A free-lance music journalist friend of mine forwarded me this – it’s already fairly well known in music industry circles but is due to be made common knowledge within the next couple of days. He says it’s ok to post here, so here goes..I'm not sure how I feel about this!
Kiwi classic songwriter drafted in to pen title track for new Take That album
Neil Finn, frontman of 90’s melodic pop outfit Crowded House has written the title track for Take That’s forthcoming album. ‘Never Dream’ was a joy to write, says Finn, whose former band found chart success with ‘Weather With You’, ‘Four Seasons In One Day’ and ‘Distant Sun’ during the 1990’s.
‘I’ve known Gary Barlow for several years - we met at a Q Awards jolly a couple of years ago’ said 53 year old Finn, who was awarded the illustrious ‘Classic Songwriter’ Award by Q Magazine in 2009. ‘Gary told me he was a long-time fan of Crowded House and Split Enz. Then last winter my management got a call out of the blue asking me if I’d be interested in contributing to the new Take That album’.
1996’s Number One album ‘Recurring Dream, The Very Best Of Crowded House’ which went multi-platinum in the U.K., cemented Finn’s status as a top flight song smith, a reminder to music fans that Crowded House were responsible for two of the most catchy albums of the decade. ‘Woodface’ and ‘Together Alone’ appealed to all but the most cynical of music fans. Damon Albarn, Paul McCarntney and Radiohead’s Thom Yorke publicly professed admiration for Finn’s song writing talents and his ability to deliver imaginative lyricism in an era when urban Britpop banter threatened to label a whole musical era as little more than a Chas ‘n’ Dave inflected cheek-fest.
Barlow, the song writing force in a now revived Take That (following the success of their comeback albums ‘Beautiful World’, ‘The Circus’ and 2010’s Robbie Williams encrusted ‘Progress’), is quick to extoll Finns virtues as a gifted tunesmith: ‘Neil has that unusual knack of being able to combine incredible melody with profound lyrics. So when we were looking around for someone to add depth to the new album, it was a no-brainer really. The song was so sublime we decided to ask Neil if he’d mind us using this as the album’s title track. Neil was very gracious and explained it’d be a pleasure’.
This is not Finn’s first foray into the more commercial side of hit-making. 1987 classic ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’ has been covered by artists as diverse as Paul Young and Bruce Springsteen, and was featured on Susan’s Boyle’s recent smash album ‘I Dreamed A Dream’.
Finn is wry when asked if such a songwriting credit might bring into question his credibility; ‘my last project (Pajama Club – a techno based collaboration with wife Sharon) barely scratched the surface commercially speaking – not that I measure myself on chart success anymore, but Gary and co are talented performers and at the end of the day this is still my craft and I’ve no problem with possibility one of my songs penetrating the masses once more. Radio 1 have ignored me for years, it’s very possible that’s about to change’.
Take That’s ‘Never Dream’ is out on Polydor in July