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Neil Finn

Neil Finn has consistently proven his knack for crafting high-quality songs that combine irresistible melodies with meticulous lyrical detail, from his beginnings as the precocious junior member of Split Enz, through his leadership of Crowded House, and, finally, in his distinguished solo career. He has also earned considerable international commercial success, respect from his peers, praise from critics, and a devoted fan base that hangs on his every release.

Born Neil Mullane Finn, on May 27, 1958, in Te Awamutu, New Zealand, Finn cut his musical teeth as a child by performing for family friends, harmonizing with elder brother Tim. Neil took to piano early on, learning his favorite Beatles tunes and eventually writing his own songs, the first of which was putting music to a poem enclosed in a Donovan album. In the early '70s, Finn intently studied emerging singer/songwriters like Elton John, Neil Young, David Bowie, and Cat Stevens, while watching his brother Tim's band, Split Enz, become a force in the Australian music scene. Neil secured a few supporting slots for the Enz as a solo act, mixing his own originals with some well-chosen covers, accompanying himself on piano, guitar, and mandolin. By 1976, he'd formed his own combo, the After Hours, with lyricist/drummer Mark Hough and guitarist Geoff Chunn. Hough departed shortly thereafter, and Alan Brown was recruited for bass duties. The group showed a great deal of promise, but came to a relatively quick end when Phil Judd left Split Enz and brother Tim offered the slot to Neil. Just before his 19th birthday, even though he'd never played electric guitar before, Neil joined Split Enz as lead guitarist.

Neil stayed in the background for the first two albums of his membership -- 1977's Dizrhythmia and 1978's Frenzy -- but emerged with the infectious "I Got You" for True Colours. The single was an immediate hit, saving the band from obscurity and, most likely, from an imminent breakup. Split Enz enjoyed moderate international success for the next several years until disbanding in 1985. Neil formed an early version of Crowded House the same year, under a variety of names like the Mullanes and the Largest Living Things, with drummer Paul Hester and bassist Nick Seymour (another guitarist, Craig Hooper, was also in the earliest incarnation of the band). Over the next ten years, the combo eclipsed the success of Split Enz, finding both critical acclaim and massive commercial success internationally, including a number two single in the U.S., "Don't Dream It's Over." In 1996, at the height of their success, following a Finn Brothers side project, Neil decided to dissolve the band in favor of a solo career.

He spent most of 1997 writing music and painting in his New Zealand home studio. In 1998, he released his first solo album, the critically acclaimed Try Whistling This. That same year, he contributed a cover of "I Can See Clearly Now" to the animated feature Antz and, in mid-1999, he released the charity single, "Can You Hear Us?," a tribute to New Zealand's rugby team the All Blacks. He rounded out 1999 by mining the Crowded House vaults for a rarities release, Afterglow, and by participating in a Split Enz reunion/millennium concert in New Zealand. Finn wrapped up work on his second solo album in 2000. One Nil was released in March 2001. A live album, 7 Worlds Collide, was issued in February 2002 and a reworked version of One Nil (titled One All) was issued in the U.S. in May 2002. A second Finn Brothers album followed in 2004. Finn reactivated Crowded House, releasing Time on Earth in 2007 and Intriguer in 2010. He returned in 2014 with his third proper solo album, the Dave Fridmann-co-produced, Dizzy Heights. ~ Chris Woodstra, Rovi
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COLD CHISEL
This is my favorite song ever.
And Billy Joel wrote Souvenir? Come on, Pandora! Really.
My late husband and I raised our girls on his music....to this day its my favorite
My late husband and I raised our girls on his music....to this day its my favorite
My late husband and I raised our girls on his music....to this day its my favorite
Neil will playing town hall in NY in 2014
kaplan.patri c i a
One of my favorite albums. I never tire of hearing his voice. Lovely and warm :)
Why does Any Time say it was written by William A. Finn? Who the heck is that?
Reminds me of Daniel Craig and can sing.
Neil Finn is among the best in the pantheon of great song writers. When he combines his talent with the eclecticism of brother Tim the results are astounding. Hope to hear much more from brothers Finn!! The tradition is carried forward with the unique musings of Neil's son Liam. Give him a listen. You will not be disappointed .
Mr. Neil Finn.... you are one of the BEST singers ever!
the single best vibe at a live performance, ever. Awesome performer, awesome fans...
Finn should be mentioned in the same breath as Lennon and McCartney.
He is my fave songwriter- he is just so awesome!
rstarkey77
any other oldies like me think he sounds a little like Emmett Rhodes?
Squeeze?
lastdance99
Why does Imani Coppola keep showing up as the CD cover of Try Whistling This? That isn't the original cover... what's going on, Pandora?
Definitely one of my favorite performers
Terrific writer and performer, one of my favorites. With Crowded House, the Finn Brothers or solo, one of the best out there. I am looking forward to hearing his latest project "The Pajama Club".
dahabintfara h
Stumbled across "Try Whistling This" almost 10 years ago and know every song by heart. More Neil on Pandora, please.
Nice cover of the old Hunters and Collectors classic. What a great performer!
chevy_1
Great song
Just saw Neil fronting Crowded House last week in Portland. A master showman, singer and songwriter. An underrated genius of pop music.
Cream of the crop, that Neil Finn.
Neil is a GENIUS!!!!!
parkersm3
tRY KING'S X, JELLYFISH, SUN DOMINGO AS WELL...GREAT !
My daughter,Tal i a , introduced Neil's music to me years ago...like!! Sometimes a little too melancholy for me.Soothing. . o u r fave for the baby in the car music!
I keep coming back to listening to Neil Finn time after time! So much talent. Loved him in Crowded House and love him solo.
lastdance99
Neil is a kind and humble down-to-eart h guy as well as a gifted writer, performer & vocalist. Throughout the years I keep coming back to his music over and over again. I will never tire of him. Those of us who were hooked in early are hooked in for life. I hope he continues to write and perform for the next 20 years. His fan base is a very special group!
Listened to and loved Crowded House and Neil Finn for a long time! For the last 6-8 years though, I left them behind for other, newer artists. What was I thinking! Listening to these songs today they are just as fun, relevant and smart as I remember. Glad to be back on board!
I love Neil Finn! Crowded House is my favorite band of all time, but I also love Neil's solo work. I never tire of listening to him. Great songs. Great voice.
I don't know if he's the best songwriter since Lennon/McCar t n e y , but this song is pretty good and so are the lyrics.
enwelsch
nice sounds interesting probly deserves more creditb and radio play
Best songwriter since Lennon/McCar t n e y . Incredible performer, magnificent voice. And, an incredibly kind person I have met several times.
one of the most articulate songwriters. . . inspiring guy
The Finn brothers turned out some doozies.

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