Tim Finn

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Tim Finn

Tim Finn, 17 March 2007, Dublin, Ireland
Background information
Birth name Brian Timothy Finn
Born 25 June 1952 (1952-06-25) (age 62)
Origin New Zealand
Genres Pop, New Wave, Alternative rock, Progressive rock
Years active 1972–present
Labels Mushroom Records, WEA, Capitol Records, Columbia Records/Sony, EMI Records, Virgin Records, Discovery Records, CRS Records, Periscope Records
Website www.timfinn.com (offline)

Brian Timothy "Tim" Finn, OBE (born 25 June 1952) is a singer-songwriter born in New Zealand. Finn is most known for his music with his band Split Enz. He has released solo albums, and was member of his brother Neil's band Crowded House. He also released albums with Neil as the Finn Brothers.

History[change | change source]

Tim Finn was born in Te Awamutu, New Zealand. He went to Sacred Heart College, Auckland, a Catholic boarding school. In 1971 he completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Auckland. It is there that he met Mike Chunn, Robert Gillies, Philip Judd and Noel Crombie. Phil and Tim formed a band called Split Ends, which became Split Enz before they started to tour Australia.

Finn recorded his first solo album, Escapade, in 1983. This album was very successful in Australia and New Zealand. Because of this, he decided to leave Split Enz in 1984. The band broke up. In early 1985, Tim moved to London. His second album Big Canoe was not as successful as the first album. He also wrote some music for movies, and acted in a few movies. His role in The Coca-Cola Kid was about five minutes long. He had a bigger role in the movie La Donna della Luna (The Moon Woman).

In late 1989, he went to live in Melbourne. He recorded his third album, Tim Finn. In early 1990 he joined Crowded House, the group Neil had formed after Split Enz split up. The band recorded Woodface with him. He left Crowded House after the album. Because of their success, Tim Finn and Neil Finn were made OBE for services to New Zealand music in the 1993 Queen's Birthday Honours List.[1]

The album Finn was released in 1995. This was an album made by Neil and Tim as the Finn Brothers. Also in 1995, Finn worked with singers Andy White and Liam Ó Maonlaí. They formed the band ALT. They released the album Altitude.

In 2000, the album Together in Concert: Live was recorded featuring Finn, and New Zealand artists Bic Runga, and Dave Dobbyn. The concerts and album have all three musicians singing and playing on each other's songs.

In 2004, the Finn brothers released their second album together, titled, Everyone Is Here.

Tim has released Imaginary Kingdom in 2006, The Conversation in 2008. He has collaborated on the Seven Worlds Collide projects in 2004 and 2009 with his brother Neil, and artists like Eddie Vedder. In 2009 North, South, East, West..., a best of was released.

Personal life[change | change source]

Finn is currently married to television presenter Marie Azcona, formerly of MTV and TVNZ One's Music Week.[2] They have worked together on several songs, some of which are featured on Steel City soundtrack. Finn and Azcona have two children; a son, Harper, and a daughter, Elliott.

Discography[change | change source]

This discography relates to releases by Tim Finn only. See Finn Brothers' discography, Crowded House discography and Split Enz discography for other related works.

Date Title Label Charted Country Catalog Number
Album
1983 Escapade Mushroom Records #161 U.S. D19230
1986 Big Canoe Virgin Records CDV-2369
1989 Tim Finn Capitol Records CDP7-48735-2
1993 Before & After CDP-594904
1999 Say It Is So Sonny's Pop Records
2001 Feeding the Gods Sonny's Pop Records 002
2006 Imaginary Kingdom Capitol Records
2008 The Conversation EMI Records
2009 North, South, East, West...Anthology Capitol Records
EPs
1999 Far Out Fan club release
2001 What You've Done EMI Records
Collaborations
1987 The Les Patterson Long Player WEA 2547791
1991 Woodface
(with Crowded House)
Capitol Records 83 U.S. CDP-7-93559-2
1995 Altitude
(with ALT)
1995 Finn
(with Neil Finn)
Discovery Records 77043
1998 Steel City CRS Records 5011402000
2000 Together in Concert: Live
(with Dave Dobbyn & Bic Runga)
2004 Everyone Is Here
(with Neil Finn)
2 AUS
2009 The Sun Came Out Sony Music 88697568272

Singles[change | change source]

Year Song Peak chart positions Album
AUS[3] Canada (RPM)[4] NZ[5]
1983 "Fraction Too Much Friction" 8 2 Escapade
1983 "Made My Day" 22
1983 "Staring At The Embers" 34
1984 "Through The Years" 34
1984 "In A Minor Key"
1985 "Home For My Heart" 87 The Coca-Cola Kid Soundtrack
1986 "No Thunder No Fire No Rain" 46 24 Big Canoe
1986 "Spiritual Hunger"
1986 "Carve You In Marble" 33
1987 "You Saved The World" Les Patterson Saves The World
1987 "With You I'm Alive
1989 "How'm I Gonna Sleep" 24 77 2 Tim Finn
1989 "Crescendo" 97
1989 "Not Even Close" 91
1989 "Parihaka"
(with Herbs)
6 New version of a track originally from Tim Finn
1990 "Long Hard Road"
(with Phil Judd)
1992 "Islands"
(with MC Fli T)
1993 "Hit The Ground Running" 14 Before & After
1993 "Persuasion" 62 6
1993 "Many's The Time"
1994 "Runs In The Family" 9
1998 "Steel City" Steel City Soundtrack
1999 "Twinkle" Say It Is So
2001 "What You've Done" 48 Feeding The Gods
2006 "Couldn't Be Done" Imaginary Kingdom
2007 "Horizon"
2008 "Out of This World" The Conversation

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