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I started to respond to SlickStu's topic re SEbyCH with this but it went too OT - so I'll start one!
Not strictly on 'this tour' or anything but throw it out there - what would you go bonkers to hear them do?
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For me? - Gimme Crowded House doing 'Panama' and this freakin goose is cooked! Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin

DO NOT tell me that anyone can't see Mark nailing that intro with Matt thundering in!! hell yeah ... started to get that giddy trampoline feeling again!
"... and through it all we kept the promise that we made, I swear you'll never be lonely!"
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BEATLES - BEATLES - BEATLES
Anything from the Beatles catalog and or Lennon/McCartney related...
I'd love to see them cover some Motown stuff (Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Smoky Robinson). I've always thought the crowdies had a special soulfulness to them; especially back in the early days when they were a three piece that relied heavily on vocals and rhythms...
If I'm choosing a cover for CH, I want a song with a substantial melody for Neil to latch onto; "Panama" has nothing much in that regard. Beatles stuff is too obvious, I think...low hanging fruit, as they say. Stevie could work; "Signed, Sealed, Delivered", or something early like that. But I'm going to choose "I'll Be Around" by the Spinners. A classic soul tune, and I think Neil would nail the vocal.
I LOVE the idea of Neil singing early Stevie, adidasman. I heard "Yester-me, Yester-you" at the Kinkos on K St in DC the other day, and its unbridled joy brought tears to my eyes.

But here are my other wishes for covers:

#1. I Saw The Light by Todd Rundgren (piano style like Neil's, slide guitar style like Mark's, and would love to hear what Matt could do with it).

#2. Don't Let Me Wait Too Long by George Harrison (one of the most underrated songs on Living in the Material World; vocal sounds already uncannily like Neil's, but the band could do something ripping with the Spector girl-group arrangement and the emotionally dramatic chord progressions).

#3. a tuneful reworking of anything by Rage Against the Machine (if that's not too much of an oxymoron -- but it would be a sweet riposte to the Coachella boors).
This is an excellent topic good thinking brinkerz..

Personally, for my money I would love to see a Crowded House rendition of "Bulls On Parade" - By Rage Against The Machine - Nick would kill that bass line, (I have seen them start to do so on a video on you tube)apart from this, "Panama" 0 by Van Halen as brinkerz suggested, and "Hall Of The Mountain King" or "Damien" by Savatage...

Ultimately I would be happy with any song that wasn't a CH song...I love the fact the can go into almost any song and do it flawlessly.
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Originally posted by BART:
Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel - Make Me Smile (Come up and See Me). Can just see Mark & Nick getting into the backing bup, bup bup bup etc vocals.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjpwlW6NIuQ

Otherwise, Pulling Mussels by Squeeze?

I believe Crowded House HAVE spontaneously covered Come Up And See Me (Make Me Smile) in the past. Let's hope they do so again. It's one of my all-time favourites.

BTW, if that youtube clip is to be believed, Matt Sherrod has entered a time machine and is enjoying a second career in the 70s as bass player for Cockney Rebel.
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I'd love to hear them play Something by George Harrison


Neil performed this July 10, 2002 in Vancouver at one of his One All shows.

Someone had called out "SOMETHING!!" and he went into this. Later, he speculated that perhaps the person had been hoping for Something so Strong...

As soon as he began singing....the audience started groaning in major anticipation

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Originally posted by gryphon:
Just prior to soundcheck a few shows back... NF sat on the stage in front of the keyboards and played endless Beatles songs... to an empty venue. I just sat and watched and truly he can pay me by doing this every day...I'd happily work free just to enjoy 20 minutes of this every day.

Brilliant!!!

Gryp


So it might be worth my while turning up early today then Wink
missingperson11 - man, "you had me at hello" -
you actually agree that 'Panama' would be cool to hear?!!!! KNOCK_ME_THE_HELL_OUT Big Grin

That is just awesome ... that said, some might want to knock me out for suggesting it!
Adidasman, you're right, 'Panama' doesn't have much in the way of melody ... and it ain't supposed to!! Big Grin Just codds out, jump in and have fun!! That's the origin of that one ...

And 'mp11' - 'Bulls On Parade'!!!
God can't you hear Nick doing that .... dugdug dug dugduuug / dugdug dug dugduuug ....
So on your page MP11, if you rocked anymore you'd be a quarry! Big Grin

Come on gang, throw it out there!
I have no problem with them covering a rocker - but "Panama"??? Really? It's just such a David Lee Roth vocal; all idiosyncratic tics and yelps, no real melody to speak of. Yeah, they could play it instrumentally and sound convincing, but Neil Finn singing "Panama" would be like Pavarotti singing with Duran Duran. (Oh, wait...) It's not like "Helter Skelter" or something like that, which is a screamer but still has an actual tune that can be sung. To me, CH doing "Panama" would just be embarrassing. Why not "Back in Black"? "Whole Lotta Love"? "Born in the USA"???
What a tease of a treat Words Of Love was in Perth, give us more next time please guys. And Yes It Is aswell (one of my fave Beatles songs)I was really hoping Neil would join Augie March on There Is No Such place, just LOVE that song.

We had an awesome version of Helter Skelter at The Basement show, man they rocked it (with Liam)
EDIT: just noticed that this has been posted in this thread but i thought i'd mention it here too, since we're 'everyobdy's talkin' (see what i did there?!) and about CH covers...

not sure if this song has been suggested - probably not - but Neil Finn's latest MySpace blog links to a video of a radio performance (if that makes sense) of the Harry Nilsson song Everybody's Talkin, from the film Midnight Cowboy (and a few others)

see it here

a surprising choice of song?
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Originally posted by Craberlocker:
I'd love to hear them play Something by George Harrison.

They did play "Good Day Sunshine" at the Oct. 9 Amager Bio show. Isn't that a Harrison song?

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Originally posted by adidasman:
I have no problem with them covering a rocker - but "Panama"???...

I have no problem with "Panama". I recall hearing them (or possibly just Neil) do "Jump". Nothing transcendant mind you, but I've always liked their ability to attempt any song/any genre.

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Why not "Back in Black"? "Whole Lotta Love"?

Back in their "three muskiteer" days, "Whole Lotta Love" was played at quite a few concerts (usually as part of "Sister Madly"). And I think the current line up did a Zepplin tune during the course of the Realworld Studios broadcast last spring.

I have an mp3 of Neil doing a brief verse of the Verve's "The Drugs Don't Work" as an intro into "Better Be Home Soon". I've since longed to hear Neil/CH do the entire song.
Yes Neil singign"Everybody´s talking at me" sounds really great. I never was keen on the Harry Nilson version but Neil´s one is fab Smiler

Other covers I was thinking of:

My back pages - Byrds
What is life - George Harrison
Beautiful Girl - George Harrison
Australia - Man they couldn´t hang ( with Neil on piano)
I am a rock- Simon & Garfunkel
Lying in the arms of Mary - Sutherland (?) Brothers

Funny one: Tiger Feet by Mud..lol Roll Eyes
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Originally posted by aceface:

They did play "Good Day Sunshine" at the Oct. 9 Amager Bio show. Isn't that a Harrison song?


Nope, that's Macca (although it does somewhat resemble George's I Want to Tell You, also from Revolver).

Neil teased with an impromptu version of A Day in the Life at the end of the second Chicago show--mostly it's just Neil's vocals over a very basic rhythm by Matt, but the guys do attempt the mad crescendo at the end. As I said, it's a tease; I would love to hear even a slightly rehearsed version. They could even start with the bridge, as the teaser does, and just go through to the end from there.
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Originally posted by Martine:
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I'd love to hear them play Something by George Harrison


Neil performed this July 10, 2002 in Vancouver at one of his One All shows.

...As soon as he began singing....the audience started groaning in major anticipation

Smiler


Groaning *and* swooning, as I think I was doing at the time. Smiler

I'm still patiently waiting for a cover of Peter Gabriel's In Your Eyes, with or without a full band.
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Originally posted by aceface:
Back in their "three muskiteer" days, "Whole Lotta Love" was played at quite a few concerts (usually as part of "Sister Madly").


Yep that's right! I got Nick on ANZ RockSat doing his "Whole Lotta Love scream" as Neil calls it.

Agree treegrrl - "In Your Eyes" would be another goodie.

How about Waterboys 'The Whole of the Moon'???
Got Neil in my head already ...

"Unicorns and cannonballs,
Palaces and piers,
Trumpets, towers, and tenemets,
Wide oceans full of tears,
Flag, rags, ferry boats,
Scimitars and scarves,
Every precious dream and vision
Underneath the stars

You climbed on the ladder
With the wind in your sails
You came like a comet
Blazing your trail
Too high
Too far
Too soon
You saw the whole of the moon!"

Goosebumps already! Smiler

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