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Unplugged at Outside Lands ’08: Stars’ Torquil Campbell

The Canadian band's co-frontman strums a stirring cover of Robert Forster's "A Place to Hide Away."

SPIN iconSPIN Staff // August 26, 2008

Whether delivering coy political messages on stage or chatting casually backstage, Stars singer Torquil Campbell is always an engaging persona. And at Outside Lands he went a step further, treating to an intimate acoustic performance. Campbell chose to play “A Place to Hide Away,” a tune by Robert Forster, most famously of Australian indie influencers the Go-Betweens. The song comes from Forster’s 2008 album, The Evangelist, his first work after the death of his Go-Betweens songwriting partner, Grant McLennan.

As Campbell states on camera at the song’s end, this recording is his first ever solo gig, so clearly a one-of-a-kind moment to behold.

“A Place to Hide Away” / Video by Jason Jurgens