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The Finn Brothers is the name of the musical project of New Zealandmarker brothers Neil and Tim Finn.

The brothers started off making music together from a very young age, and Neil joined his big brother Tim in Split Enz at the age of eighteen. Both brothers have been involved in complicated music careers after Split Enz was disbanded in 1984. Neil started his own band, Crowded House and subsequently recorded two solo albums after Crowded House split in 1996. He reformed Crowded House in 2007 with a subsequent album and tour. Tim started a solo-career in 1983 before Split Enz disbanded and temporarily joined Crowded House for the Woodface album in 1991.

Both brothers were awarded the OBE in June 1993 for their contribution to New Zealand music.

History

Woodface and Finn

Tim and Neil intended to start the Finn brothers project after a three week song writing spree in 1990. However most of the songs written during this time were deemed suitable for inclusion on a Crowded House album and they appeared on Woodface which was released in 1991 and led to Tim joining Crowded House. Many of the original demo recordings from these sessions were eventually released as b-sides on Finn Brothers singles. Tim left Crowded House while they were touring Europe in support of the Woodface album.

Tim and Neil reconvened with the Finn brothers project in 1995, and a lo-fi album simply called Finn was released. In the UK the duo changed both their name and the album name to Finn Brothers to avoid confusion with a band going under the moniker Fin. This title was kept for all future brothers collaborations, however re-releases of the original album in Australia and New Zealandmarker still go by the original title Finn.

Everyone is Here

Their second album, Everyone Is Here was released in 2004. It was recorded twice, once in upstate New Yorkmarker with Bowie producer Tony Visconti, bassist Bones Hillman and Ross Burge on drums, then again six months later in Los Angelesmarker with Crowded House producer Mitchell Froom and different session musicians. Some of the songs from the first recording session were kept as B sides and later appeared on a special edition of the album. The album featured the would be Split Enz song "Edible Flowers" for which a music video was filmed. The music video features two people in a donkey suit, however its wearers cannot be seen. In the 2005 tour, Neil and Tim Finn wore a donkey suit onto stage for many performances also.

Following the Boxing Day Tsunamimarker, The Finn Brothers appeared at the Wave Aid fundraising concert in Sydneymarker to help raise funds for aid organisations working in disaster affected areas. As well as their own material, they performed a cover of Hunters and Collectors' "Throw Your Arms Around Me."

Television

Their song, Anything Can Happen was used in the first episode of Scrubs' fifth season, My Intern's Eyes.The song was used when we first meet Keith Dudemeister (albeit through his eyes) as he walks into his first day at Sacred Heart.

This song was also used on the final session of the last day of the 2005 Englandmarker vs. Australia Ashes cricket series on Channel 4 Television, at the end of the last day of cricket being shown on Britishmarker terrestrial television.

Their song "Luckiest Man Alive" was played during the closing credits of the television broadcast of the 2005 Indianapolis 500.

Discography

This discography relates to releases by The Finn Brothers. See Neil Finn's discography, Tim Finn's discography, Crowded House discography and Split Enz discography for other works by the Finn Brothers.
Date of Release Title Label Charted Country Catalog Number
1995 Finn #15 UK
2004 Everyone Is Here #2
#8
AUS
UK
2005 Everyone Is Here Special Edition - -


Singles

Year Single Album Charted Certification
1995 "Suffer Never" Finn #29 (UK) -
"Angels Heap" - -
2004 "Won't Give In" Everyone Is Here #26 (UK) -
"Nothing Wrong With You" #31 (UK) -
"Edible Flowers" #32 (UK) -
"Part of Me, Part of You" - -


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