I can remember vividly the tag line for the advert promoting Recurring Dream: The Very Best of Crowded House (1996):
‘You know more songs by Crowded House than you think’
And when the advert scrolled through them, this was indeed true – Weather With You, Into Temptation, Pineapple Head, Private Universe – and so it went on. Amazing. How had this happened? These were all tracks which I did not know I knew. So I felt compelled to get the album.
Oh, I suppose it is important to say that I did actually like the tracks too. I was not totally brainwashed by the magic of TV. Duh.
Listening to the album again, I find myself in the same situation. Faced with tracks whose names I do not recognise, but when I hear them, I instantly know within the space of the first few beats. Very strange. Handily, I still like them. Crowded House has the sort of raw, mellow, rich rock/pop sound that I am partial to in a modern band.
And it turns out that I have another, more recent album of their’s too – Time on Earth (2007). Now, I really have absolutely no idea how I came to own this one. But it turns out to be rather good. An excellent LeapingTracks find! In the words of a BBC review captured on Amazon, it is “an older, wiser, weathered Crowded House, but still as perfect at their craft as ever”. I could not have put it better.
So how ever I might have ended up getting this one, it has proved to be a bit of a result. Whether this was by luck or judgement, who knows? I could joke about the embedded microchip working well that day, but that might make me sound a bit mad. (Or it might give the game away….)