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Metropolis Club, Fremantle, 1991 Smiler

The whole show is pretty funny actually, Nick crowd surfing, Paul going into this dilusional rap about his parents during this is massive...but my favourite is this...

Neil: "Throw down your crutches and walk Paul"
Tim: "Yeah..he's got the best arse in the business"
Neil: (to Tim)"You should know mate, you've been licking it long enough"
Paul: " mates do, as mates do...occasionally you will find ones nose up a mates bum..and by god...I'd rather it be a mates bum than a strangers bum...ya know what I mean?"

.......classic moment..makes me laugh everytime Smiler A really funny show tooSmiler I watched it this morning...lucky I found this thread Smiler
Hi all,

Re: Sister Madly from the Recurring Dream Live disc, I always thought Paul was actually really angry, and not being funny. I presumed this was part of his black depression on the Together Alone Tour. I can't actually listen to this, because it doesn't sound like Paul is joking or having a good time. I could be wrong though Smiler

I like the look on Neil's face when that bloke comes up and hugs him at Farewell to the World, he looks terrified, then he says something along the lines of 'he didn't come up here to kick my a*se or anything', with Paul saying he can feel the love in the background.
I have to agree with sandra.....keep those stories coming. Ive never seen crowded house or neil finn live, and im enjoying hte stories too. I gotta get my hands on the live recurring dream cd.......i just gotta. I wonder if the boys will ever feel nostalgic enough to do a reunion tour. Id give my right arm to see that. Neil.......if you're in here peeking at what the fans are saying about you Pleaaaaaaaaaase have reunion tour! Pleeeeeaaaaaaasssse! And come to edmonton, alberta, Canada. Pleeeeeaaaaase! Frowner
well Half Full, I only ever attended one concert, the one in Philadelphia for the Woodface tour. We had horrible seats. Row U (next to last row, or nearly that, I think)
I barely remember anything, except that it was marvelous, and at one point Neil asked for requests and most of them just sat there. It was kinda like Concert of the Living Dead. I wanted to hear Massive, but I was too far back.

I have a tour t-shirt that's falling apart and a fuzzy photo of me in some ghastly purple thing that I can't believe I even bought.

I did rather like how my hair turned out though.

Was anyone else at that concert?
Oh yes, here's one more. This was at the Theaterfabrik in Unterf�hring, back in November 1991. At the gates many punters had been frisked for Walkmen or cameras, nevertheless some managed to get their cameras in, and there was one girl in particular who started taking photos halfway through the concert.
Note what happens: Neil, who is about to start a new song, stops his band, bends down to the girl and says "Gimme that" in a very stern voice. She doesn't react, so he repeats it, and she timidly complies. Everybody half expects the camera to be tossed backstage or smashed on stage, but Neil turns around and starts taking photos himself. "Nick, can you step over in front of the drum kit?" -- he directs his band mates (which at the time still included Tim) for some souvenir smiles and then actually pulls the girl up on stage and makes her sit on the drum kit (maybe even on Paul's lap, I don't remember). Then he returns the camera to her with a remark to the effect of "now please stop taking photos, these flashes are really irritating".

I saw the girl later as she floated by, occasionally moving her legs so not to scare anyone nearby... Wink
Heh. It's not neccessary to use flash photography if you have the right camera and the right speed film, and to be honest I find those who insist on bringing their point-and-click flash cameras into venues just damed RUDE.

That said, you need a big backpack and a whole lotta chutzpah to smuggle an SLR camera with a 210mm zoom lens, through some of those security details at concerts... that said, I used to manage it fairly regularly in the early 1990's, and OH BOY were the photos SO worth it!!! Smiler
I find those who insist on bringing their point-and-click flash cameras into venues just damed RUDE.
I agree Kia. In fact, King Crimson's (veteran progressive rock band) Robert Fripp will stop an entire concert and walk off if flash photography starts at their concerts, as it totally ruins his concentration.
My definite favourite one I've heard on a tape I have (I can't remember what it was now..maybe foreplay?) because I've never been to a live concert *sigh* parents did in 1994 in my home town, but I was only 10 at the time.

Paul: "A guy yelled out if we'll play something he knows...well I'd say by now young man, if you havn't know anything by now then..."
Neil: "How's it going back on the Stage?"
???: "Good"
Nick: "We missed you"
Neil: "Okay now I've gotta tune"
Nick: "Why did you go off stage for?"
Neil: "To find out what tuning I was in"
Paul: "Are you like this in bed Neil? You know, it's like: Um, I'll be right with you hang on I've just gotta brush my teeth. Oh, why don't you just start without me, I've gotta put on my pyjamas"
Neil: "You seem to know that quite well Paul"
Paul: "We shared rooms for two years"
Nick: "No,, right?"

All before Whispers and Moans, which is only good when its live. Smiler
This is al such good stuff!!!

I went to a FREE(!!!) concert in Christchurch New Zealand, ( a summer festival thing), open air, really cool. One of those signs that is towed behind a plane flew over, said something like, 'CROWDED HOUSE? REFINANCE WITH......' Neil took offence to this and told us to all turn around and give him the fingers!!! So 80,000 odd people give this guy the fingers!!
Went to another gig in Chch a year or so later and Neil recounted the story, said the guy tried to sue them. "we turned up with our lawyers, gave him a kick up the arse and sent him on his way."
That same concert, I think it was Nick, asked if anyone had any money on them. Lots of people waved their cash. Jokingly he said 'pass it up then, pass it up!' Of course the next thing you know it's raining coins hard out, they raced off stage to avoid the missiles. Neil had to cover his head and come out to tell everyone to stop. Not so funny now, but amazing the power of the mighty Crowdies!!!! (paul came out with a broom and proceeded to sweep up his "bonus"'
Went to a Finn bros gig in the Theatre Royal Christchurch. They were playing home movies of when they were little, very funny comments being made. Neil was feeding a lamb with a bottle. Tim said 'got a good action there Neil, nothings changed there!!' or something to that effect.(in relation to the 'tugging' motion) The look on Neils face...classic shock/disbelief that he had said that!!
One of the live cd's? where neil says
"Second night, who was here last night? we were here, mark was here in all his splender, nick?"
nick:"Yes i was here neil"
Neil:"Wearing those pants?"
Nick:"yes same pants neil"
Nick:"No diffrent socks"
Neil"My socks!"
Nick"couldn't you find your socks?"
Neil"no. There is Heavy suspision"
I think thats great!!!! hehe
I dont recall which of the live club cds this is from, but Neil notices a space on the floor between the band and the audience and feels the need to go occupy it, which he does during one song.

Then he says that playing down there reminded him of when he was 15 yrs old and used to have parties. He thought playing guitar would get him some action with the girls, but instead, as he played music, the girl he liked would head off with some other guy. So, essentially, he was the mood music for THEIR romance.

Every time i hear this story, i think "Awwwww poor Neil!"
Hmmm the Paul Santa Claus strip at the Wiltern and Paul using a particular body part to bump out a tune on the microphone was 'interesting'.

Keeping in mind that i'd put several VIp's and some family friends in the front rows that night telling them 'they'd love being so close and Crowded House were such a classy act'!!!! (none of them had seen the band before).

They still loved the show (Phew)... and I remember Paul making the headlines on MTV next day.

All fun and very Paul.

If you can find a copy of it, 'The Burglar's Song' from one of the UK CD singles (It's Only Natural?) features a clip of Neil, Nick and Paul performing 'It's Only Natural' in the style of The Ramones. They play the song at 100 miles per hour, complete with "hey ho, let's go" vocals etc. The song ends abruptly when Paul makes a mistake on the drums and says "Oh, sh*t!".

Ooooooooooooh! What a BLAST from the past! Gotta love those guys soooooo much!

I'd never even seen this thread before. I'm so very glad I found it...amazing stuff.

I'm sure there's plenty more live humourous Crowdie tales out there - more PLEASE!?

There's nothing quite like a big hearty laugh is there?? And at this time of year too - I think we all need it.

Thanks for all the laughs Hessie Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin

What a great way to remember.....
Oh it has to 1994 St Georges Hall, Bradford

Paul throws a bottle of beer up to the gods and it doesnt quite make it.

The bottle, on its return journey, makes a landing all over the mixing desk.

Paul leaves the stage and Neil does a few acoustic songs including messgae to my girl if i recall!

I think it was the same gig where Neil taught the audience how to speak aussie/nz.

"Hold the bridge of your nose and add the letters i and e to the every word..for example a christmas present is a chrisie pressie"

The Nick mentions once when in Melbourne a taxi driver said he was "looking forward to getting home so he could put on his leccie blankie"

ahhh memories.... both of crowdies and living in the uk!
I recall a funny moment possibly back in the 80s, early 90s. Can't recall the exact line, but during a live performance at MuchMusic video station here in Toronto, Paul was giving advice on how to tell if a condom was still usable or not by filling it with tap water.

Of course, I can't relay the hilarity of it, but keep in mind this was a national broadcast in Canada with likely a few million people watching. Very funny stuff.
This wasn't really CH on stage but still a funny moment all the same...
Catch 22 Interview, 1986. Wink
Paul: One... Two... Three...
Nick: Hi. We're Crowded House.
Paul: Sure are.
Neil: [serious facial expression] And when we're in Anchoridge, we don't get on a flight to sea-ol.
Nick: WE DON'T WHAT???!!!
Neil: To Soual.
All: Laughing
Neil: [Embaressed] Soual.. How'd you say it???
Interviewer: Seoul.
Neil: We don't get on a flight to Korea!

I laugh like crazy just thinking about this interview. Big Grin There's more funny parts in this interview but sorry, can't say it here. Too long. Frowner

Another funny moment {and this was live} was Neil and Nick's interview on Later With Jools 1994. Jools Holland embaresses Neil by showing him a short clip of Enz performing 'IGY', while Nick appears to be enjoying it. Short time later, Neil gets him back by bringing up the topic of Nick's musical past.

NEIL: What about Nick? He used to tour around Oz with his family singing Christan Irish Folk Songs. Come on, lets have a clip of those then. Where are they?{Seymour Family Singers}
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Surprised no one mentioned the occasion when the band were discussing their appearance on Top Of The Pops. And how Paul met Mrs Neil Sedaka. Needless to say it didn't work out well.

Paul"...that's the last time I speak to ol' knackers Sedaka. Stuff him."

For fans this incident is on the 2nd Weather With You single.

Or how about from the Roxy in 1987...:

Neil:'s been a very good year here at Roxy High. In a moment, we'll be having the prize giving ceremony. Paul's made a list..."

(Neil's interuppted by screaming girls in the front of the audience going "Me! Me! Me!")

Paul: Oh yes. You'll go!
Neil: (To girl in audience) Hey! You've won prizes before!
Paul: (To same girl) You know what your prize is, don't ya?

So do I. That last time just before Neil pounded the wall screaming "GOD!", Nick began on the correct note, then deliberately soared too high. Big Grin
No wonder Eddie Rayner began laughing like hell at the three of them! He was sitting against the back wall behind Neil, Paul and Nick laughing his head off at the three of them acting the fool.Big Grin

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