I was one of those who was initially skeptical that Crowded House could be reconstituted without Paul and all he had brought to the band.
But the more I listen to the new Crowded House, live or on record, the more convinced I become that the band's secret weapon is Matt Sherrod. When the band perform, Matt -- a.k.a. Max Shredder, or Mr. Snap -- manages to make the album tracks recorded without him (e.g. Silent House, Walked Her Way Down) sound so much more textured, energetically day-glo, even funky. And the four songs on TOE recorded with him (DSN, SCU, EAC, TL), even when the tunes themselves don't always stand out, are so much more rhythmically compelling than the other songs on the album; they all have that "snap" that Nick and Neil keep talking about as the hallmark of Matt's style. Add to all that the fact that he's such a likable presence on stage, and it becomes hard to imagine Crowded House (at least CH Mk. II) without him.
So now he's been with the band for the best part of a world tour, it's time for us to take stock and pay proper tribute to him. What are your favourite Max Shredder moments, on the album or on tour, behind the drums or away from them?