Hey folks - has anybody else ever thought about ranking your favourite Tim and Neil music entities?? I buy everything they release, and by and large love most of it. I definitely have my favourites though. I found it was pretty easy to list my top 5. It got a bit harder after that.
The current Crowded House entity could still make a big move up the list based on the next album. I enjoyed DAW, and found the band brilliant live, but have found myself enjoying both the Forenzics and AT albums so much more. I haven't placed either Forenzics or AT as entities in their own right on my list. I link Forenzics with the Enz, and AT with ALT for the purpose of this (but admit the rationale could be a little floored given I break the ENZ and CH into eras).
My rankings did help me understand the strength of my feelings about some of the more recents albums. At heart I am an Enz fan, and the pre-True Colours era is my favourite. ALT comes in next for me after the Enz. I have an irrational love for ALT. I saw them live before Altitude came out, and I've never looked forward to an album as much as I did that one. I became a huge Andy White fan off the back of that and the AT album has been amazing for me (just tinged with a little disappointment that Liam wasn't involved). Similarly Forenzics' Shades and Echoes was amazing as it revisits some of the old Enz songs (again, tinged with a little disappointed that it didn't include Phil Judd... but yeah, I know that will probably never happen and the complications with that!).
I just couldn't get into the Tim/Phil Manzanera albums though. It simply wasn't my thing, and I guess doesn't link to music that connects with me. That is probably the only entity that that I haven't enjoyed. I really liked Pajama Club even though when I have to look across everything critically - its ends up down the bottom.
I think how we first get exposed to the music is a big influence too. I grew up with the music of Split Enz and they were my first ever concert. Actually my list is pretty much in the order in which I saw them live (if you combine the Enz and CH entities). It would be interesting to see the list of somebody who first come across Neil in 2007 at a live CH concert. I would imagine that CH (2006-2016) might be at the top, and the Enz potentially somewhere down the bottom.
My favourites in order
1. Split Enz (70s)
2. Split Enz (80s)
4. Crowded House (85-96)
5. Finn Brothers
6. Tim Finn solo
7. Neil Finn solo
8. Crowded House (current)
9. Crowded House (2006-2016)
10. Pajama Club
11. Finn/Manzanera (last by quite a long way)