Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Going back to go forward

I'm delighted Neil Finn has decided to get together with Nick Seymour under the name Crowded House. He wanted to tell me when I spoke to him back in November but it wasn't clear whether they'd be going out as Crowded House or not. I don't welcome this news because I want to relive the past. It's simply because it means he won't have to keep explaining himself as a solo act (or as part of a duo with Tim) and I won't have to keep saying to people "he's the bloke who used to be in Crowded House" and they won't have to keep saying "oh, I see". It seems to me that there isn't much he's done since that he couldn't have done under the umbrella of Crowded House and no matter how he's been billed he's felt obliged to play "Don't Dream It's Over" or "Weather With You" at some stage in the evening. It's very difficult to build up any kind of perception amongst the public and once it's set it's very difficult to shift it or ask for temporary release from it. Like most bands they'll probably find that the passing of time has seen their following grow and I don't doubt that this audience will be receptive to all kinds of things, old and new. They're apparently playing Coachella this summer (as are the similarly reformed Rage Against The Machine and the Jesus & Mary Chain). A better festival act it's difficult to imagine.


  1. Anonymous5:15 pm

    So David, you're delighted Neil has decided to get together with Nick under the name of Crowded House but you don't welcome the news...

    I'm a tad confused about whether you're actually happy about this or not.

    To be fair, I'm not sure whether I'm happy about the way this reunion has been conducted so far. If they got back to record the album together, great.

    If it's Neil's solo album they've badged up as the next Crowded House album, I'm VERY disappointed. Neil always said that the band meant more to him than that...

  2. I'm pleased, but not because I wish to relive the past.

  3. Anonymous9:41 pm

    Well, I'm pleased because the band that Neil took on the road to support his last album weren't as great as they should have been, apart from Sebastian Steinberg, and as Mark Hart told you, he and Nick (and of course Paul) were the best backing band he could ever had. I'm looking forward to hearing his solo material played by Nick and Mark.

  4. Anonymous9:46 am

    I second that emotion, David. Although, hearing Hole In The River live again will be worth the admission...

  5. Something of a prophet, Mr H. Not long after your article about - and I'm paraphrasing - the inevitability of the reunion, and less than a month into 2007, we have the following lined up: Crowded House, James, Rage Against The Machine, The Jesus And Mary Chain, OMD, and The Police. I haven't bothered researching this - those are just the acts which have crossed my radar. There may be more.

  6. Anonymous10:08 pm

    I agree with Nigel. Saw the Belfast show on the Finn Brothers last tour and for the first time ever at a Finn/Crowded House show found myself talking to my wife in the encore. But then Nick Seymour made a surprise guest appearance (he only lives down the road in Dublin) and suddenly everything was transformed. His creative basslines really add something to Neil's songs. I think it's great news they are using the Crowded House name - my only hope the new album isn't as over compressed as the Finn Brothers' last one. Can't wait to hear Not the Girl You Think You Are live - and older songs like I Feel Possessed and - and yes - Hole in the River.