P547 ORACLE 547 Sun 7 Aug S4C 2050:12  3/5     Weekend by Chris Fuller Life in the CROWDED HOUSE /3 Neil Finn: "The record sales are gratifying but it's easy in this business to let things go to your head. Especially in America, where you're treated like some sort of God if you have a hit record. You have to keep the ego in check else you can lose sight of the music, the reason you started in the first place..." Finn has paid his dues. He joined the grossly underrated Split Enz in 1975, and wrote most of the group's best- known songs up to their split in late '84. continues > BSVs Index 540 4 O'CR 548 4 O'Clock Rock Charts Buzz Kids
P547 ORACLE 547 Sun 7 Aug S4C 2041:10  1/5     Weekend by Chris Fuller Life in the CROWDED HOUSE What else can a band do? America has showered them with gold discs and hit singles, their debut album went multi- platinum in Australia and New Zealand ...yet still Crowded House can't crack Britain. But band songwriter/singer Neil Finn is philosophical: "If it happens it happens. I went through enough of that worry and anticipation with Split Enz to care too much about it now. It's easy to let it become an obsession..." BSVs Index 540 4 O'CR 548 HOLIDAY BOOKINGS AFTER HOURS! 682 4 O'Clock Rock Charts Buzz Kids
P547 ORACLE 547 Sun 7 Aug S4C 2051:01  2/5     Weekend by Chris Fuller Life in the CROWDED HOUSE /2 Clearly, the Australasian trio of Neil Finn, Paul Hester (drummer) and Nick Seymour Xcbss) are doing quite nicely thank you and needn't lose sleep over the fake prestige involved in cracking England. Building on the international success last year of the debut album and single "Don't Dream It's Over", the new album "Temple Of Low Men" is bulleting up the US chart and has already yielded an Aussie number one in "Better Be Home Soon". Neil Finn, interviewed in his London hotel, can't conceal his pride... > BSVs Index 540 4 O'CR 548 4 O'Clock Rock Charts Buzz Kids
P547 ORACLE 547 Sun 7 Aug S4C 2010:04  4/5     Weekend by Chris Fuller Life in the CROWDED HOUSE /4 The new album "Temple Of Low Men" - the band spotted the title scrawled on a Los Angeles wall and simply felt it "fitted the mood" - again sees the group teamed with producer Mitchell Froom (the Del Fuegos). Neil's brother and former Split Enz cohort Tim Finn sings on several tracks and ace folk-rocker Richard Thompson plays guitar on "Sister Madly". As with the first album, the songs are refreshingly simple and direct pop, free of claustrophobic over-production. continues > BSVs Index 540 4 O'CR 548 4 O'Clock Rock Charts Buzz Kids
P547 ORACLE 547 Sun 7 Aug S4C 2000:10  5/5     Weekend by Chris Fuller Life in the CROWDED HOUSE /5 The tunes may be emininently hummable - but the lyrics are often a nightmarish concoction of darkness and danger, as on "Kill Eye" (Kill Bxf tumbling come out of the sky/ Kill @xd fiery retreat from the stars/ Kill Dxd came clambering over the wall/ Kill @xd halfway to hell and beyond...). But Finn denies he's a haunted man: "I just draw the lyrics from things I see, dreams that I've had. I'm not particularly morbid or anything - that's just the way they come out!" start of interview > BSVs Index 540 4 O'CR 548 4 O'Clock Rock Charts Buzz Kids