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Neil and Sharon Finn unveil Pajama ClubRoss Purdie, National Entertainment Writer, AAP May 24, 2011, 12:02 pm Post Commenttweet0EmailPrint
It's a coming of age question for every couple with children. How to fill those empty evenings once the kids have packed up and left home?

For Neil and Sharon Finn they took gleeful advantage, cozying up in pyjamas each night to mess around making music together.

What started with Neil tapping away at drums and Sharon on bass guitar became Pajama Club, the new band fronted by the Crowded House singer and his wife of nearly 30 years.

"We had some free time after the boys left and instead of turning to bridge club or something we started playing music together over a few glasses of wine," Neil tells AAP from his home in Auckland.

"We're pretty well matched because I'm not great on drums and Sharon isn't a pro on the bass but we discovered we could lock onto these very simple but fun grooves."

Recorded on an old 16-track tape machine, their initial jams laid foundations for the couple to sing over and soon complete songs began to take shape.

They recruited Auckland songwriter Sean Donnelly and ex-Grates drummer Alana Skyring to transform the after-dinner sessions into a studio album, which is set for release in August.

The first song to emerge, From A Friend To A Friend, suggests a swampier, more experimental sound than your average Crowded House creation. But the album also has its fair share of upbeat moments with the funky polyrythmns of `70s outfit ESG a big influence, according to Neil.

"We haven't polished it at all so there's a psychedelic spooky feeling about it," he says.

"All the songs are really diverse because we were defining our parameters as we went along."

Before the album release, Pajama Club will play live dates in Australia and the US. Their debut American show will be warming up for Wilco at the Chicago band's own Solid Sound Festival.

Pajama Club is not the first time Neil has worked with his wife. Sharon sang on the track Isolation for the 2010 Crowded House album, Intriguer, and boasts various backing vocal credits.

Not only does his partner boast a "lovely voice", she's also a surprisingly accomplished bassist.

"Sharon has the best feel of any bassist I've ever played with. She may not play that many notes but she doesn't need to," says Neil.

The couple are determined to earn their stripes independent of Neil's legacy and the obvious shadow of Crowded House.

They realise touring side by side is likely to raise the odd marital strain but playing together has already proven a healthy development.

"The challenge is on when you're with somebody for a long time to keep redefining your relationship and not let it fall into ruts and Pajama Club has certainly done that," Neil says.

"We're in completely new territory and being on the road together will be challenging. The road is littered with couples who have come unstuck but I think we're prepared for it."

But can the same be said for their grown up sons, Liam and Elroy, who have also carved out careers as musicians? What do the kids think of mum and dad jamming in pyjamas as if they're John and Yoko?

"They're excited because they never expected this to happen either," Neil laughs.

"For them it's the romantic notion that their parents are behaving badly and staying up late making a big noise."

Pajama Club play the following Australian dates:


June 11 - The Northern, Byron Bay

June 12 - The Zoo, Brisbane

June 13 - Oxford Art Factory, Sydney

June 15 - The Corner Hotel, Melbourne

Jennifer in NYC

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- from the limited footage Ive seen of Sharon playing, I thought she looked very awkward. I'd hesitate before saying she is to the bass what Linda McCartney was to the tambourine but if I was Mr Seymour, I'd feel a tad peeved.

These UK dates.......I'd actually prefer post CD release (so long as it isn't last week in August, unless it's Plymouth!)
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"Sharon has the best feel of any bassist I've ever played with". Yeah, I could just hear Nick saying "Ouch" when I saw that comment. 'Not only does his partner boast a "lovely voice"' Well that kind of comes across as a luke-warm compliment. C'mon Neil, you are going to need to show a little more confidence in your wife. I have to admit that I have been very worried about this project since I first heard about it. I hope that Sharon is VERY prepared for the comparisons to Linda and Yoko, and those comparisons will usually not meant as a compliment. I know that David Gilmour from Pink Floyd had to deal with it when he started writing with his wife Polly Samson. I can pretty much guarantee Sharon that it will happen, whether justified or not. Just wait till our friend Mr. Sweatman gets a hold of the CD. All my fingers and toes are crossed for Neil and Sharon and I really hope that critics are delightfully surprised by the CD.
I'm confident that i'm going to love the record, i'm addicted to FAFTAF, and love Golden child but....I do have concerns about Pajama Club as a live band. Sharon has always come across as being rather shy, and I find it hard to imagine her taking front of stage??? But I hope for both their sakes that they pull it off
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Originally posted by BART:
- from the limited footage Ive seen of Sharon playing, I thought she looked very awkward.


LOL - not half as awkward as Neil looks behind the drum kit, bless him! *Ducks for cover & hopes not to end up quoted again by the man himself in The Herald Sun*


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDhAmiHcy1c

C'mon Neil wasn't that bad in the above clip. Yeah, Okay, Matt does NOT need to worry about his position as the drummer for CH. Hey, a few lessons from Liam and Elroy and Neil will be better in no time. LOL. Watch this video, the highlight of the Toronto show IMO, and you will see what I mean.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECNMURunsT4
Now that I'm seeing Pajama Club referred to as PC, I think Tim needs to form a new band (with Marie?) with the initials MAC, then the Neil vs Tim debate will become the PC vs MAC debate! Big Grin

Oh! I know! Since Pajama Club was formed due to Neil and Sharon entering the empty nest stage of life, Tim and Marie's should reflect their young family: Milk And Cookies = MAC! Wink
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Originally posted by Jenny G.:
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Originally posted by BART:
- from the limited footage Ive seen of Sharon playing, I thought she looked very awkward.


LOL - not half as awkward as Neil looks behind the drum kit, bless him! *Ducks for cover & hopes not to end up quoted again by the man himself in The Herald Sun*


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDhAmiHcy1c

C'mon Neil wasn't that bad in the above clip. Yeah, Okay, Matt does NOT need to worry about his position as the drummer for CH. Hey, a few lessons from Liam and Elroy and Neil will be better in no time. LOL. Watch this video, the highlight of the Toronto show IMO, and you will see what I mean.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECNMURunsT4


Aw, I've always loved that clip! And I love that Neil enjoys playing the drums! Truly whatever makes him happy! However, in the press photos released so far, he looks a tad uncomfortable and a bit like he's counting:



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Sharon, on the other hand, looks quite badass in these photos & she seems to be owning it so I think that she may be a bit more fierce than everybody is expecting! LOL - I, for one, would not want to run into her in a dark alley looking like that!


She looks v. un-Sharon, v. similar to Josie Lawrence, or a slimmed-down Dawn French.

What about the 4th Club member?
Well I guess she has clarified things and Neil really didn't steal from the Grates. I don't think they have rerecorded the album. I don't think that remastering necessarily means rerecording. She gives me the impression that they are really just rehearsing since she mentions that she has had to learn Neil's drum part. Well, I guess this band will be well rehearsed by the time they do their first show. This CD better be really good since Neil has been tinkering with it since at least January.
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.. I don't think that remastering necessarily means rerecording. ... This CD better be really good since Neil has been tinkering with it since at least January.


And it was the tinkering I was highlighting in my post. I hope the final cd release does not become too polished and lose the low-fi indie feel due to tinkering. That feel is a key mark of the appeal of FAFTAF which has been the official lead track.

BART - very funny Big Grin. Made me LOL and thanks for injecting some humour into this.
My initial reaction to Pajama Club (before I'd heard a note) was a comparison between Sharon and Linda. And then I heard the song. And then I watched the youtube video. I don't think Sharon is Linda. For one, she can carry a tune. Additionally, I think she is the secret ingredient that makes Pajama Club work. Well, she's what makes From a Friend to a Friend work, IMHO. Neil and Sharon are definitely the new Thurston and Kim on that song. I'm really hoping the rest of Pajama Club follows the direction of FAFTOF.
http://www.northernstar.com.au...d-house-pajama-club/


Expect to see a crowded house
Cassandra Tobin | 1st June 2011
Tags byron bay, music, pajama club


Neil Finn is coming to Bluesfest.
THE Pajama Club is coming to Byron Bay, and this isn’t just any bunch of bananas.

International music icon Neil Finn and his wife Sharon formed the band after jamming at home in their pyjamas.

Although they have played just one gig to family and friends at home in New Zealand, they are yet to play to fans anywhere in the world.

The band’s global debut performance will be at Byron Bay’s Great Northern Hotel on Saturday, June 11.

One of only four gigs on the tour, the Finns will then head to Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne to promote their debut album From A Friend To A Friend, set for release in August.

We would like to think the Finns chose Byron Bay because of a great love of the area, but according to Sharon, that’s not quite the case.

“We’re just doing a few club shows in Australia, and Byron isn’t too far from Brisbane, but that all gets done by our booking agent really,” she said.

The album was recorded at the Finns’ home during a few weeks of what became a nightly ritual of dinner, a few wines and off to the music room to jam.

Both Neil and Sharon picked up new instruments on the album. Neil took on the drums and Sharon plucked away on bass.

The title track from the album is the only hint at where it might lead but, as a whole, the album is a mix of genres, said Sharon.

“It’s quite diverse,” she said. “I won’t say much more though, you’ll just have to wait and listen to it.”

And you’ll have a chance to do exactly that when the duo are joined by Kiwi musician Sean Donnelly (guitar and keyboard) and Aussie drummer Alana Skyring, formerly of The Grates.

Tickets are on sale now at http://www.thenorthern.com.au.
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- lots of online articles (with today's date) showing an album release date of 13 September! Looks like it's slipped again.

Isn't this exactly what happened with Intriguer?


Isn't this exactly what happens with *every* Neil Finn album? I consider new music from Neil any time in 2011 to be an amazing feat. Never has he written an entire album (in this case Intriguer) and then followed it up with an entire new album in a little over a year. I'm assuming he wrote most, if not all, of the PC album. In fact, this is so quick by Neil Finn terms that I'm a bit scared that the quality of music will suffer. I do love FAFTAF though, so that's a good sign!
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Isn't this exactly what happens with *every* Neil Finn album?


- yep!

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In fact, this is so quick by Neil Finn terms that I'm a bit scared that the quality of music will suffer. I do love FAFTAF though, so that's a good sign


It is a great track and I'm very optimistic about the album. Did you hear/see the quote from Neil in yesterday's radio interview about output? Believe it when I see/hear it!
Master of pop song craft and front man of Crowded House, Neil Finn, and his wife, Sharon Finn have formed a brand new band called Pajama Club (formerly Pajama Party). The New Zealand-based group also include local indie musician Sean Donnelly (SJD), and in its touring incarnation, former Grates drummer Alana Skyring. Pajama Club’s self titled debut full-length will be released on September 13th through Lester Records/Redeye/

The album is a mix of gritty, garage rock grooves and electronic bleeps and squelches, topped off by Neill and Sharon’s back-and-forth vocals. The couple have an alluring natural chemistry that forms the core of the band. Opening track, “Tell Me What You Want” romps along with a sexy, swampy lurch and introduces the nonchalant yet haunting sentiment that permeates throughout the album. The first early release track “From A Friend To A Friend” has sheets of noisy guitar lurking beneath Neil and Sharon’s serene vocals, which tell of a mysterious scenario of strangers and headlights.

The band’s debut has a wonderful spontaneous feel to it, which stems from the way in which it was recorded. The skeleton of the songs were formed when Neil and Sharon began jamming together just for fun at home, drinking wine, wearing pajamas and realizing they had something going on, other than a raw groove. Eventually Neil added additional layers of guitar, keys, and other melodic lines to the bare-bones songs while he toured with Crowded House in 2009. The final piece of the puzzle came when Sean Donnelly began rounding out the tracks with electronic loops and texture, in a similarly independent, creative, and organic fashion that Neil and Sharon had first begun.

Pajama Club’s debut bursts with a joyous, free spirited energy at every turn. However it is Neil and Sharon’s impeccable melodies that bring it all together – burrowing in the listener’s brain while giving each song an immediate likeability. The band will play several East Coast US tour dates in June, including the ‘Solid Sound’ Festival and will commence a short West Coast Fall tour in August.

CH Frontman Neil Finn to Release Debut Album from New Band: Pajama Club
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Here's an interview with Sharon. http://www.ravemagazine.com.au...t&task=view&id=27271

The full version of the interview:

http://reviewedmusic.com/2011/...on-finn-pajama-club/

"... don’t think it’s going to be a flipping Neil Finn record" - love it! Big Grin


Sharon's hilarious! Love her little potty mouth, lol! Big Grin


She did well in the interview. In regards to the "potty mouth", Neil has quite the rep for that as well. It all comes across good-naturedly, though.

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