As in Neil Finn of Split Enz, Crowded House, The Finn Brothers, Pajama Club, and a clutch of solo albums. Crowded House alone has sold over 15 million albums worldwide, making Finn the most commercial songwriter I’ve written about to date, more successful even than Elvis Costello…
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Most know the songs of Grant-Lee Phillips, to the extent they know them at all, because of the band that made him “almost famous” in the 90s, Grant Lee…
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And she hasn’t had a hit since ‘Til Tuesday’s “Voices Carry” in 1985, which is absurd. In part because “Voices Carry” was apparently one of the first…
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Not me. Wait, that’s a double negative. Please allow me to clarify: I love Super Furry Animals. Tigers, grizzly bears, and the 90s/00s Welsh Brit pop…
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…Titus Andronicus. I think most punk aficionados out there would agree with me. But for those of you who are more casual punk fans, but love the great…
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The best new Irish band of the 2000s was the Thrills. Some might argue for The Frames, but they released their first three albums in the 90s before…
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One of the top five English songwriters of the last 45 years, Andy Partridge has been called the Ray Davies of his generation. Unlike Robert Smith of…
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If you don’t already know what I’m referring to, boy are you in for a treat. Dunedin is New Zealand’s southern-most university town. But that’s not what…
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