is history.

Above is the official music video.

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