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Bhuja TV: "Show and Tell with Neil Finn"

Mica ·
Neil has had another run-in with Leigh Hart & Jason Hoyte on "Bhuja" TV/radio (remember that 'late big breakfast (??)' show with the Monogolian throat singer last year or so?): http://www.watchme.co.nz/entertainment/bhuja-tv/season-1/show-and-tell-with-neil-finn/ Cue his well-practised "confused" face, with some proper (fake) anger thrown in this time. His comedic timing is not bad at all. This show isn't everyone's cup of tea, but I really enjoyed it, and Neil looks relaxed and happy.
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Annie99999 ·
'Twas hilarious. Is there nothing Mr Finn cannot do
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Re: Neil's Handwriting

aFINNity ·
Not sure if it was you, Noni, who I already said this too: Do not get the writing tattooed too small! I made that mistake and the black ink ran under my skin, making the writing blurry and illegible. What lyrics are you thinking of getting done?
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Noni ·
You did not say that to me, but I have read that. Thanks for the heads up! I've always thought I'd get "seven worlds will collide", but my all-time favorite Neil song is Devil You Know. So now I am doubting myself! If I ever met him and had the opportunity to ask him to write something down for me, I'm not sure in the moment which I'd choose. Thanks for the sample of his writing! I would love some more pictures if anyone has anything!
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Dorothiesall ·
Here's a screenshot that I grabbed from the NilFun archive. (Can't remember what song it's from). If you want a better copy, DM me.
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Neil's Handwriting

Noni ·
Hello, everyone! I am new here, but so far enjoying every moment.  From reading through some past topics, everyone seems so nice and fren-dly. I was wondering if anyone had some bits of Neil's handwriting that they could send me....
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usaoz ·
Lol just up Neil's alley ..I can see why some people did not get the joke .. You have to know the persona of the hosts and and downunder humour I think. Neil is so good at pretending to be serious that it made it even better. He is great at not cracking up too. Only once did I see slight amusement in his eyes and a hint of a grin.
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c.houser ·
Ok, that was pretty funny. I'm not sure what I just saw, but the shock factor value was extraordinary.
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Re: Given Neil's Announcement, is CH Through?

slowpogo ·
I don't think that's the case. On a radio show a few months back they asked him if he's working on solo projects, a family band album, Finn Brothers or Crowded House next and he said something like "all of the above, I'm not sure what will emerge first." He also said in the not too distant past, that Crowded House are "up on blocks in the garage" - dormant but still existing. With all that said, I bet it'll be several years, given his current projects, before we hear anything new from...
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Paināporo ·
I would also add that if you break up Neil's career into decades you get the following averages: 1986-1995 - New album every 28.0 months 1996-2005 - New album every 35.3 months 2006-2014 - New album every 28.5 months So while not quite releasing new materials on pace with the original Crowded House albums (and Finn), he's certainly picked up the pace from the long slog of 1996-2005 when he only released three albums of new material.
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c.houser ·
I didn't intend to sound critical. I'm in for whatever future releases Mr. Finn offers us. With Thanks for years of service.
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Re: Given Neil's Announcement, is CH Through?

Paul H ·
I agree with Stuart that it's the chemistry of the band I yearn for. It's just that I agree with Awamutu that it was lost when the drummer changed back in 1994. CH has been a fine band since; they've made some wonderful music that stands on its own, but so has Neil outside of CH. And, for my money, there's little difference now between Neil solo and CH, but a world of difference between current CH and the CH of 1992-93. I'll happily take a new CH album but I'd be no more excited for a new CH...
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Jim B. ·
I have a different take---I feel like Neil's work is clearly differentiated depending on the outlet for it. Take Pajama Club or his new solo CD (or his previous solo CD's for that matter). I think Neil tends to write much more in an accessible style for Crowded House, especially comparing his contemporary work with CH & CH Mark II. His classic "Leonard (Cohen)-McCartney" (in his words) songs that distinguish CH are not found much at all on his recent work. He allows himself much more...
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Re: Quick Question About Neil's Tour

Paināporo ·
I agree, it's all about waiting around to find out. It's never a sure thing. Who knows what commitments Neil may have after each gig. he may need to hit the road right away, he may be tired and ready for bed. I don't always wait around. it depends on who I'm with and how far I have to drive to get home. However, the couple times I have waited around, I've never been disappointed. Back in 2005 I got to meet both Neil and Tim and have them sign my Finn scrapbook!
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Re: Quick Question About Neil's Tour

BostonFinnFan ·
Some fans have posted their pic with Neil from the Dizzy Heights tour on Instagram, Twitter amd the Facebook page--The Finn Brothers Appreciation Society. And Some fans have even had the setlist from the show autographed as well. I suggest ya bring a CD or photo to have autographed. Neil is very generous with his time when he can do so. So it's worth staying around afterwards to try and connect with him. Have a wonderful time at the show tonight!!!
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2x Bristol 4th row Neil Finn tickets for sale (26/4/14)

Dawn S ·
I have 2 tickets for sale for Neil Finn for the Bristol Colston Hall show on Saturday 26th April (less than 3 weeks away). Some friends aren't able to go now and I'd hate for them to go to waste. Anyone here need any tickets? They're stalls seats D9-D10, £32.50 per ticket (face value). I'm happy to split the tickets if necessary. Here's the seating plan for the Colston Hall: http://stage.colstonhall.org/w...7/Seating_plan_A.pdf Thanks.
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Neil collaborating with Todd Rundgren

The Ligature ·
Last week Todd Rundgren was interviewed on WXRV in Boston about a song he loves. Todd chose "Don't Dream It's Over", and talked about why he loves the song. Interestingly, he also reveals that he has recently been in contact with Neil Finn and they have a collaboration "in the works". Todd's current album pairs him with other artists, and he's working on an additional collaborative album. Hear the interview: http://wrsi.com/riversound-cafe/todd-rundgren/ ...
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Paināporo ·
The average time it takes for Neil to put out an album of all new material is 30 months. Neil generally releases *something* every 20 months (new album, live album, rarities collection, etc.). It's been 27 months since Neil released Dizzy Heights, so we are overdue for something this year (probably the box set). The longest time Neil has gone without releasing anything was 36 months between Temple of Low Men and Woodface. The second longest time was between Pajama Club and Dizzy Heights at...
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Jim B. ·
Hi Slowpogo: You're right, I phrased it wrong. I meant to say that any new CH record will likely be 10 years (at least) from Intriguer; the same gap there was before Time On Earth. Which I find astonishing; I never thought we'd see such a long break again, that is, without breaking up the band for good.
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Jim B. ·
Can you really call it a band if you keep taking decade-long breaks?
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Given Neil's Announcement, is CH Through?

Jim B. ·
I'm wondering if Neil's announcement that he's working on a solo and another project with Liam means that CH is essentially through? Perhaps the upcoming reissues are essentially a denouement.
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Paināporo ·
I think we've seen enough hints on Facebook that CH will be doing something this year. It might not be a new album, but I'm still hoping for a remastered box set/albums with bonus tracks. There's bound to be some good promotion to go along with that. Maybe some shows/promotional interviews?
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Jim B. ·
I hope you are all right. But given Neil's inclination to work solo or with family & friends, this is the last new material we're going to hear from CH ("new" meaning original stuff we haven't heard). Otherwise, after he does do promotion for these re-issues, how long will it be before his next solo work? Or something with Liam, or Tim? What about touring after any or all of these efforts? I just can't imagine when he would bring the members of the band together to record a new record...
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BRANDO BRANDT ·
There was a post on the forum a few weeks back, from someone who asked Mark Hart if they were working on a new CH album, and Mark's response was "no new album, but a 5 disc box-set is expected to be released around November this year..." . That post was deleted shortly after... I personally think that goodhearted Mark spilled the beans on something that will probably be announced publicly at a later time... (i really hope he didn't get in trouble for that). Also, Matt has recently said that...
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Jim B. ·
Any promotional shows this year will be great, I hope they happen. It just occurred to me that it's been six years since Intriguer...and with two other projects it will be at least 10 years before the next studio CH record, which would be the same gap as between Farewell and Time On Earth. CH Mark 3. I don't know...I just can't see that happening. But that doesn't mean I'm not thrilled with the idea of reissues or a box set, I am---I've been waiting on this since it was first intimated,...
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slowpogo ·
The last few years Neil has talked a big game about upping his output, saying he wants to release an album every year and things like that. But so far it's been business as usual. If he ever actually works as quickly as he wants to, we could see a CH album a lot sooner than 10 years. Actually, if it was next after the current projects, at his regular pace it would still be sooner than that (I'd guess 5ish years). Not holding my breath though...
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slowpogo ·
Haha, you did all the math I've been too lazy to do! That was weirdly fascinating to read. Thanks.
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OneIssue ·
Great to see the maths. I guess that we will see a new CH album sometime, but it'll be years and years from now.
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slowpogo ·
Sure you can. Split Enz occasionally reforms, not even to do an album but just to perform, and they're a band. The 7 Worlds Collide group was only around for a week, but you can call them a band too.
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OneIssue ·
A band exists until the members decide that it doesn't any more. And even then they can change their mind. The Eagles: "Hell Freezes Over". I guess that everyone will be able to guess why that album was called what it was. Neil basically will be able to convene CH pretty much any time he wants to. I'm not sure if I hope he does; I'm happy with whatever he blesses us with.
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Patrick ·
If Neil wants do record a new CH record - what I personally hope - with the existing members, it had to be in the next 1-3 years. Remember, Mark Hart is 62 already, and the other members aren't getting younger too...So I doubt "it'll be years and years from now..", especially when it comes to touring. If there will be a new CH record, it has to be in the very near future. That's just MHO.
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brownie ·
I was thinking something very similar, Patrick. I don't think there are "years and years" left, even for Neil himself when it comes to touring. Having made that trip to NZ from the east coast of the US twice myself, I can't imagine that getting any easier with age.
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c.houser ·
"Vacant House?"
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Paināporo ·
Wouldn't it be great if the "solo" album he's been working on turns out to be a new Crowded House album they've been working on in secret? I realize the chances of that are like 2%, but it would be a pretty great surprise.
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Paul H ·
As much as 2% you think? Optimist!
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BRANDO BRANDT ·
Don't Dream It's Over...
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Kittybear ·
Simple answer: NO!
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stuartjb ·
I don't think they're through. Neil was quite deliberate in 96, when he made it quite clear ch mark 1 had come to an end. No such statement now. I don't think he ever meant it to be this long, but time passes so quickly ( for me anyway) . I reckon they'll definitely do something towards the end of this year however brief to coincide with the album reissues. Mark being 62 is irrelevant. Have you seen how fit the guy is?!
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BRANDO BRANDT ·
stuartjb , I hope you're right. It certainly would make sense for Neil to use the release of the Reissues or Box-Set later this year, as an opportunity to play live again with Nick, Mark and Matt. Nobody seems to know for sure what the other guys are up to these days or what kind of commitments they may have that could potential interfere with a CH reunion. In terms of Mark's age vs. his physical health, he sure does seem to be a healthy guy and does not look like a sexagenarian.
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awamutu ·
imo, o...the ch i fell in love with were through in '96. i saw them under the same moniker after that but it wasn't the same band, the same sound or the same vibe...it wasn't bad, it was just so different. the name should have been changed when they "reformed". but i guess there's some benefit to keeping the name "crowded house" when the song "don't dream it's over" is attached to it...
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stuartjb ·
Sorry you feel that way. I totally disagree. Don't see why crowded house should charge their name?! It's the chemistry of the band I yearn for, and a change of drummer doesn't change that for me...
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awamutu ·
more than just the drummer changed but you're right, difference of opinion i totally yearn for the band chemistry, too, and just ain't finding it -with those 4 guys- anymore.
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awamutu ·
i was there the day paul left (but didn't know he had left til hearing it on the radio 2 weeks later) and that saddened me but i could understand his reasons. what saddened me even more was when neil declared it was over. then i knew, no more crowded house. that's why the reformations under the same name didn't make sense to me (but then, one can always change their mind, lol). in my ears, neil solo and ch are worlds apart, no matter what time frame. i definitely prefer the stuff he does on...
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slowpogo ·
If band chemistry is one's concern, I don't know how anyone can argue it's the same, or as good, as when Paul was there, so I totally agree on that point. I definitely disagree that there's little difference between Neil solo and CH. Time on Earth is easily my favorite thing Neil's done since 1996, and it's the one record where certain songs truly seem to harken back to the band's heyday. Nobody Wants To, Don't Stop Now in particular, but others too. There's a certain magic there when those...
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Paul H ·
Interesting that we all hear the same things differently. Time on Earth was, of course, a solo album (albeit with Nick on bass) until it had been completed, at which point Neil decided to reform the band. At that point, it made no sense to have CH touring a solo album and so it was badged as the CH record it never was (by way of token gesture, they recorded four new tracks for it but even so, musically it remains a solo album). And, to me, it sounds much more like a Neil album than a CH one,...
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slowpogo ·
I think the component you're leaving out, is why Neil decided to reform the band. It wasn't a coincidence that he was recording with Nick at the time. As I remember it from interviews back then, after recording an album with Nick, both of them, and Ethan Johns and others felt like the music they were making sounded an awful lot like Crowded House...I specifically recall a Neil quote to the effect of "I kind of gave in and admitted to what we were all feeling, that it felt like Crowded...
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Mariola ·
I thought that I ve seen everything here; but that 3 out of 4 members of original Crowded House incl. (most relevant thing) song writing force and singer of band, shouldnt called themselves Crowded House in new incarnation??? LOL Its more and more obvious, what I stated in time of "Intriguer" that we have big differences between fans who followed CH in time of first incarnation and those who became fans later, like me. I saw CH two times: 2007. Wien, and 2008. Zurich. They were just great,...
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stuartjb ·
This . Absolutely spot on . People also seem to forget that Crowded House have had 3 drummers ? One of the best gigs I've ever been to was their appearance at T in the park in 94 with Peter Jones on drums .Paul , as much as I loved him left , and the band got a new drummer . Nothing wrong with that . My bands been going since 2005 . we've had 2 bass players and 2 keys players .I'm not changing the name ! Why should I , and why should they ?! Also," Nobody wants to" is a song that completely...
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BRANDO BRANDT ·
Mariola, you bring up a very interesting point; what if Dizzy Heights would have been a CH album instead of Neil solo? The more I think about that, the more tempted I am to wonder if that would have been the biggest and most succesful album of Neil's career. I can imagine how the arrangements would have been slightly different and how with Nick, Mark and Matt as the band (and their vocals) this record probably would have been viewed by many as a Masterpiece. Those songs are brilliant and...
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Paul H ·
Yes, I deliberately left out mention of Neil's perception of the Time on Earth material because I was talking about my perception of it . Do I hear Nobody Wants To as being like CH? No, I don't actually. It's a beautiful song - one of my favourites - but I don't hear anything like it in the first four albums. It's much more pedestrian, it doesn't have that groove that CH found. Again, don't get me wrong, I love the song to bits, but it sounds more like latter-day solo Neil than first gen CH...
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