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Effort For Effortlessness: Neil Finn's Favourite Albums
Barnaby Smith , January 30th, 2014 07:32

Ahead of his forthcoming solo album Dizzy Heights, the Crowded House man talks Barnaby Smith through his 13 favourite records


Talking Heads – Remain In Light
I've had the pleasure of David [Byrne]'s company on a few occasions and the pleasure of singing on stage with him. So it has been a wonderful coming around, because I was very smitten with that record when it came out. It was before I got married and I remember the place I heard it first in Melbourne. I saw them in Amsterdam with XTC, and then numerous times afterwards.

On my first time in New York my brother and I were taken to Central Park by our manager, who just happened to be Tommy Mottola at the time - a strange quirk now I think about it, and literally straight off the plane, went straight to the Park to the side of stage to see Talking Heads play, and it was an extraordinary show. I think they loved it as well as they came off feeling very buoyant from what I could tell. I have a really big connection with that record, and it's only been enhanced by getting to know David, who is a very charming and funny man.