As much as I love the Tim Finn era of CH, you can totally start to see in this video how the chemistry is off. Tim ends up looking (and acting) like the lead singer.

Woodface is my favourite CH album.  I love the Tim-era CH as well as the non Tim-era, because they are two completely different entities.  Footage like this is a real treat for CH fans as it captures something so short-lived but also a very important part of the Finn brothers history.  Please keep it coming Peter!

Paināporo posted:

As much as I love the Tim Finn era of CH, you can totally start to see in this video how the chemistry is off. Tim ends up looking (and acting) like the lead singer.

Well, perhaps you think that because of the way it was filmed. Tim moved around a lot more than Neil in that video, but Neil was tethered to a keyboard.  And the camera was certainly more focussed on Tim, perhaps because he was closer to the camera.  And Tim was in the center, which is where one would expect to find the leader of the band.

I completely agree that at some point it became clear that Tim was not comfortable with his role in CH, but focussing only on his performance in this clip, and not the other things I mentioned above, I don't see it here.

For what it's worth, I read your post before I watched the video, so I watched it specifically looking for the signs that led you to say that.  I actually thought Tim was pretty restrained in this clip, compared to how he can be.

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Nah not the case at all, it's one song from the set on a very small stage.  As Neil pointed out his 1 chance to be on piano-the rest he was up front.  Great passionate gig, the band having fun..  Keep in mind too that (apart from the ID's shows) this was only the second "gig" (the first being Rokoko Club-Sydney-same scenario. Chocolate Cake launch). 

I guess I've seen enough video footage from other Tim era performances to see how elements of this performance are kind of like clues about the problems to come. Neil is stuck behind the keyboard during this song, but he often took on a supporting role in the Woodface tracks that he shared with Tim when performing.

I am in the middle of re-reading Something So Strong and that book talks about how people wanted to Finn brothers to perform like the Everly brothers on the Woodface tour - side by side harmonizing and strumming acoustics. However, the reality was that Tim always took on a frontman persona and Neil shrank into the background. I do trust the author, but I've also seen it myself in the CH performance at the Power Plant in Auckland back in 1991. That video was floating around the Internet a couple years back. Very eye opening for someone like me who wanted a better understanding of why the Tim era didn't work.

 

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