Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Now We're Getting Somewhere

Long before I realized my love for all things Australian*, I was a big fan of Crowded House. I think Neil Finn is one of the most talented and underrated singer-songwriters alive, and I've harbored a crush on him for years (when I was in New Zealand in 2005 I even thought about trying to stalk/track him down at his home, but common sense and lack of time dictated that I not).

Most people (especially here in America) only know the band for their songs "Don't Dream It's Over" and "Something So Strong" - both fine songs from the late 80s, but hardly representative of their true depth, talent and nuance (their last album, 1993's "Together Alone" is one of my Top 10 albums of all time/desert island discs and I made a pilgrimage to Karekare Beach, the place they recorded it, detailed here).

I actually wore black the day I heard they'd broke up back in 1995. A dark, dark day. But then Richard sent me an email with some news that the band is reuniting for a tour and a new album.

I'm so PROPER! at the moment I can barely concentrate on work. When they stop in Chicago for their tour, I think we'll organize an Australia/New Zealand party (you're all invited) and invite them over. They'll totally do it, too. Totally.

* Technically Neil is a Kiwi, not an Aussie (which actually makes him even more appealing) but anyway.

8 comments:

K.I.D. said...

They totally would do it. Just tell them you'll be throwing some shrimp on the barbie.

Ooooh. Did I say that outloud?

Ryan Charisma said...

Do you have their latest release? The live album of thier farewell show? It's really good and just came out.

I like them alot too.

Alannah said...

I read about this and was equally excited. They are criminally underrated.

Mood Indigo said...

I think we are musical soul mates. Crowded House was one of the first bands I totally fell for (I had their TAPE) but I've been a bit lazy - I'll need to explore more of their stuff, and see if they're heading to Cali on their tour!

5 of 9er said...

I agree with all you say in this post... but I am still no fan of the reunion. If the new album is good, it might be ok... but I am not holding my breath. Reunions should be banned. Move on. :P

ridiculous said...

OMG! i absolutely love crowded house (woodface is my fave). keep us posted (hee) on the reunion status. if they're not coming to nyc, i might be forced to travel to chicago for your party. :)

Taylor said...

yeah, i'm SOOOO having butt sex when i go to sydney and auckland next month. aye carumba, can't wait!

Rey a.k.a. "Mr. Secret" said...

Crowded House were one of my all time faves too. "When You Come" still gives me shivers. And I was lucky to have interviewed Neil Finn back in the old days for a few different magazines during their second album (which I still think is their most amazing album), which, if you look hard enough on the internet, you'll find it (the Crowded House fanclub even got a hold of the article and ran it in their newsletter)... "Better Be Home Soon" still breaks my heart. And when Tim joined for "Woodface", it became all that much stronger. I love love love that band.