The Long Lunch

The Crowded Career of Neil Finn

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Singer, songwriter and musician Neil Finn is 61 on the 27th of May.

Before joining brother Tim in Split Enz, Neil was in the band After Hours with another future Enz member Geoff Chunn.

Neil replaced Phil Judd in Split Enz and his role in the band gradually increased from musician to lead singer on I Got You, which became the band's biggest hit.

He assumed the frontman role when Tim left in '84 but The Enz split after the See Ya Round album released in the same year.

Neil formed The Mullanes, who became Crowded House, originally a four piece but settling on a three piece with Neil, bass player Nick Seymour and drummer Paul Hestor.

The band released four albums and charted with singles like Don't Dream It's Over, Better Be Home Soon, It's Only Natural and Distant Sun.

Tim joined the band for one album, 1991's Woodface, while drummer Paul Hestor left in '94.

The band played a farewell gig in 1996 in front of The Sydney Opera House with keyboard player Mark Hart and Paul and Tim temporarily rejoining.

The band members went on to other musical projects after the split but sadly Paul Hestor died in 2005.

Crowded House reformed in 2007 with new drummer Matt Sherrod and released the album Time On Earth.

Outside of his band work, Neil has released nine solo albums and often works with his wife Sharon and son Liam.

In April last year it was announced that Neil would replace Lindsay Buckingham in Fleetwood Mac for their upcoming tour.