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Tim Finn, 17 March 2007, Dublin, Ireland
|Birth name||Brian Timothy Finn|
|Born||25 June 1952|
|Genres||Pop, New Wave, Alternative rock, Progressive rock|
|Labels||Mushroom Records, WEA, Capitol Records, Columbia Records/Sony, EMI Records, Virgin Records, Discovery Records, CRS Records, Periscope Records|
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.
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 married the television presenter Marie Azcona, formerly of MTV and TVNZ One's Music Week. 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]
|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||–||–|
|1999||Far Out||Fan club release||–|
|2001||What You've Done||EMI Records||–||–|
|1987||The Les Patterson Long Player||WEA||–||–||2547791|
(with Crowded House)
(with Neil Finn)
|1998||Steel City||CRS Records||–||–||5011402000|
|2000||Together in Concert: Live
(with Dave Dobbyn & Bic Runga)
|2004||Everyone Is Here
(with Neil Finn)
|2009||The Sun Came Out||Sony Music||–||–||88697568272|
Singles[change | change source]
|Year||Song||Peak chart positions||Album|
|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||"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||"Not Even Close"||–||91||–|
|–||–||6||New version of a track originally from Tim Finn|
|1990||"Long Hard Road"
(with Phil Judd)
(with MC Fli T)
|1993||"Hit The Ground Running"||–||–||14||Before & After|
|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|
|2008||"Out of This World"||–||–||–||The Conversation|
References[change | change source]
- "No. 53334". The London Gazette (Supplement). 11 June 1993. p. 38.
- "TV: Marie Azcona shows older set what's new in music". New Zealand Herald. 17 March 2011. Retrieved 13 April 2011.
- Steffen Hung. "Forum – Chart Positions Pre 1989 Part 3 (ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts)". australian-charts.com. Retrieved 13 April 2011.
- "RPM – Library and Archives Canada | RPM – Bibliothèque et Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 13 April 2011.
- Steffen Hung. "New Zealand charts portal". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 13 April 2011.
Books[change | change source]
- Chunn, Mike (1992). Stranger Than Fiction: The Life and Times of Split Enz. Wellington, N.Z.: GP Publications. ISBN 1-86956-050-7. OCLC 31240332.
- Bourke, Chris (1997). Something So Strong. South Melbourne: Macmillan. ISBN 0-7329-0886-8. OCLC 38406050.
- Doole, Kerry; Chris Twomey (1996). Crowded House: Private Universe. London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-4816-X. OCLC 35527434.
- Dix, John (2005). Stranded in Paradise: New Zealand Rock and Roll, 1955 to the Modern Era. Auckland, NZ: Penguin Group. ISBN 0-14-301953-8. OCLC 63692850.
Other websites[change | change source]
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