Crowded House progeny set for solo American strike

Sat Jan 19, 2008 8:15am EST
 
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By Michelle Nichols

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Liam Finn will be a 24-year-old unknown to most Americans when his debut solo album is released in the United States on Tuesday, but Crowded House fans have already heard his work -- nearly two decades ago.

The son of Crowded House frontman Neil Finn wrote the line "And here comes Mrs. Hairy Legs" and an accompanying melody in the hit Australian/New Zealand pop band's 1991 song "Chocolate Cake," and then last year toured America with them.

"He totally ripped me off," Finn joked of his father during an interview with Reuters from Auckland, where he says he is happy living with his parents when needed rather than hit up Crowded House for royalties.

Neil Finn has repaid the musical favor by playing bass guitar for a track on his son's album "I'll Be Lightning."

Billboard magazine likened Finn's music as "closer to the work of home-studio eccentrics like Beck than to the classically minded pop of his father," while Canada's Globe and Mail newspaper said, "This Kiwi is fresh, and does not fall far from the tree."

Billboard adds: "Each of these 14 tunes harbors handsome hooks that point to a childhood spent obsessing over Dad's Beatles and Beach Boys (and Crowded House) records."

'GUT FEELING'

Finn, named one of 10 artists to watch in 2008 by Rolling Stone magazine, said he was determined not to live in his father's musical shadow.   Continued...