Most Underrated Crowded House Songs

Been a few of these posts but none of them come from anywhere later than post Time On Earth.

In your opinion which Crowded House songs do not get enough praise or recognition? For me it's: Anyone Can Tell, Pineapple Head, As Sure As I Am, Even A Child and Italian Plastic.

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"Nobody wants to" comes to mind immediately for me. I think it's a beautiful little gem. I also love "In the Lowlands", both musically and lyrically. There's so much going on in this song.

I agree with you on Pinenapple Head being underrated. It seems a silly little singalong song at first, but it's so well crafted.

For those that haven't read it, our beloved Axver attempted to rank EVERY A-side Crowded House song from the 6 albums, Afterglow and Recurring Dream Best of:
https://rateyourmusic.com/list...wded-house-ranked/1/
It motivated me to make one of my own. Whilst it seems pointless, overly technical and subject to constant change, it was actually a very fun journey to go on. It really got me thinking about what I do and don't love about every song and deepened my appreciation of their entire catalogue.

For the purpose of this thread, I will just note some high-ranking songs from my list that I would consider 'underrated'.

4. Catherine Wheels
9. Tombstone
11. Black & White Boy
12. I Am In Love
14. Sacred Cow
15. Anyone Can Tell
22. In the Lowlands
25. You Can Touch
29. Tall Trees
31. Dr Livingstone
32. Say That Again
33. Fame Is
34. Walked Her Way Down
35. Even A Chlid

I have left out some very high-ranking songs like Recurring Dream, Kare Kare, She Goes On and Archer's Arrows because I feel like they are already held in high regard by many fans, despite not being household songs.

Cradle2Grave posted:

For those that haven't read it, our beloved Axver attempted to rank EVERY A-side Crowded House song from the 6 albums, Afterglow and Recurring Dream Best of:
https://rateyourmusic.com/list...wded-house-ranked/1/
It motivated me to make one of my own. Whilst it seems pointless, overly technical and subject to constant change, it was actually a very fun journey to go on. It really got me thinking about what I do and don't love about every song and deepened my appreciation of their entire catalogue.

For the purpose of this thread, I will just note some high-ranking songs from my list that I would consider 'underrated'.

4. Catherine Wheels
9. Tombstone
11. Black & White Boy
12. I Am In Love
14. Sacred Cow
15. Anyone Can Tell
22. In the Lowlands
25. You Can Touch
29. Tall Trees
31. Dr Livingstone
32. Say That Again
33. Fame Is
34. Walked Her Way Down
35. Even A Chlid

I have left out some very high-ranking songs like Recurring Dream, Kare Kare, She Goes On and Archer's Arrows because I feel like they are already held in high regard by many fans, despite not being household songs.

Yeah I've seen Axver's. Do you have your list? I'd love to see it!

The Pineapple Head posted:

Yeah I've seen Axver's. Do you have your list? I'd love to see it!

Sure! This would almost warrant a separate thread, because it's always a fun conversation starter. Some people are bewildered that their favourite song ranks so low, others are happy that somebody else shares an obscure favourite of theirs, but it always makes for spirited discussion. WARNING: Long comment incoming. Here we go.

  1. Fingers of Love
  2. Recurring Dream
  3. Private Universe
  4. Catherine Wheels
  5. I Feel Possessed
  6. Nails in My Feet
  7. Kare Kare
  8. Distant Sun
  9. Tombstone
  10. Silent House
  11. Black & White Boy
  12. I Am In Love
  13. Whispers and Moans
  14. Sacred Cow
  15. Anyone Can Tell
  16. Archer’s Arrows
  17. Four Seasons In One Day
  18. Never Be the Same
  19. She Goes On
  20. Saturday Sun
  21. When You Come
  22. In the Lowlands
  23. In My Command
  24. I Walk Away
  25. You Can Touch
  26. Instinct
  27. Chocolate Cake
  28. Sister Madly
  29. Tall Trees
  30. Pour le Monde
  31. Dr Livingstone
  32. Say That Again
  33. Fame Is
  34. Walked Her Way Down
  35. Even A Child
  36. Locked Out
  37. English Trees
  38. Together Alone
  39. Don’t Stop Now
  40. Amsterdam
  41. Twice If You’re Lucky
  42. Now We're Getting Somewhere
  43. Nobody Wants To
  44. Time Immemorial
  45. I Love You Dawn
  46. There Goes God
  47. Help Is Coming
  48. Into Temptation
  49. Hole in the River
  50. Isolation
  51. Fall At Your Feet
  52. Inside Out
  53. Can’t Carry On
  54. Love This Life
  55. Weather With You
  56. Don't Dream It's Over
  57. Mean To Me
  58. Everything Is Good For You
  59. World Where You Live
  60. Heaven That I’m Making
  61. Falling Dove
  62. It’s Only Natural
  63. Elephants
  64. Walking on the Spot
  65. Pineapple Head
  66. Transit Lounge
  67. People Are Like Suns
  68. Left Hand
  69. Mansion In the Slums
  70. You Are the One To Make Me Cry
  71. How Will You Go
  72. Better Be Home Soon
  73. Something So Strong
  74. As Sure As I Am
  75. Love You ‘Til the Day I Die
  76. Even If
  77. Skin Feeling
  78. Italian Plastic
  79. Lester
  80. Kill Eye
  81. She Called Up
  82. Either Side of the World
  83. That’s What I Call Love
  84. Not the Girl You Think You Are
  85. I’m Still Here
  86. All I Ask
  87. A Sigh
  88. My Telly’s Gone Bung

All criticism is strongly encouraged! Fire away.

Cradle2Grave posted:
The Pineapple Head posted:

Yeah I've seen Axver's. Do you have your list? I'd love to see it!

Sure! This would almost warrant a separate thread, because it's always a fun conversation starter. Some people are bewildered that their favourite song ranks so low, others are happy that somebody else shares an obscure favourite of theirs, but it always makes for spirited discussion. WARNING: Long comment incoming. Here we go.

  1. Fingers of Love
  2. Recurring Dream
  3. Private Universe
  4. Catherine Wheels
  5. I Feel Possessed
  6. Nails in My Feet
  7. Kare Kare
  8. Distant Sun
  9. Tombstone
  10. Silent House
  11. Black & White Boy
  12. I Am In Love
  13. Whispers and Moans
  14. Sacred Cow
  15. Anyone Can Tell
  16. Archer’s Arrows
  17. Four Seasons In One Day
  18. Never Be the Same
  19. She Goes On
  20. Saturday Sun
  21. When You Come
  22. In the Lowlands
  23. In My Command
  24. I Walk Away
  25. You Can Touch
  26. Instinct
  27. Chocolate Cake
  28. Sister Madly
  29. Tall Trees
  30. Pour le Monde
  31. Dr Livingstone
  32. Say That Again
  33. Fame Is
  34. Walked Her Way Down
  35. Even A Child
  36. Locked Out
  37. English Trees
  38. Together Alone
  39. Don’t Stop Now
  40. Amsterdam
  41. Twice If You’re Lucky
  42. Now We're Getting Somewhere
  43. Nobody Wants To
  44. Time Immemorial
  45. I Love You Dawn
  46. There Goes God
  47. Help Is Coming
  48. Into Temptation
  49. Hole in the River
  50. Isolation
  51. Fall At Your Feet
  52. Inside Out
  53. Can’t Carry On
  54. Love This Life
  55. Weather With You
  56. Don't Dream It's Over
  57. Mean To Me
  58. Everything Is Good For You
  59. World Where You Live
  60. Heaven That I’m Making
  61. Falling Dove
  62. It’s Only Natural
  63. Elephants
  64. Walking on the Spot
  65. Pineapple Head
  66. Transit Lounge
  67. People Are Like Suns
  68. Left Hand
  69. Mansion In the Slums
  70. You Are the One To Make Me Cry
  71. How Will You Go
  72. Better Be Home Soon
  73. Something So Strong
  74. As Sure As I Am
  75. Love You ‘Til the Day I Die
  76. Even If
  77. Skin Feeling
  78. Italian Plastic
  79. Lester
  80. Kill Eye
  81. She Called Up
  82. Either Side of the World
  83. That’s What I Call Love
  84. Not the Girl You Think You Are
  85. I’m Still Here
  86. All I Ask
  87. A Sigh
  88. My Telly’s Gone Bung

All criticism is strongly encouraged! Fire away.

I have no clue how I'd rank all of them but my top 10 are:

1) Anyone Can Tell

2) Private Universe

3) I Feel Posssesed

4) Italian Plastic

5) Better Be Home Soon

6) Even A Child

7) How Will You Go

8) Kare Kare

9) Twice If You're Lucky

10) Weather With You

The Pineapple Head posted:

I have no clue how I'd rank all of them but my top 10 are:

1) Anyone Can Tell

2) Private Universe

3) I Feel Posssesed

4) Italian Plastic

5) Better Be Home Soon

6) Even A Child

7) How Will You Go

8) Kare Kare

9) Twice If You're Lucky

10) Weather With You

It's pretty painstaking and time-consuming. To start out, I just positioned them roughly on the list depending on how much I like them. Then I worked through the list head-to-head (1st vs 2nd, 2nd vs 3rd etc) and whenever I preferred the lower song, it would keep moving up until it 'lost'. I found the more different two songs are, the harder they are to compare. Think about Now We're Getting Somewhere and Help Is Coming. I love both of them but the sound, atmosphere and mood are polar opposites. When you love them in different ways, it's hard to pick a winner.

You've got some wonderful songs there. Looks like the biggest climbers compared to mine are Italian Plastic, BBHS and How Will You Go. I quite like all three of them, they were just victims of how consistently great the band is. I'd say the first two suffer from bland or stunted verses which fail to do justice for pretty memorable choruses. How Will You Go holds up better to frequent listens and it could easily be a career-defining single for most pop songwriters. The fact it feels like 'just another strong track' to me is testament to the talent of the Finns.

Is there anything else that you found surprisingly high or low on my list?

All so subjective but Fall at your feet at 51 is.... Controversial!

My underated tune is always Tombstone. It starts with the greatest lyrics of any song. In fact the sequence Can't carry on => I walk away => Tombstone is just a perfect sequence.

Neil_Fann posted:

All so subjective but Fall at your feet at 51 is.... Controversial!

My underated tune is always Tombstone. It starts with the greatest lyrics of any song. In fact the sequence Can't carry on => I walk away => Tombstone is just a perfect sequence.

That's my favourite stretch of the album. What makes it all the more curious is that Tombstone is an extremely crowd-friendly, singalong type of song. I can understand that atmospheric, moody masterpieces like Catherine Wheels and Kare Kare are not built for radio. But Tombstone? It could easily be an all-time classic pop-rock song in a parallel universe. I mean it just oozes 'mega-hit'.

Looking at the track listing, those gems towards the back of the album may have simply been victims of the sheer number of hits that precede them. When you have Mean to Me, World Where You Live, Now We're Getting Somewhere, Don't Dream It's Over and Something So Strong within the first 6 tracks, the others will be lost in the shuffle. All 5 of those songs were released as singles and it was probably too difficult to get any others on to the airwaves with so much already going out there.

Cradle2Grave posted:
Neil_Fann posted:

All so subjective but Fall at your feet at 51 is.... Controversial!

My underated tune is always Tombstone. It starts with the greatest lyrics of any song. In fact the sequence Can't carry on => I walk away => Tombstone is just a perfect sequence.

That's my favourite stretch of the album. What makes it all the more curious is that Tombstone is an extremely crowd-friendly, singalong type of song. I can understand that atmospheric, moody masterpieces like Catherine Wheels and Kare Kare are not built for radio. But Tombstone? It could easily be an all-time classic pop-rock song in a parallel universe. I mean it just oozes 'mega-hit'.

Looking at the track listing, those gems towards the back of the album may have simply been victims of the sheer number of hits that precede them. When you have Mean to Me, World Where You Live, Now We're Getting Somewhere, Don't Dream It's Over and Something So Strong within the first 6 tracks, the others will be lost in the shuffle. All 5 of those songs were released as singles and it was probably too difficult to get any others on to the airwaves with so much already going out there.

Personally if it makes any sense whatsover, I like the songs on 'Crowded House' but not the album. For me all the songs blur into one and I can't tell them apart. Not sure if anyone else has this problem or has an album that makes them feel the same way.

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