I'm not sure if this has been done previously so sorry if it has. We all have our favourite Crowded House songs but what are your favourite "moments" within songs?

Here some of mine:

When You Come: That moment when the intensity comes down and then gradually everything builds up again beginning with the drums and Neil screams the "Burning and exploding" line. 

In My Command: Just after the line "You're about to be the victim of a holy visitation
By the rites that I've been given" and then the song soars.

Everything is Good For You: The middle 8

I'm sure I've got many more but what are yours?

 

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KEROUAC posted:

In My Command: Just after the line "You're about to be the victim of a holy visitation

By the rites that I've been given" and then the song soars.

 

This, I believe, is the greatest 'moment' in the catalogue. The harmonies followed by the repeat of the 'put on your wings...' line.  Absolute perfection. 

Others... 

The bass line kicking in on Fall At Your Feet.  

The middle 8 of Don't Stop Now. In fact, maybe just the rest of the song from that point.

I may just have a thing for the bridge, but also Distant Sun 'I'm standing...', etc. And the live 'outro' - trains, etc!

Yes that Distant Sun moment is great and particularly when the guitar solo comes in.

I'll have to check out the Don't Stop Now middle 8 as I can't remember it.

KEROUAC posted:

Yes that Distant Sun moment is great and particularly when the guitar solo comes in.

I'll have to check out the Don't Stop Now middle 8 as I can't remember it.

Now I say middle 8, but I'm no musicologist, so what I mean is the build up from 'in a church house...' up to 'sometimes you get too close...', then the chorus with additional background vocals and lyrics sung over it. I also just like the line 'sometimes you've got to turn the wrong way round' - there's just something about it. 

YES Distant sun guitar solo and YES In my command soar.  Spectacular!

Not CH, but FB: Part of me, part of you– the last chorus with the drum fill and the piano riff makes me soooooo happy

Too many Finn moments to count but here are a few that come to mind ...

The bridge in "Fall At Your Feet"

The chorus in "Fall at Your Feet"

The bridge in "Love Is All That Remains"

When the music erupts at the beginning of "White Lies"

When Neil's vocal arrives in "Edible Flowers"

The bassline in "Flying In The Face of Love"

The end of "Archers Arrows"

The 2nd verse and bridge in "English Trees"

The first line of "She Goes On" ... that line always kills me

The end of "Lullaby Requiem"

The "did you suffer as a child" section of "Only Making Sense"

The guitar solo in "Fingers of Love"

The bridge of "Sunset Swim"

The mid-section of "Divebomber"

sticking with Crowded House...

- Into the Lowlands, the guitar line at the start of the long instrumental section at the end

- Kill Eye, Paul's snare providing some "gunshots" after the line "shoot your way out of the bank"

- Into Temptation, when the Mellotron flutes come in during the last verse

- the transition between Tall Trees and Weather With You is perfectly judged. There's just enough time to almost settle down from Tall Trees but then Weather With You starts up, keeping the momentum going

- Whispers and Moans, the guitar solo following "weeping like a wounded beast"

- Pineapple Head, Neil's "eeeaaaeaaahh" singing at the end. Partly because (and this is audio nerdy) I think they intentionally put his vocal out of phase in that moment so it kind of "tickles" your ears, if you're wearing headphones especially

- Together Alone, "I'm still your friend / when you are in need"

- Nobody Wants To, "and you can see it if you want" - Neil's singing is so yearning and affecting there, but also for much of the rest of the song

- Pour le Monde, "and I wake up blind / like my dreams were too bright"

- She Walked Her Way Down, the transition into/including the second chorus, "and I'm happy to be here tonight, yeah..." Neil's voice sounds so good there

 

The end of "Whispers and Moans" when Neil goes into his yelling rant always makes the hairs on my neck stand up. A constant reminder that I seem to have hair on my neck for some reason. 

"Never Be The Same" -- the melody leap from "We might still survive - and rise up THROOOOOOOOOGH........" is stunning.

The "Oh, tell me please, why it takes so long" section of "Now We're Getting Somewhere" is so aching and catchy - it's hard to believe he had an entirely different verse for that chorus when he first wrote it because the final song sounds so organic as if it could never had been otherwise. How do you do that? I'm a songwriter and building an organic verse to lead to an already established chorus is so hard - and Neil seems to do it all the time ("Fall At Your Feet" being another prime example). 

"Driving Me Mad" the "music taking me..." line going into the accordion/musical section perfectly captures the feeling of being distracted and pulled into your creative brain from the real world/real people/real problems of real life. That's one of my favorite Finn songs. 

 

slowpogo posted:

- She Walked Her Way Down, the transition into/including the second chorus, "and I'm happy to be here tonight, yeah..." Neil's voice sounds so good there

 

+1, I really like the transition and chorus of SWHWD. An underrated song (top 3 on ToE). 

+2 on SWHWD.  Very underrated!  My initial favorite on ToE.  Great tension and release on that song.  The song reminds of all the best music coming from the Laurel Canyon era of pop music.  

koabac posted:

 

"Never Be The Same" -- the melody leap from "We might still survive - and rise up THROOOOOOOOOGH........" is stunning.

 

 

Temple is filled with stunners and Never Be The Same is one of them. My favorite moment is the call and response of: 

And every time I hear you
Never be the same
And every time I mess up
Never be the same

KEROUAC posted:

I'm not sure if this has been done previously so sorry if it has. We all have our favourite Crowded House songs but what are your favourite "moments" within songs?

Here some of mine:

When You Come: That moment when the intensity comes down and then gradually everything builds up again beginning with the drums and Neil screams the "Burning and exploding" line. 

In My Command: Just after the line "You're about to be the victim of a holy visitation
By the rites that I've been given" and then the song soars.

Everything is Good For You: The middle 8

I'm sure I've got many more but what are yours?

 

When you come and Everything is good for you moments precisely in my ears and my heart too!

This could be a whole topic for separate discussion but often for me some of the best moments are Neil's Middle 8s/bridges. He's such a master at taking a song off at a strange tangent but then unexpectedly arriving back at the starting point in time to go seamlessly into a verse or chorus. I dabble in songwriting and it's such a difficult thing to do well. English Trees is another great one and Falling Dove.

PS I'm not musically trained so I don't know if Middle 8 is strictly the correct term but The Beatles always referred to them that way and Neil comes from the same musical tradition.

You know, I clicked on this link thinking "I've never heard of a CH song called Moments before. Have I missed something?"...

Sometimes it's live moments, when a part of a song shines particularly in a specific concert.

 Two instances:

"Distant Sun" -- the opening chords at the '94 Fleadh, incl. Neil's "look at that sky, it's amazing"

"Fall at your feet", the relaxed groove intro at the '91 Winterthur concert, when first Paul and then Nick join the chord sequence -- a short sample is here:

http://www.finnatics.de/assets...-StartWinterthur.mp3

 

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Possessed7 posted:
slowpogo posted:

- She Walked Her Way Down, the transition into/including the second chorus, "and I'm happy to be here tonight, yeah..." Neil's voice sounds so good there

 

+1, I really like the transition and chorus of SWHWD. An underrated song (top 3 on ToE). 

Far and away my favorite TOE track. If Neil had been playing guitar on it, it would have been a great opener on the tour.

I Walk Away (CH version)
Every time Neil sings "I walk away from you" he lowers his tone towards the end of the line... Until the very last time he sings it before the fadeout begins. He yells it in this tearing voice, as the song's final exhilarating gasp and the final steak through the heart of the relationship he's walking away from.

Cradle2Grave posted:

I Walk Away (CH version)
Every time Neil sings "I walk away from you" he lowers his tone towards the end of the line... Until the very last time he sings it before the fadeout begins. He yells it in this tearing voice, as the song's final exhilarating gasp and the final steak through the heart of the relationship he's walking away from.

That moment alone makes this the definitive version of the song for me.

lavar78 posted:
Cradle2Grave posted:

I Walk Away (CH version)
Every time Neil sings "I walk away from you" he lowers his tone towards the end of the line... Until the very last time he sings it before the fadeout begins. He yells it in this tearing voice, as the song's final exhilarating gasp and the final steak through the heart of the relationship he's walking away from.

That moment alone makes this the definitive version of the song for me.

I heard the CH version before the Enz version, so I have no attachment to the original piece that I usually have when trying to appreciate covers. From this unbiased position I completely agree that CH delivered the definitive version. It comes as little surprise as I always preferred the rockier sound of CH. In fact, the vast majority of my Enz listening is live performances- compared to their studio sound, the instrumental section is stronger, no overbearing production and Tim's voice has far more character.

Every second of Private Universe could qualify for me but I especially love Neil's "they talk to me, birds talk to me" line where he almost speaks the lyric. It feels like he's dropping the guise of entertainment and speaking personally. Or maybe I'm over analyzing...

Often middle eights. Better Be Home Soon being an excellent example.

Not a CH song, but Dots On the Shell has a brilliant Neily middle eight too.

I definitely agree that Private Universe is made up of moment after moment. Probably my favourite Neil song ever.

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