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I have to agree with the choice of "When You Come." I have always found the studio version lacking. It seems to flat and unemotional. I think it's probably Crowded House's most overrated song. I would happily have left it off the greatest hits for most other songs.

I did eventually learn the beauty of "When You Come" but it wasn't until I heard Neil play it all by himself at the 930 club in Washington DC during the One All tour. The song really shines on a lone acoustic so it must be the production that ruined it on Temple.
Time to put my two cents in. "Tombstone" always sounded like an album filler to me. "Fame Is" has a lot of fans but not me. "Never Be The Same"? No, sorry. Can't hear anything special about that one.

Why are people bagging "Instinct" for? I thought it was a terrific track, the best 'new track' on Recurring Dream! NTGYTYR drags too much and EIGFU waffles on too long at the end.

And I also thought "Chocolate Cake" was fantastic. OK, it's a 'dumb squirrel of a song' to quote Q Magazine but wasn't it always supposed to be tongue in cheek? I thought it was the perfect way to kick off "Woodface" - which is their best album by the way...
My $0.02:


  • Never listened to the debut album much, though I recall "Love You 'Til the Day I Die" and "That's What I Call Love" being rather weak. Will have to get around to listening to them to clarify.
  • "Kill Eye" is alright, but clearly the worst song on ToLM by a mile, love the guitar intro though.
  • "Sister Madly" is love / hate for me. Sometimes it's brilliant, other times it can be frustrating. Glad that "I Feel Possessed" got the spot on Recurring Dream, since it's a great song.
  • "Tall Trees" is dodgy, some of the lyrics annoy me.
  • "There Goes God" is good, but has never really done much for me.
  • "Fame Is" is absolute garbage.
  • I absolutely adore the group of "As Sure As I Am", "Italian Plastic" & "She Goes On" on Woodface.
  • Nothing off Together Alone bothers me much at all. "Catherine Wheels" can be a bit of a downer though, but once the song gets going, is great.
  • Absolutely love "Walking on the Spot".
  • "Instinct", "Not the Beatles Song You Think You Are" & "Everything is Good For You" are all great.
  • "Dr. Livingston" is excruciating, and easily the worst CH song that I've heard.


Man, you're sure getting a lot of value for two cents there.
I love to rebalance the speakers for "Kill Eye" so you can only hear the bass, drums and Neil's voice...

Anyway;
My most disliked song would have to be that margarine commercial "something so strong". He has done better and the clip finished it off for me. Got it off my chest after over 10 years.
FEELS MUCH BETTER!
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Originally posted by dazz:
[qb] Time to put my two cents in. "Tombstone" always sounded like an album filler to me. "Fame Is" has a lot of fans but not me. "Never Be The Same"? No, sorry. Can't hear anything special about that one.

Why are people bagging "Instinct" for? I thought it was a terrific track, the best 'new track' on Recurring Dream! NTGYTYR drags too much and EIGFU waffles on too long at the end.

And I also thought "Chocolate Cake" was fantastic. OK, it's a 'dumb squirrel of a song' to quote Q Magazine but wasn't it always supposed to be tongue in cheek? I thought it was the perfect way to kick off "Woodface" - which is their best album by the way... [/qb]
Dazz---Tombstone and Never Be The Same--those are two of my all time favorite CH songs--Tombstone is just so haunting--the lyrics, the melody--I adore that song.

As for Never be the same--TOLM was released in the USA July 5th 1988, one month after I graduated from high school. I went to tower records immediately and searched for it amongst the new releases at the front(album covers too way back then!). brought it home and proceeded to listen to it about 10 times that day. In the midst of my listening I received a phone call. I was still at home with my 7 bros and sisters but I just happened to pick up the phone. Our neighbor's son, just 12, had passed away that morning from a brain aneurysm. Totally unexpected. That song has always hit a chord with me the way I first heard it on the day Daniel Hobbs died. I cannot listen to that song without thinking of him. So it has a very special place in my heart. No matter what I know I would love it b/c the melody and lyrics are so mesmerizing. I could listen to that song forever!

Can you explain why you don't like it?

Welcome to the board though! We love all opinions on here.

Lorrie
Hey Lorrie!

I must admit I haven't heard "Never Be The Same" for a little while now (I'm guilty of skipping that one!) so I'll let the disc play through from start to finish and I'll give it a serious re-listen. Hey, I could be wrong but it never grabbed me in the same way other CH songs do.

As for "Tombstone", it always sounded to me like a 'work' song (ie. we need one more track for the album so let's record that one). When it's surrounded by other tracks as great the debut album was, I find it pales into insignificance. But I won't bag anyone else who loves it. Who's right? Who's wrong? Who knows?
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Originally posted by Zombos:
[qb] My $0.02:

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  • Never listened to the debut album much, though I recall "Love You 'Til the Day I Die" and "That's What I Call Love" being rather weak. Will have to get around to listening to them to clarify.
    [/qb]
  • Ahhh..."That's What I Call Love"...easily my least favorite next to Instinct...the big 80's keyboards, YECH..just HATE it. forgot about that one.
    I've never really like "My Telly's Gone Bung", it's just a bit too plain and unappealing and usually gets skipped when it's in my CD player.

    "Can't Carry On", I think suffers from those bad keyboard effects, same with "Tombstone", but I actually enjoy "Tombstone" - Neil's lyrics do it justice. "All I Ask" also doesn't appeal to me because, it's pretty much unsimilar to anything else on Woodface and it's too classical for Crowded House standards. Other than that, it's all great.
    quote:
    Originally posted by miaowlicious:
    [qb]I adore together alone (the album and song!) and Woodface is my least fave album. So funny to see people's choices and differences. [/qb]
    Totally agree - well, not as big a fan of TA (the song!) as I could be!! But adore the album!!

    quote:
    Originally posted by miaowlicious:
    [qb] I'm so glad a couple of others have mentioned 'pineapple head,' I really don't care for that one much at all, or 'better be home soon.'[/qb]
    But also adore both those songs!!!

    Re - 'Telly's gone Bung' - I dunno - I find I really enjoy it if I haven't heard it for a while (it cracks me up) - but it doesn't really stand up for repeated listens one after the other.


    In any case - I still love them all!! Big Grin
    The only song that bugs me is "Chocolate Cake."
    Why? Because Tammy Baker is someone I would like to forget, and this songs keeps on bringing her up! Eeker

    On that thought, I hope that Neil never uses the following in a song:

    George W. Bush
    and/or
    Howard Stern

    "When You Come" is so awesome! My hubby goes on a lot of business trips, and that is one of our hurry home so I can love on you songs!"

    Sinner-Beginner:
    I agree with you on "Fame Is." I had no idea that someone else did the hairbrush thing! I can't resist singing full force into my hairbrush while doing the hip swing and the hair toss, in my bunny slippers. Wave the Magic Wand, and Hang On!!! Big Grin Big Grin
    I hope Neil never mentions George W. Bush or Howard Stern, either, because pop culture references bug me. I give "Chocolate Cake" a pass because it just so seems like it would be on the Joe Jackson album "Big World," that I get a kick out of it.

    Some seem down on "Fame Is," which I rather enjoy. Yes, it sounds...not contemporary, but that's fine. For an early '90s song it was alright.

    "Tall Trees," though, doesn't really work for me.
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    Originally posted by BellaBambina:
    [qb] Okay...I'm going to admit to not liking "Instinct". That song has just never grooved for me at all, and I often find myself, much to my own shame and embarrasment, skipping over it.[/qb]
    Okay, so I didn't read this very long thread to see if anyone addressed this, but I've read in several interviews that Neil doesn't like "Instinct" either, so I think you're free and clear on that one.

    I'm trying to think of the songs I've left off my iPod so I don't even have to bother skipping. Mansion in the Slums, Black & White Boy, Tall Trees...

    But I'm sure the one that most people would be aghast at would be "Not the Girl You Think You Are" which nearly puts me to sleep every single time.
    Kill Eye & Tall Trees are two songs that I skip...Those are definitely in the "dislike" cateogory...

    On the other hand, I really like Italian Plastic, I love Fall at your Feet, & Weather With You...

    Of course, I'll have to give this some more thought & go thru the catalogue of songs to find a few more dislikes..There aren't many tho Smiler
    [QUOTE]Originally posted by emkidd:
    [QB] I love to rebalance the speakers for "Kill Eye" so you can only hear the bass, drums and Neil's voice...

    I'll have to try that, because I like every song off of TOLM, except that one. I've been listening to it since 1988 but Kill Eye still hasn't done anything for me. But, I'll try adjusting the speakers. I LOVE Neil's sultry voice, but I think in Kill Eye it just doesn't seem to fit.

    There are some of Neil's songs that I don't like at first, but it grows on me. The Climber is a perfect example. When I first heard it a week ago , being the first song on the CD, I thought "I hope all the other songs aren't like this." But, yesterday I was singing The Climber all day at work. I love the song and the whole CD now!
    quote:
    Originally posted by Littlemissbombshell:
    [qb] I dont think anyone has mentioned Pineapple head! i really cant stand it!! ha ha [/qb]
    Pineapplehead is a lot more fun when you know he was already ripping off Liam who was very young and delirious with fever saying pineapple head and something about a flat detective. At least that's what I read somewhere so it must be true, right? Hee hee.

    There Goes God is another one where he was worrying what he was going to tell his son when he asked about God. I like the songs where he's just writing about everyday life in an offbeat way. Lots of artists write these obnoxious ballad things (think Creed "With Arms Wide Open") for their kids because it's the first time they've bothered to pull their head out of their arse.

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