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Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by rze99, Nov 30, 2019.
I got the LP when it came out. That song defines a period in my life. It's an incredible tune.
RIP Paul Hester
R.I.P. Paul. Great player and showman. They had a lot of good banter on stage as I recall.
Neil Finn is one fine craftsman. Can’t think of anyone I’d rather be in a band with.
Pure unadulterated Genius.
Few have contributed to my enjoyment of music as much as Neil Finn has.
It is no secret here on TDPRI that I am a huge Neil Finn and Crowded House fan. I love the Crowded House album, Woodface and Together Alone. Each is exceptional. It is also important not to overlook "Message to My Girl" and some of the other fine pieces Neil wrote in his younger days when he was still with Split Enz.
Neil's tunes have been referred to as "Beatle-esq." That's sounds like a compliment for the beauty of his harmonies and melodies and the brilliance of his lyrics. It is well deserved.
I liked this song a lot. I even liked the Diana Krall version of it.
One of those special songs that takes me to a different place. I can't put my finger on it exactly, but it has this vibe that only a few other songs have for me.
I’m sure it’s a lot of fun playing Fleetwood Mac songs but I wish Finn was working on another CH album.
Sorry, I’m immune to Crowded House. Inoculated some time around May, 1980…
Looks like they've edited out the bio, spiel, and photos that was played before NF comes out to play this song for Paul Hester. Shame.. Anyway, you can see Neil's sorrow quite plainly..
The organ player was from the Booker T. Jones school of “less is more.” That’s a brilliant solo.
Yes ritchiek65 you can clearly see the pain on Neil's face. What a sad thing for Paul to pass by suicide. Tragic.
Neil Finn is great. What's in the water in NZ? So many talented artists from there and Oz gives them recognition and opportunity. They deserve it. There are many great singers, guitarists, musicians that
come from NZ. I've been there and I reckon it's their slightly "old school " at school where their intelligence is fostered. Good people.
Neil commented on his performance at the ARIA paying tribute to Paul. He said he could barely keep it together as he was on stage, and he shed a quite a few tears afterwards.
After leaving Crowded House, Paul had a t.v. show called "Hessie's Shed." There's an episode where Neil and Nick Seymour are on together and they really seem to be enjoying reuniting with Paul and the three of them hanging out together. Paul Kelley and a few others are also on that episode, but the "reunion" really is the theme that stands out on that particular night. If you are a Neil Finn and Crowded House fan it is well worth watching.
Some brilliant NZ TV and movies too
That organ part was pure, recycled Procol Harum ("Whiter Shade of Pale") and it worked, darn it. Darn it.
And the relevance of the clip is....?
Well, literally, it’s relevant as illustration of my feelings.
It just seemed to sum up what went through my mind at that moment as I was reading the thread - Dave Dobbyn, the Ulrich family, the Chunn brothers, Phil Judd, etc.
In the mid to late 70s, growing up in NZ, Split Enz were on TV at times and on the radio to some degree. While widely praised, I also have the impression they weren’t really approved of by the more conservative powers controlling broadcast media. My earliest impression / memory is of them being teased on television for their appearance. But, it’s all pretty faint on the memory front at this stage.
I do remember seeing Th’ Dudes clearly though, in what I was sure was 1981, but may have been in fact 1980. Either way, I was 15. They made a very powerful impression. It helped open my eyes to the fact there was a lot more going on than the Finn brothers. Stuff that spoke to me more.
Phil Judd too made a big impact, who, post Split Enz with The Swingers, blew my mind with what I thought was the perfect pop song. This one.
So, yeah, the clip was just a summary of thoughts.
Th' Dudes in 1980 were well before Crowded House hit the scene in 1986.
i will never not love this tune. absolute magic every time. almost enough to make someone not wanna hate FM radio