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I saw the book of the series in Metropolis (groovy bookstore on Acland St) about two weeks ago. Not sure if they should have had it out yet, but they did. Did a quick flip through - spotted brief interviews with Neil and Tim, among many others. Seemed to be mostly about the creative process.

Paperback, lolly pink cover with the gayer-than-Christmas LIITA logo, no pictures that I could see. But there may have been a few; I was very quick about it.
I really liked the first episode. The second episode was put together well & all, but it was all about Australia's female popstars from the '60s and '70s. Looking forward to the next 3 episodes and I will NOT BE happy if I forget to tape them! Smiler (Having said that, ABC repeated all 5 or 6 episodes of Long Way To The Top pretty soon after it originally screened, so don't stress people! Smiler )

Pete / gryphon / PG - Yes, the titles are interesting to say the least Big Grin . I'll have to check out Crowded House on them. I think it's Paul & Nick who feature on the [/i]closing[/i] credits from some promotional videp clip.

Also, I'm taking it that Neil or Tim weren't interviewed for the series?
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Originally posted by Secret God^:
[qb]I'm taking it that Neil or Tim weren't interviewed for the series? [/qb]
I'm taking that back.

Did anyone happen to catch the Episode #3 interview with Tim Finn talking about how Countdown (popular Aussie live music show) was better than Top Of The Pops? It was following a 20 second clip of the my mistake promo video? Brilliant to see. Can't wait for next week. It looks interesting with the promo featuring Crowded House about 3 times apparently. I'm guessing they will be talking about don't dream it's over in the USA?
Well here's what the website says.

Episode Four - I should be so Lucky Screens Sunday November 2 at 7.30pm

The business of star making� How does a soap star like Kylie Minogue, who first came into the public gaze from the underside of a broken down car, transform herself into an enduring pop diva? Why did her career take off and not others? What role did luck and being in the right place at the right time play in her global success; and how much has been the result of careful planning? This episode examines turning points in music careers, the key breakthrough moments that launched local acts into the international stratosphere. And it reveals how and why they took place. The careers of four of Australia's most successful international acts are examined in detail - Kylie, The Little River Band, Savage Garden and Crowded House.

Hopefully "in detial" means "in detail" sometimes these things tend to just scrapethe surface of the bands and not really go into to much detail.

SC - I'll have to watch episode 3 again when I get home. I must of missed the Tim part. Smiler

Anyway, can't wat for the Next Episode. Does anyone know i they interviewed Paul and Nick as well as Neil (and possibly Tim) ???
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Originally posted by sacredcow11:
[qb] SC - I'll have to watch episode 3 again when I get home. I must of missed the Tim part.[/qb]
OK then. Good luck.

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Originally posted by sacredcow11:
[qb] Anyway, can't wat for the Next Episode. Does anyone know i they interviewed Paul and Nick as well as Neil (and possibly Tim) ??? [/qb]
Well Episode #4 has just been & gone... AND IT WAS THE BEST EPISODE YET! - the 10 minute documentry on Crowded House was second to none - it truly was respectful to the band & the ABC should be congratulated on their effort. They played clips from four seasons in one day, it's only natural and talked about how good the don't dream it's over promo video was in the USA, ect. They had interviews with various people, including Sir Neil Finn himself! It was legendary! Nick Seymour was also interviewed (sporting a beard!). Neil was talking about how it was weird when Paul left in Atalata, which was also apparently where Phil Judd left Split Enz. They showed part of better be home soon @ the farewell concert in Sydney, including the final scenes of that show. And there was mention of how Crowded House could have become world dominant & how they were at their peak in 1996, ect. Neil Finn was charming as usual... and 2 thumbs up to the ABC for this! (3 thumbs up if it weren't for all that Kylie Minogue crap running right through the whole show! Frowner ). Savage Garden were great also - pop music with credibility.

AND next week, the show talks about the greatest songs ever, with more interview footage from Neil, including him saying something about how if if you put the word "freedom" in the first line of a song, you will have a hit song! Funny guy! (that was on the previews). I also suspect there might be some information about i got you - stay tuned!
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Originally posted by Belle:
[qb] My mother watched a little bit of the show and said "That man is quite nice looking isnt he!" when Nick came on, so there you go! Smiler [/qb]
Cool. My own parents haven't progressed beyond making the same old "Tum Funn" (NZ accent) joke they were cackling about twenty-five years ago... Roll Eyes Still, they're tolerant of my fandom, and that's "All I Ask" (apologies for the pun, but it was there to be made. Smiler LOL)
The 'Love Is.." footage of Nick was filmed last time he was in Melbourne, he looks different again...more clean shaven etc.

He called in the other day to the office, looks healthy, the one thing I noticed and this is about BOTh Seymour brothers is that they seem to be getting shorter, so weird we all noticed it. I'm a bit of a short arse but I felt a bit taller then Nick (not sure if I looked it!!!) but he seemed shorter...very strange. I think all that surfing at Kilcunda beach has shrunk him a bit!

Glad you enjoyed the Crowdies bit, we ok'd some stuff for that and stuff that probably wouldn't of been used in the Retro C.H., DVD
so it came to good use, ABC people were good to work with and expect more Finn Interview stuff , possibly in this Sundays episode...(there couldn't be too many more episodes left). ABC didn't have a massive amount of time when we got the footage etc to them so I thought they did a good job. Was equally happy that the infamous Mark Goulding (my betetr half) got a credit as he did serious editing work etc for it.

Oh c'mon Secret God you can't deny Kylie's success, like or dislike her she has had major success, it would stand out if there was no Minogue...can't just be a C.H. special (: (: (:

Kia Kaha you should see what it's like at our house with ALL the relatives at Xmas numerous Tum Funn jokes....you'd think they would of gotten it out of their system after my first year of working for them in 1980!!!! I can relate!

Anyway glad you enjoyed it. Noticed Crowdies and Enz (and several of our other acts) on the CD set as well... all good.

Peter
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Originally posted by gryphon:
[qb] Oh c'mon Secret God you can't deny Kylie's success, like or dislike her she has had major success, it would stand out if there was no Minogue...can't just be a C.H. special (: (: (:[/qb]
Yes, true that. I always knew the episode was going to be based on Kylie (hence the episode's title - I Should Be So Lucky Razzer ) so it was obligatory that she was going to be the episode's recurring dream (er... recurring THEME Wink ). I don't deny her success, I just think a lot of it (especially her second coming) has to do with the promotional deal her record company struck with the Herald Sun (yes, that newspaper Eeker ) - where they would promote her album or clothing line or whatever, disguised as an actual news article! (no shame!)... or just mention her (with or without a massive picture). Take today's paper... there is (no joke) an article about how she likes to go surfing! (and that is in the heart of the news section! Red Face ). I'm still waiting for the day Nui Te Koha decides to publish an article about what Neil Finn likes to eat for breakfast...

But I'm not complaining... we got to see nearly 7 minutes of premium Crowded House footage (hopefully the DVD will be 100 minutes of that!)

And yes, not too many episodes left. In fact Sunday's episode will be the fifth and final for the series (Strange considering Long Way To The Top was a 6 part series)

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