Unexpected Fans of Crowded House

I was suprised to read these remarks by hair-metal demigod (or damaged goods) Dave Mustaine today, in response to a question about music he really likes:

http://www.theweekender.com/co..._off_03-16-2010.html

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WEEKENDER: Who are some of your influences? We’ve read about Motorhead and Iron Maiden, but who are some others?

MUSTAINE: Well, I’m influenced by The Beatles a little bit. You didn’t say Led Zeppelin. I like bands that have real moving chord progressions. I like a lot of classical stuff. I really dig Paganini and Wagner. I also like, ya know, foreign pop bands. For example, this guy named Roddy Frame who wrote music for this band Aztec Camera. And not all their stuff is good by any means, for my taste, but they do have a couple songs that have some significance to me because I heard them at a part in my life during painful transitions.

Same thing with a band called Crowded House. They have that song “Don’t Dream It’s Over”? I can be anywhere and be totally sad and hear that song, and my mood will brighten right up. I don’t know why, but that song just cheers me up, and there’s not a lot of songs that do that. I know Neil and know Tim and I told them that I really dug their music and they were pretty surprised. We actually became friends, and I like Crowded House better as a 3-piece, but ya know they go back and forth with having four people, and with the drummer dying that kind of f----d everything up.

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So who's the most unexpected high-profile fan of Crowded House you've stumbled upon?
 
I saw that interview too and it got me remembering the Neil connection to Roddy Frame also

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xv1KIbORQGI
 
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I know Rob Thomas of Matchbox20 is a huge Neil fan, they covered BBHS at most of their OZ and NZ concerts

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...quDI&feature=related

http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/354995


But they hit just the right note in the encore, with a heartfelt, accoustic version of Crowded House's Better Be Home Soon.

"We just worked that out in the back to thank you guys for giving us Neil Finn," Thomas said.



And also Faith No More as mentioned in this thread

http://frenzforum.com/eve/foru...01061171/m/449100367
 
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Faith no more sound like they are taking the piss out of the song.
 
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Not sure if its unexpected or not, but I did hear Pete Trewavas (Marillion bass player) play Into Temptation recently on Rock Radio in the UK, when the band 'took over' the airwaves. And Tony Banks of Genesis had 'Whispers and Moans' as one of his "Tracks of his Years" on Radio 2 (a few years back now!)
 
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Originally posted by Finngirl:
I know Rob Thomas of Matchbox20 is a huge Neil fan, they covered BBHS at most of their OZ and NZ concerts

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...quDI&feature=related

http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/354995


But they hit just the right note in the encore, with a heartfelt, accoustic version of Crowded House's Better Be Home Soon.

"We just worked that out in the back to thank you guys for giving us Neil Finn," Thomas said.



Rob even got the lyrics wrong - how very Neil-like! Wink
 
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Obviously he got the lyrics wrong on purpose, in order to make the homage more sincere and authentic. Brillinant Big Grin
 
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Elton John comes to mind...
Gryph
 
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wasn't Princess Di supposed to be a big fan?
 
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I didn't know Elton John was a fan. I wonder which phases of Neil's catalogue Sir Elt most admires -- the Crowded House years, or Neil's overtly Eltonic songs from his early Enz days? I've always thought His Eltonness (at least in his younger days) would have pulled off a seamless cover of Serge.

And Princess Di a fan? Cripes. I know she was mad for Duran Duran, and I can't quite imagine her walkman making the journey from Rio to Te Awamutu. But maybe she had occasion to hum Better Be Home Soon from time to time.

And then there's Margaret Cho, bless her. Some of you have probably read her heartfelt tribute to Paul Hester, which includes her memories of meeting Neil and Nick. But here it is again:

http://www.margaretcho.com/con.../26/rip-paul-hester/
 
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Originally posted by Watney Sideburns:

And then there's Margaret Cho, bless her. Some of you have probably read her heartfelt tribute to Paul Hester, which includes her memories of meeting Neil and Nick. But here it is again:

http://www.margaretcho.com/con.../26/rip-paul-hester/


I had no idea Margaret Cho was a fan, nor had I read that link before. Emotional and well-written - thanks for posting it, Watney.
 
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Wasn't that the reason Neil was part of the Princess Diana memorial thingie, ie, the special version of DDIO? I'm sure I heard he was asked to do it because she was a fan, particularly of that song.
 
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Originally posted by hyacinth:
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Originally posted by Watney Sideburns:

And then there's Margaret Cho, bless her. Some of you have probably read her heartfelt tribute to Paul Hester, which includes her memories of meeting Neil and Nick. But here it is again:

http://www.margaretcho.com/con.../26/rip-paul-hester/


I had no idea Margaret Cho was a fan, nor had I read that link before. Emotional and well-written - thanks for posting it, Watney.


I hadn't seen that before either. Thanks for postng the link.

Too bad she had a bad experience with Nick. He was a sweetie when I met him.
 
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I remember years ago hearing Belinda Carlisle talk very effusively about Crowded House. If I recall, she referred to Neil as the best songwriter she'd heard. And who am I to disagree?
 
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Bono mentioned Neil in a recent interview:

check out this at the 4:35 mark (interview from a few months ago)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...xlC8&feature=related


Bono said " I think its fair to say that Crowded House changed the landscape of songwriting. This guy is you know a genius who walks amongst us and we doff our hat to him.” (as he bows)



Great to hear that Bono thinks very highly of Neil Finn and his song writing.
 
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Even though I'm sure I've seen it before, I still wanted to go enjoy watching Bono praise up Neil, but I'm having issues with the link. Is anyone else, or is it just me?
 
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I did have troubles but then it finally worked....actually sends chills down the spine hearing Bono speak and giving Neil such high praise! Would be neat to get these guys together to do something.....
 
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Originally posted by renzo:
Bono mentioned Neil in a recent interview:

check out this at the 4:35 mark (interview from a few months ago)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...xlC8&feature=related


I'd love to see this, would somebody please post the corect link? Thanks!
 
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This worked fine:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...xlC8&feature=related

I did copy the original link from youtube but here is a link that should work.
 
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strange, I noticed it looks like the same link but definitely my last post works so click on that one.
 
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Yep, that one works Smiler Thanks!
 
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Originally posted by renzo:
This worked fine:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...xlC8&feature=related

Nice to hear the members of U2 so au courant about New Zealand: Larry loving Flight of the Conchords, Bono admiring Ladyhawke, The Edge (do they call him "The" for short?) noting that the Tree of One Tree Hill is no more. And of course it's a treat to hear Bono singing Neil's and Crowded House's praises so fulsomely. But does Bono not know that Neil reformed the group? "Wish he'd kept his band together," he says
 
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yes, I was going to point that one out too Watney. I guess he meant the original band when they were on the verge of "taking over the world" as Nick would like it.
 
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Originally posted by Watney Sideburns:
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Originally posted by renzo:
This worked fine:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...xlC8&feature=related

Nice to hear the members of U2 so au courant about New Zealand: Larry loving Flight of the Conchords, Bono admiring Ladyhawke, The Edge (do they call him "The" for short?) noting that the Tree of One Tree Hill is no more. And of course it's a treat to hear Bono singing Neil's and Crowded House's praises so fulsomely. But does Bono not know that Neil reformed the group? "Wish he'd kept his band together," he says

Yeah, I saw that a while back, maybe a couple of years ago? He may not yet have been aware of the newly-reformed Crowded House at the time.

Also, I think The Edge is usually called "Edge" for short. Smiler
 
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Also, I think The Edge is usually called "Edge" for short


He allows his closest friends call him 'Ed' or Dave.

Is Noel Gallagher a fan - referring to the quote re: Paul Young not being bale to mess up DDIO?
 
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Originally posted by J.Buckley:
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Originally posted by Watney Sideburns:
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Originally posted by renzo:
This worked fine:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...xlC8&feature=related

Nice to hear the members of U2 so au courant about New Zealand: Larry loving Flight of the Conchords, Bono admiring Ladyhawke, The Edge (do they call him "The" for short?) noting that the Tree of One Tree Hill is no more. And of course it's a treat to hear Bono singing Neil's and Crowded House's praises so fulsomely. But does Bono not know that Neil reformed the group? "Wish he'd kept his band together," he says

Yeah, I saw that a while back, maybe a couple of years ago? He may not yet have been aware of the newly-reformed Crowded House at the time.

Also, I think The Edge is usually called "Edge" for short. Smiler


Actually, I heard he goes by "the", which is why Crowded House chose to call the album Ingriguer as opposed to THE Intriguer......didn't want to have to pay to use "the". Wink
 
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quote:
Originally posted by Watney Sideburns:
I didn't know Elton John was a fan. I wonder which phases of Neil's catalogue Sir Elt most admires -- the Crowded House years, or Neil's overtly Eltonic songs from his early Enz days? I've always thought His Eltonness (at least in his younger days) would have pulled off a seamless cover of Serge.

And Princess Di a fan? Cripes. I know she was mad for Duran Duran, and I can't quite imagine her walkman making the journey from Rio to Te Awamutu. But maybe she had occasion to hum Better Be Home Soon from time to time.

And then there's Margaret Cho, bless her. Some of you have probably read her heartfelt tribute to Paul Hester, which includes her memories of meeting Neil and Nick. But here it is again:

http://www.margaretcho.com/con.../26/rip-paul-hester/


In the programme where Cat Dealey interviews Neil and Nick (soundtrack of our lives or something) it is stated that Crowded House were Princess Diana's favourite band.

Also Elton presented the Brit Award to Crowded House in '94.I'm pretty sure there was a reason for that, and that in his preamble he was very complimentary.I always thought Neils ballads were more reminicent of Paul Mccartneys style.We were watching the Chicago MSN 2007 gig last night,and my mum even thinks they look a bit similar!

Belinda Carlisle stated that she "loved Crowded House, and especially Neil Finn".I don't know if it is just for his music,or perhaps something entirely more sexual Smiler - but perhaps Neil should watch out if any 80's revival tours hit Auckland Wink

The Gallagher brothers (alone or together) are known attendees of Crowded House/Neil gigs.I think Liam referred to Neil as a f#@$in genius.

Then there is of course Eddie Vedder,and a mention of an interview on this forum where when Paul Mccartney was asked what was it like to be the best song writer in the world, he said something like "I don't know - ask Neil Finn". Would love these two guys to do something together.

Basically everybody loves Crowded House.
 
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Originally posted by BART:
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Also, I think The Edge is usually called "Edge" for short


He allows his closest friends call him 'Ed' or Dave.

Is Noel Gallagher a fan - referring to the quote re: Paul Young not being bale to mess up DDIO?


He certainly is Bart, according to this article

http://oasisnewsroom.live4ever...6_12_01_archive.html
 
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I have a friend who is a huge fan of the band Drive By Truckers of whom one of the members is a big fan of Neil Finn. Drive by Truckers will be/are touring with Tom Petty and Heartbreakers.
Don't have anything to back this up other than the word of my good friend who read an article stating the Neil Finn influence. It was unexpected coming from one of the Truckers.
 
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Shawn Colvin is a massive fan of everything Finn too.
 
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You aren't THE Neil are you? Smiler
 
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A mysterious Neil in this thread, a mysterious Nick in another.... I think we're being stalked Wink

(Because of course no one else on the planet could be named Nick or Neil Wink)
 
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no Neil is stoking the fire....me thinks there is going to be an inferno! Nothing like lighting a fire under us to get us even more stoked about this gall dang CD....which better show up soon!
 
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The first time I heard that Crowded house was reforming, I was watching (of all things) Ellen DeGeneres. It was an Earth day special and she was listing countries and saying good things about them. When she got to New Zealand, she said something like "And New Zealand. They brought us Crowded House. They're getting back together by the way." The audience applauded and Ellen tried to sing Don't Dream its Over with humorous results. Strange story huh?
 
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Don't mind me i'm just hanging out in the KITCHEN Smiler


Am I so mysterious I've been here 10years!! I don't post often mind.
 
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Burton C. Bell from fear factory is a fan, I also remember Chris Cornell playing around 4 CH/Enz videos when Audioslave guest programmed Rage.
 
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Although Elton John, Bono and Noel Gallagher are fans of Neil Finn, I wouldn't refer to them as unexpected given their specialty for melody and moving lyrics. Dave Mustane was definitely a surprise though. I was equally surprised to find that Jimmy Barnes was such a massive Finn Fan. While i didn't expect him as someone that would dislike Finn, Jimmy's flavour of hard rock and blues (to me) is just something that has very minimal cross over with pertty much anything by the Finns.
 
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Originally posted by Neil:
Don't mind me i'm just hanging out in the KITCHEN Smiler


Am I so mysterious I've been here 10years!! I don't post often mind.


We're just having a little fun. Don't mind us Wink
 
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Originally posted by Joel:
Although Elton John, Bono and Noel Gallagher are fans of Neil Finn, I wouldn't refer to them as unexpected given their specialty for melody and moving lyrics. Dave Mustane was definitely a surprise though. I was equally surprised to find that Jimmy Barnes was such a massive Finn Fan. While i didn't expect him as someone that would dislike Finn, Jimmy's flavour of hard rock and blues (to me) is just something that has very minimal cross over with pertty much anything by the Finns.


That goes back to the "Countdown" days.

Jimmy was telling the story that Skyhooks were so up themselves, yet Split Enz were so down to earth and "Cool guys" - so it's possibly more the friendship thing that saw him become a fan.
 
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Gavin Rossdale (ex-Bush) is a fan:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_KcixPoC08

(another version)
http://new.music.yahoo.com/vid...Cover-Art--157347798

He can't get the damned words right, but he does a decent version.
 
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