While watching Crowded House perform 'Fall At Your Feet' at Live Earth on youtube... the camera panned over to Mark smiling and I realised I don't know alot about the incredibly talented man besides the fact he has partial hearing in his left ear.. and he's incredibly talented.

does anyone just have any random 'Mark Facts' they've picked up over the years wether it be at a Crowdie concert, things you've read.. interviews you've seen..

I'd love to know more about this (as I said) incredibly talented musician. Big GrinBig Grin

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Check out http://www.markhartmusic.com/

Nada Sonata, his solo album (showing my age Wink) is definitely worth a spin or ten.

The book Something So Strong by Chris Bourke has a nice section on Mark. And no, he was not "Born in the Bayou" or "In Paris" No, it was a different OZ, as in Dorothy's Kansas.
Here are some randoms I know

*His daughter (with ex-wife Stephanie) died in infancy, and that was the tragic inspiration for his solo song "Lullaby for Channing."

*He also has daughters Courtney and Chelsea and a son named Satchel.

*His brother Kelly is a doctor. See a photo of the 2 below from about 1986. (I forget where I got it. Maybe even Mark's own site, but I'm not sure.)



*Mark scored and sang as the "Male Essence" for the short film Grandma Opera.

IMDb link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0818676/

Grandma Opera at Spike/iFilm http://www.spike.com/video/2707853
Grandma Opera at AOL video: http://video.aol.com/video-detail/grandma-opera/3143503554

Mark "in character" (looking a little Johnny Depp if you ask me)
Great stuff, Aikakone. I too see Johnny Depp or even Bret McKenzie from Flight of the Conchords. Would you know if Satchel was named after Satchel Paige, the legendary Negro League baseball pitcher?
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Originally posted by Above the Kitchen:
Would you know if Satchel was named after Satchel Paige, the legendary Negro League baseball pitcher?


I don't know, though that is the first thought that came to my mind, too. I did come across a photo of Mark with baby Satchel that was on Walter Russo's Supertramp fan page. View a photo gallery here: http://www.supertramp.com.br/gallery.html

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Other Mark media for interested fans include the SMTV podcast done with Mark's personal friend and fellow recording musician Samantha Murphy. It's not quite an hour long and was done in 2005 (if I remember correctly) so it very briefly touches on Paul's death and has quite a lot to do with his solo album.

http://www.smtvmusic.com/SMtv2/artist.php?showid=4

It looks like you've got to register to listen, but it is free. I managed to grab the podcast before the site changed, and it's quite good. Mark was even telling funny anecdotes about finding this African grey parrot. Plus, he makes his hostess a smoothie that is supposedly divine.

If that link doesn't do you, here is an alternate to the same that BART posted on a different Mark-related thread:
http://www.smtvmusic.com/artist/markhart.html

I make conjecture that Mark just must be a nurturing kind of guy because there was another story out there somewhere that on the TOLM tour he used to make the other band members oatmeal and do something exercise related on the tour bus. My recollection of the description isn't clear, but I remember my impression that it seemed fun and happy.
I'm surprised that aika didn't mention more about Mark's time in Supertramp. He features in a number of songs they recorded, and performed live with them often, including the occasional lead vocal for some of their better known songs. If you look around on You Tube, you can see some of these, though be warned in advance about the hair in some of them Wink

He told me that his hearing problem is because he has tinnitus from playing in bands when he was young. He is not actually as deaf as the guys like to joke (just has trouble with certain frequencies), but wisely wears earplugs when performing in order to prevent further damage, which means he can miss a lot of what's going on in the shows in terms of banter.
This info's awseom guys...
already found a few things I didn't know about.

so sad to hear about his daughter passing away though.I had no idea.

He seems like quite the gentlemen.
I'd love to meet him one day! Big Grin
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Originally posted by aikakone:
I make conjecture that Mark just must be a nurturing kind of guy because there was another story out there somewhere that on the TOLM tour he used to make the other band members oatmeal and do something exercise related on the tour bus. My recollection of the description isn't clear, but I remember my impression that it seemed fun and happy.


This is in Chris Bourke's Something So Strong book which I am re-reading. The exercise was "bus jogging" up and down the aisle as they travelled to the next US/Canadian city.
Big Grin Aika's said most of the facts that I know about Mark, but I do have one more to add. I was listening to the Times Sounds podcast interview with Crowded House from last year, and Mark told a very funny story about how when he was but a wee lad of 14, he and some of his friends jumped a freight train. Instead of managing to get into a carriage and traveling the 25 miles they thought they would be, they ended up traveling 150 miles clinging to a ladder before the train stopped in the next state. They went to a hospital to sleep and ended up being thrown in jail (although as Mark said it wasn't 'hardcore' jail, more like detention).
Aaaaa yes, I heard that story... fantastic story!
Doesn't seem like something Mark would do!

I loved it when Neil (?) said something about "young Americans looking for drugs"

made me laugh.
Just another thing....

any idea how old Courtney and Chelsea are?
I figure Satchel's around about 12..

and what was with Neil Finn saying on the Farewell To The World Commentary that Satchel is "Your (Mark's) Belgian Son" ?
I think it said in the crowded house biogrphy something so strong by chris bourke, that satchel's mum is belgian. I have no idea how old his daughters are though.
I think his daughters are both in their mid-20s. Courtney is around 26, though I don't know exactly how old Chelsea is.
Hi,
I'm a french fan of Crowded House and more particulary of Mark Hart.
I discovered him in 1999 in a french tv show Taratata, when I heard his voice I said whaou, gorgeous.
But I only discovered Crowded House five months ago and that Mark was in. He always have a marvellous voice but he is an incredible musician too. Which instruments doesn't he learn to play ?
I'd like to meet him for an autograph or a photo, he seems so nice and approachable.
They came in France in 2010 for their tour but I didn't known Crowded House at this time unfortunately, I hope they'll do an another tour and they'll come in France.
So I watch on you tube all of the vidéos I can find about theirs concerts and I bought DVD Firewell to the World and theirs CD, Intriguer is marvellous and Nada Sonata (Mark Hart).
(Sorry for my english)
Corine
Welcome, Corine Smiler

Your English is great - better than some of us here Wink Wink Wink

I hope it won't be too long before you have the chance to see Mark playing live with Crowded House in France Smiler
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Welcome, Corine

Your English is great - better than some of us here


You're thinking about those Leeds United fans again, aren't you...

/ Jim Wink
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Originally posted by JimC:
You're thinking about those Leeds United fans again, aren't you...

/ Jim Wink


Now, Jim, you KNOW the rules don't allow you to get personal here . . . Wink

But anyway we're rather off-topic Smiler
Met Mark outside the gig in Edinburgh.Lovely guy, and one of my favourite guitar players AS WELL as keyboard players.

He laughed when I remarked that he never seemed to get any older!
I've met Mark a couple of times. He's shy but a lovely person. When I talked to him, I felt he was really listening, and he even made reference to something I'd said earlier in the conversation. He was quite concerned that I was cold and I think the hug that he initiated was partly to warm me up! He's a total sweetie. I hope you meet him one day. Red Face)
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Originally posted by Half-Full:
I've met Mark a couple of times. He's shy but a lovely person. When I talked to him, I felt he was really listening, and he even made reference to something I'd said earlier in the conversation. He was quite concerned that I was cold and I think the hug that he initiated was partly to warm me up! He's a total sweetie. I hope you meet him one day. Red Face)


I will agree on that, Mark is a really nice guy in person, and like the others in the band, will take the time to chat with you, sign, pose for photos after a show. He is probably more shy than the others, but is equally as friendly, a real class act all the way.
I think Mark thanked five people in the liner notes of Intriguer: Camille, who is his second and current wife, Chelsea and Satchel, his two youngest children, and Courtney and Chris. Courtney is his oldest daughter, and Chris is his son in law? Grandchild? I'm not sure.

Does anybody know anything about the new drummer,Matt, besides that he used to work for Beck? I can't find anything about him at all, besides listings of previous music jobs. I think he's married to a lady from New Zealand or England, but that's all the personal stuff I know.
Do you know what I know about Mark Hart.....
He's not the jet-set, he's the chevrolet set.

Big Grin I just had too - I love hearing him sing that!
And I know that I am in awe of of his musical prowess. That'll do for me Wink
I downland Crowded House's gigs on their site, it's a joy to listen him to sing.
I like when he sings Born on the Bayou and others songs that Neil Finn makes him to do sing.
It's so funny when he talks to him and he doesn't respond or just a word, I think he plays with that.
Yes Kellyloves nick I heard on Winnipeg gig when he makes James Brown's cry and he sings a part of the song. He is really good.
Can you tell me in what other gigs he makes that ?
I heard Born on the Bayou, Jet Set, are there other songs ?
Thanks for the photos Mejojo.
After seeing Mark let rip with Jimi Hendrix's 'Are you experienced' at the Manchester gig on Neil's birthday last year, I will never look at the quiet Mr Hart in the same way again! Even Neil and Nick just stood and stared at him. He got a huge cheer at the end of it.

Such a talented musician and a very humble and unassuming guy.
I heard a few gigs and I read your review about gigs, I have one question.
Does Mark Hart already send Neil packing about his all banters he does on him. Is he already get worked up or is he always quiet ?
It must be funny te see him irritated. Mad
I've never seen him get upset or irritated because it's all a big put on, it's not Neil being mean on purpose, it's just stage banter, meant to be funny, spur of the moment...it's not meant to be cruel.

He is not always quiet, he may respond with a witty or ironic comment back at Neil but he doesn't do it in a show - offy way...unless his response is a musical one...and then he just blows everyone's socks off and that response..is the best response Big Grin
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Originally posted by Paige:
does anyone just have any random 'Mark Facts' they've picked up over the years...

I'd love to know more about this (as I said) incredibly talented musician. Big GrinBig Grin

Some say he knows two facts about ducks, and both of them are wrong...
I've had the privilege of meeting Mark a few times and he is such a nice guy and approachable even though he is quiet at times. He drives his own personal car when CH is performing in LA and seems very down to earth, but then they all are.

And yes, I agree, he is so talented I don't think there is an instrument he doesn't know how to play.

Sorry I couldn't add any new info but had to chime in on what a nice guy he is!
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Originally posted by Corine:
I heard a few gigs and I read your review about gigs, I have one question.
Does Mark Hart already send Neil packing about his all banters he does on him. Is he already get worked up or is he always quiet ?
It must be funny te see him irritated. Mad


Saw this last week but didn't have a chance to reply till reminded of the thread tonight. Mark isn't actually partically deaf in one ear as the initial post suggested, at least that's not what he told me in an email a couple of years ago. Instead, he was exposed to a lot of loud music as a child, and has tinnitus as a result, which means he has slight hearing loss at certain frequencies (much like myself, for the same reason). For this reason, he always wears earplugs when performing (to protect his remaining hearing) and thus can't actually hear some of the banter that occurs, hence his apparent quietness and the jokes about him being deaf, etc.
That performance of "Logical Song" really is good one for Mark. At the end, he has one of those "making love to the camera" expressions.

Just by coincidence I had heard the original "Logical Song" on the radio yesterday, and couldn't help be thing of Mark singing it instead.
I heard an interview of Mark Hart with Samantha Murphy and they played a song name " In God I trust ".
Is Mark Hart who wrote this song, I don't understand what she says.
Is someone has the words, the lyrics of this song, I find anything on internet.
I like this song very much, it's so gorgeous.
Thanks
I think the partnership on that was that Samantha wrote the lyrics and Mark wrote the music. I agree. It's a lovely song.

I can try to transcribe the lyrics later if someone doesn't beat me to it. I don't have the time to do it tonight but I might be able to do it tomorrow or Friday.

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