Sorting out the Chocolate covered pinballs.
Sorting out the cleverly concealed Chocolate covered pinballs.

. . . or click on the link here for Audio Player – Crowded House – In Concert At Finsbury Park – 1994 – BBC 6 Music

Crowded House were one of those bands seemingly all over the place in the late 80s/early 90s. From the recently disbanded Split Enz, founder Neil Finn (and later joined by brother and Split Enz alumnus Tim Finn) put together a band which went in a different direction than his predecessor, but which gained a huge following from the advantage of a wider audience. They were a break from the synthesizer-laden material so prevalent in the New Wave genre and brought with them an impressive catalog of well-crafted songs, taking on a more pop-sensibility to their music.

Don’t get me wrong – I was a huge Split Enz fan – they were one of the reasons the 70s will always be memorable. They were also one of the best interviews I ever did. But they weren’t for all tastes – which I could never understand. Crowded House was a step in a much more commercial direction – and the gamble paid off handsomely.

Crowded House has gone through two phases – the initial one which called it quits in 1996, the band reformed (with personnel changes) in 2006 and are currently recording and gigging.

This weekend it’s a concert recorded at the height of their first phase – at Finsbury Park in London in 1994 and preserved for posterity by the ever-present and always dependable BBC 6 Music.

Crank it up and enjoy – goes well with Thanksgiving leftovers.

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