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  • Woodchurch Faced

    10 Jul 2008, 23:21 by reallywunderbar

    Wed 9 Jul – Crowded House

    Terrible, terrible pun.

    Crowded House played Liverpool as part of the Summer Pops season. Warm-up provided by Don McGlashan (part of the NZ cohort) and local band Voo. Don did a one-man band set complete with one of the most under-used instruments in popular music today - the Euphonium. Voo hhad a kind of Editor-ish vibe to them and were a cracking, tight band and quite endearing on-stage.

    Crowded House were themselves as engaging as ever, even as a follow on from Glastonbury having debates with the security staff. It was a hit heavy set with only two songs from the latest album and two new songs. The crowd were warmly appreciative with a lot of dancing in the aisles. I was particularly in the mood for Distant Sun this evening and was pleased it came towards the end. And Fall At Your Feet made me as misty eyed as ever.

    An encore with Jonny Marr and the Smiths song There Is A Light... was a fantastic addition and two encores was more than merited. Below is the setlist as best as I can remember..
  • Top Thirty Artist Quiz

    8 Mar 2008, 22:24 by reallywunderbar

    1. How did you get into 29?
    They are one of those artists that are always there, aren't they? I saw a special offer for Old Friends in a newspaper. A good collection of their studio and live recordings.

    2. What was the first song you ever heard by 22?
    That's The Way I Feel About you has a fantastic introduction. They don't make then like that anymore.

    3. How many albums by 13 do you own?
    Five albums, if you include a greatest hits of his duets with Tammi Terrell. The artist is Marvin Gaye.

    4. What is your favorite song by 15?
    I like the instrumentation in Trim Body.

    5. What is your favorite song by 5?
    Without a doubt Distractions. One of the most atmospheric songs I have ever heard.

    6. Is there a song by 6 that makes you happy?
    A sing-a-long, breezy great; Get Some Sleep

    7. What is your favorite song by 10?
    Very difficult to choose. U Got The Look for its sheer vivacity.

    8. What is a good memory you have involving 30?
    Two friends of mine singing along to Don't Go Breaking My Heart and failing miserably!
  • Updated musical survey

    7 Dec 2007, 00:51 by BobInMelbourne

    1. What are you listening to right now?
    Into Temptation

    2. What song makes you sad?
    Better Be Home Soon

    3. What is the most annoying song in the world?
    CDE Had a boat, round and round the corner floats...Thank you Mark Hart! It was the first song he learnt on piano and incidentally one of the first I learnt to, and just thinking about it gets it lodged in my brain.

    4. Your all time favorite band?
    Crowded House

    5. Your newly discovered band is?
    Gotye

    6. Best female voice?
    I can't really pick between Kate Miller-Heidke, Bic Runga, or Sarah Blasko.

    7. Best male voice?
    Neil Finn or Tim Freedman from The Whitlams.

    8. Music type you find yourself listening to most?
    singer songwritery stuff, mostly.

    9. What do you listen to, to hype you up?
    The Grates or Words

    10. What do you listen to, to calm down?
    Jack Johnson

    11. Last gig/concert you went to?
    Kate Miller-Heidke at the Corner

    12. Band you find yourself listening to the most right now?
  • 9/2/07: Crowded House @ Schnitzer Concert Hall

    4 Sep 2007, 23:38 by soundtrekkie

    If I didn't completely love Crowded House before, I do now. But first, the supporting acts:

    A scruffy, bearded Liam Finn, son of Neil, opened the show solo with guitars, drums, loops, and a theramin. While the boomy great hall did him no justice, his humor, his frenetic energy (oh, was this a vision of Neil in days gone by!), and gorgeous Finn (tm) voice carried through. If his uncle and father weren't hitting things out of the ballpark lately, I bet we'd be hearing more about Liam. But as we know, the world is big enough for two Finns, why not three?

    Pete Yorn was definitely hampered by the hall. Most of his songs had the same-sounding instrumentation (Minibar on three guitars, bass, drums) and the drummer was slamming on his set for no conceivably good reason. I liked a few songs but it was excruciating to listen because of the excess noise. They also did a cover of the ubiquitous whistling Peter Bjorn and John song, which was much more listenable than the original.

  • Crowded House Concert

    6 Aug 2007, 01:33 by Roguelazer

    I went to see the Crowded House concert yesterday at the Calvin Theater in Northampton, MA, and it was awesome. The opening act was supposed to be Liam Finn, but he was unable to attend (for unspecified reasons), so he was replaced by two members of The Winterpills. I guess I would classify the Winterpills as a modern indie-folk-rock. They were proficient, but nothing that they did in their brief (35 minute) set stood out in my mind.

    After a not-so-brief sound-check, Crowded House themselves came on. The did almost every track on Time On Earth, and a lot of their big hits from way back when. In the main set, I'd say that my favorite song was Distant Sun, which was about half-way through. The balance was pretty good by that point, and the band seemed to be getting into it a bit more than they had been with the newer, more sedate music. Of course, after the main set, they came back for five (!) encores, all of which were great.

    The band seemed very tight, especially considering that they've only been playing for a few months. …
  • Crowded House: Time on Earth

    19 Jul 2007, 16:16 by guitarnoise

    When a band you like hasn't released a new album in 13 years, you're bound to be a little apprehensive when they put something new out. It's been that long since Crowded House's last disc Together Alone. Their new album sounds like the same old band, but they're not playing same old songs. You can't hold that against them. Time On Earth magnificently finds the right balance. They have done just about everything right by sounding the same while doing something new.

    Of course, with such a long break between albums, you can't exactly hit the ground running. Time on Earth is one of those albums that will have to grow on you. I wondered how many listens I would have to give it before I could really start liking it. I found myself enjoying it more on the third listen, and really starting to like it on the fourth listen.

    For fans of Crowded House this is a great album. It's not the same old Crowded House though. The music is much more sombre and low-key…
  • The FEELING/CROWDED HOUSE @ HYDE PARK, 23rd June 2007

    14 Jul 2007, 16:15 by zepmeister7

    The Feeling

    I Want You Now
    Fill My Little World
    Rose
    Never Be Lonely
    Helicopter
    Video Killed The Radio Star
    Join With Us
    Sewn
    Love It When You Call

    Crowded House

    Locked Out
    Weather With You
    Pineapple Head
    Transit Lounge
    Don't Stop Now
    Fall At Your Feet
    Distant Sun
    Silent House
    Private Universe
    Heaven That I'm Making
    Four Seasons In One Day
    Mean To Me
    Better Be Home Soon


    The Feeling got on stage shortly before 5pm and proceeded to romp through their set. Again, Join With Us was included as the Old but New song appearing on the much awaited second album. As expected, a very good, if truncated, set.

    We suffered the odd shower whilst waiting for Crowded House to appear on stage, but we were quite lucky in that regard. Neil Finn and co then appeared, to a rather large welcome. (I'm afraid that I subscribe to the theory that Neil Finn is Crowded House and vice versa, since Neil writes 95% of the songs, sings 99% of them, plays most of the instrumentation etc. …
  • Wet at Hyde Park Calling!

    25 Jun 2007, 22:19 by SiHart

    I suppose after two great, hot and sunny concerts in Hyde Park over the last few years we were due a wet one. And we certainly got one. There we were, thinking we'd got away with it, when suddenly, without much warning there was a clap of thunder and an absolutely torrential downpour for 20 minutes, from the end of Crowded House and just before Peter Gabriel. Even the large blue plastic sheet some enterprising person in front of us managed to set up as impromptu rain shelter wasn't quite enough to keep us dry. Still, it was all worth it. Oh yes!

    The Ghosts were the first band we saw. They were average. The singer's voice seemed lost against the music, which was pretty but uninspired. There was a speedy stage change, and burgers, and half hour later The Feeling were up on stage. The sun came out with them too! They were really good. I wasn't quite sure what to expect from them, but I was really pleased with what we did get. They've got mammoth stage presence…
  • The Top 10 Artists Meme.... Reloaded

    9 Feb 2007, 00:10 by dirtycreature

    So I've reached the magic 15,000 plays which has taken me approximately 2 years and 2 months to achieve. The charts are looking quite different to what they were two years ago, so I thought I'd redo this little 10 Artists Meme.

    Name your top 10 most played artists on Last.fm:

    1. Split Enz
    2. The Church
    3. Crowded House
    4. The Triffids
    5. Finn Brothers
    6. Neil Finn
    7. David Bowie
    8. CITIZEN BAND
    9. The Go-Betweens
    10. U2

    And now for the questions (according to the numbers):

    What was the first song you heard by 6?
    Solo - I think it was probably Sinner. I'm pretty sure it was on Hey Hey it's Saturday when Molly Meldrum was doing his bit about new albums. They showed the Sinner clip and I thought it was really cool - with the cat falling up and all that.

    What is your favorite album of 2?
    You're asking me to pick between my children. They would be a band that has, what, 25 albums - all of which are very different. In terms of a whole album that I love every song, I would go for After Everything Now This
  • "Crowded House 'plan world tour'"

    23 Jan 2007, 13:41 by Blinkenlights

    Good news!!!(from BBC News | Entertainment)

    Australian and New Zealand band Crowded House are set to reform for a world tour 11 years after they split, according to newspaper reports.

    Singer Neil Finn and bass player Nick Seymour are currently seeking drummers in Australia, with more auditions planned for New Zealand and the US.

    The band's original drummer, Paul Hester, committed suicide in 2005.

    Crowded House, whose hits include Distant Sun, will confirm the tour this week, New Zealand's Dominion Post said.

    Julia Connolly, a spokeswoman for Finn's office, told the newspaper that auditions were planned in Auckland and Los Angeles.

    "At the moment, they're just working at getting the band together," she said.

    "Something's formally coming out once the band is in place."

    Crowded House, headed by New Zealand-born Finn, formed in Melbourne, Australia, in 1986.

    They had hits with songs such as Better Be Home Soon, Weather With You, and Don't Dream It's Over.