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Crowded House — Pineapple Head
Album: Recurring Dream
Avg rating:
7.4

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Total ratings: 859









Released: 1996
Length: 3:22
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Detective is flat
No longer is always flat out
Got the number of the getaway car
Didn't get very far

As lucid as hell
These images moving so fast
Like a fever
So close to the bone
I don't feel too well

And if you choose
To take that path
I will play you like a shark
And I'll clutch at your heart
I'll come flying like a spark
To enflame you

Sleeping alone
For pleasure, the pineapple head
It spins and it spins
Like a number I hold
Don't remember if she was my friend
It was a long time ago

And if you choose
To take that path
I will play you like a shark
And I'll clutch at your heart
I'll come flying like a spark
to enflame you

Sleeping alone
For pleasure, the pineapple head
It spins and it spins
Like a number I hold
Don't remember if she was my friend
It was a long time ago

And if you choose
To take that path
Would you come to make me pay?

I will play you like a shark
nd I'll clutch at your heart
I'll come flying like a spark

I will clutch at your heart
And come flying like a spark
To enflame you
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This song has a Beatles-like construct about it so, yes, that must rate it up near the top rating as proposed by the the previous comment.

I am not a great Beatles fan but Crowded House produced some sublime stuff and maybe not a 10 but an excellent 9 from me. 
Don't give out many 10's but this gets that score every day of the week. sublime.
 On_The_Beach wrote:

Well, yeah, but they can tell you all you need to know about Kim Kardashian . . . so THERE!

 

Clearly, our future as a species is assured.



 Hannio wrote:

Engaging in the Canadian national pastime, are you?

 

Something tells me the rest of the world plays this game too...
Another of my "original" RP favs. I have a thing for these ballad-like songs, I guess—especially when done by the likes of Neil Finn/CH.
I shall put on my slippers, light my pipe, prepare a bowl of vanilla ice cream and enjoy Crowded House, because that's the kind of nutter I am.  
 kcar wrote:

How disappointing that we can't tell the difference between shampoo and pieces of fruit. 

Seriously, Americans can be pretty dumb about geography and the world beyond their country's borders. 

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/10640690/Americans-surveyed-misunderstood-misrepresented-or-ignorant.html

"A National Geographic poll of over 500 young Americans, aged 18 to 24, showed that six per cent failed to locate their own country on a map of the world.

Among those with a high school education or less, the figure was one in ten. Only one in three could find Great Britain on a map.

In the same group, two thirds of the respondents estimated the population of the US at between 750 million and two billion (actual figure: 298 million).

In the same National Geographic poll, conducted three years after the Iraq War began, only 37 per cent of young Americans could find Iraq on a map of the Middle East.

The same percentage could point out Saudi Arabia.

Only one in four could locate Israel or Iran.

Even among college students, only 23 per cent found all four countries.

Two years after the Iraq War began, 70 per cent of Americans still believed Saddam Hussein was personally involved in the 9/11 attacks, according to a Washington Post survey."

 
Well, yeah, but they can tell you all you need to know about Kim Kardashian . . . so THERE!
 kcar wrote:

How disappointing that we can't tell the difference between shampoo and pieces of fruit. 

Seriously, Americans can be pretty dumb about geography and the world beyond their country's borders. 

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/10640690/Americans-surveyed-misunderstood-misrepresented-or-ignorant.html

"A National Geographic poll of over 500 young Americans, aged 18 to 24, showed that six per cent failed to locate their own country on a map of the world.

Among those with a high school education or less, the figure was one in ten. Only one in three could find Great Britain on a map.

In the same group, two thirds of the respondents estimated the population of the US at between 750 million and two billion (actual figure: 298 million).

In the same National Geographic poll, conducted three years after the Iraq War began, only 37 per cent of young Americans could find Iraq on a map of the Middle East.

The same percentage could point out Saudi Arabia.

Only one in four could locate Israel or Iran.

Even among college students, only 23 per cent found all four countries.

Two years after the Iraq War began, 70 per cent of Americans still believed Saddam Hussein was personally involved in the 9/11 attacks, according to a Washington Post survey."


 
Engaging in the Canadian national pastime, are you?
aah man  my second best song {#Cool}

 I am in agreement.

Sasha2001 wrote:

Quietly one of the best song writers of his generation.

 


Finn is in!


 oldfart48 wrote:


what's this bi..h got to do with it?

 
Pineapple head?
 Hannio wrote:


Usually it's the dumbass Americans that conflate the Aussies and the Kiwis.  I'm surprised someone from Toronto would, too.  Maybe we're not so different after all.

 
How disappointing that we can't tell the difference between shampoo and pieces of fruit. 

Seriously, Americans can be pretty dumb about geography and the world beyond their country's borders. 

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/10640690/Americans-surveyed-misunderstood-misrepresented-or-ignorant.html

"A National Geographic poll of over 500 young Americans, aged 18 to 24, showed that six per cent failed to locate their own country on a map of the world.

Among those with a high school education or less, the figure was one in ten. Only one in three could find Great Britain on a map.

In the same group, two thirds of the respondents estimated the population of the US at between 750 million and two billion (actual figure: 298 million).

In the same National Geographic poll, conducted three years after the Iraq War began, only 37 per cent of young Americans could find Iraq on a map of the Middle East.

The same percentage could point out Saudi Arabia.

Only one in four could locate Israel or Iran.

Even among college students, only 23 per cent found all four countries.

Two years after the Iraq War began, 70 per cent of Americans still believed Saddam Hussein was personally involved in the 9/11 attacks, according to a Washington Post survey."





 oldfart48 wrote:
what's this bi..h got to do with it?
 
(Hint: check the song title, look at Rod's haircut.)
 Crowded House = the Beatles of Australia
 bev wrote:
Neil Finn's voice and the melodies he writes are sublime.

 
.... yes yes yes
Always a joy to hear this... It was such a wild time in my world when it came out, and this band's music was central to my life in many ways...wild memories spin whenever it gets played, and some lines still drill me to the core. If she was my friend, it was a long time ago...
 On_The_Beach wrote:
Rod Stewart

 

what's this bi..h got to do with it?
Neil Finn's voice and the melodies he writes are sublime.
Not one of my favorite CH tunes...but I still enjoy hearing it whenever it arrives. I appreciate that this track sees the light of day here in a radio format...otherwise lost in oblivion. 
 Hannio wrote:


Usually it's the dumbass Americans that conflate the Aussies and the Kiwis.  I'm surprised someone from Toronto would, too.  Maybe we're not so different after all.
 
That's it....this means WAR!!!!

THE NORIEGA SONG!
One of my first Radio Paradise Favorites playlist additions. Just upped my rating; what was I thinking—it's aged very well.
 Hannio wrote:


Usually it's the dumbass Americans that conflate the Aussies and the Kiwis.  I'm surprised someone from Toronto would, too.  Maybe we're not so different after all.
 
The Finns are Kiwi but Crowded House formed in Australia (and based themselves here) and there were Aussies in the band... So I think we can lay a bit of a claim to them! They (NZ) can keep Russell Crowe though.

Rod Stewart
 coldatlantic wrote:
Visited Sydney this summer, and had loaded my ipod up with Aussie music. Something about this weird song seemed to define the feeling of that city for me...
 

Usually it's the dumbass Americans that conflate the Aussies and the Kiwis.  I'm surprised someone from Toronto would, too.  Maybe we're not so different after all.
This is easily my favorite CH song.  I now have the Very Best CD in my car CD player.  The rest of the CD is getter better with each listen.
Quietly one of the best song writers of his generation.
I don't care what people say, I like Crowded  House!
 planet_lizard wrote:

Bloomin 'eck, never expected to find Jason Lee on RP! His kids have all had me as their teacher at some point, poor sods....

 
It's a small world, right enough. The pic of him disappeared from my earlier post, so here it is again for the delight of RP listeners, with his pineapple hairstyle in flagrante gloriosa:

Photo of footballer Jason Lee with pineapple hairstyle


so THIS is crowded house, eh? kinda digging it.

Crowded House (11) by MystifyMe Concert PhotographyTM
Troy
https://www.flickr.com/photos/mystifyme07/

Nick Seymour, Bassist

CROWDED HOUSE
Supported by DOG TRUMPET

Crowded House have announced a special Sydney show for their fans, to be performed at the Enmore Theatre on Wednesday 31 March, as part of a short Australian tour.

This show is a rare intimate venue appearance by the band whose most recent Australian tour was a series of sold out major arena shows.

One of our region's greatest ever bands, Crowded House have an epic back catalogue, including such incredible songs as ,‘Weather With You', ‘Four Seasons In One Day', ‘Don't Dream It's Over', ‘Fall At Your Feet' and ‘Locked Out'.

Back to their best following their 2007 reunion and the critically acclaimed studio album, ‘Time on Earth', the band are currently finishing their new (sixth) album, titled ‘Intriguer', which is due for release mid-year.

Joining founding members Neil Finn and Nick Seymour and drummer, Matt Sherrod, and U.S.-based keyboard player Mark Hart, a veteran of the line-up who made Together Alone in 1993.

This photo was taken on March 30, 2010 using a Canon EOS 5D Mark II.

Copyright All rights reserved

——————————————————————————————————

excelent song & excelent performance of  Nick Seymour on "solo-bass".-  
** 8 **

note: it is convenient and very important to use system speackers of sound  2.1  or  5.1 dedicated and adjusted to be able itself to all hear music in its explendor.




 fredriley wrote:
The title reminds me of the much-travelled journeyman footballer (soccer player to you lot across the Pond) Jason Lee, who was renowned for his pineapple hairstyle, even after he shaved it off:


 
Bloomin 'eck, never expected to find Jason Lee on RP! His kids have all had me as their teacher at some point, poor sods....


The title reminds me of the much-travelled journeyman footballer (soccer player to you lot across the Pond) Jason Lee, who was renowned for his pineapple hairstyle, even after he shaved it off:


looking forward to their show this Friday in Orlando.  The wife is mad for them which can only mean a glorious start to the weekend for me.  Hats off to the Kiwis.
Pretty song {#Sunny}
I HEAR CH AND FEEL I CAN IMMEDEATELY
UNDERSTAND THE FEEL OF AND IN NEW ZEALAND.

...but was never there!
Yep, this is one of those songs that just works on a sunny afternoon.  I love Crowded House. {#Dancingbanana}
RP on a rainy Saturday morning - at work - the only day I can stream RP without the IT cops down on me; music like this makes the day float away .....  {#Meditate}
The Finn brothers are from NZ.  Just another kiwi icon Australia loves to claim

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pn_AfVS0IWY

 
coldatlantic wrote:
Visited Sydney this summer, and had loaded my ipod up with Aussie music. Something about this weird song seemed to define the feeling of that city for me...
 

Visited Sydney this summer, and had loaded my ipod up with Aussie music. Something about this weird song seemed to define the feeling of that city for me...
The guitars are reminding me of Try not to breathe. I like both songs.
 Chinju wrote:
Surely, this needs to go together with Soft Hearted Scientists - Diving Bell
 
Specifically, first Diving Bell, then this, I would think.

 Stingray wrote:

All Crowded House is high-end, as is Finn Brothers, as is Tim solo as is Neil solo!
"WOODFACE", after Stgt. Pepper, is the second best album EVER being made - for example! 

 
That might be overdoing it a bit.


They always make me happy, and this song is one of my favourites. A unique band, despite the obviousness...
 pushkinjim wrote:
REM - ish - in a bad sort of way!
 
{#Eek} You are a Pineapple Head! ....but in a good sort of way. (Sorry, I couldn't resist ;o))

I love this.

Bit of a pity that it is presented as part of a 'greatest hits' album. Am I too much of a purist wishing to see it presented as part of its original album?

OK maybe I need to crawl back into the old 20th century...
Wonderful song. Lilting guitars, and all. But he sounds like he has a cold.
sound like a nice song, but I still don't like it.
I love Crowded House!
 handyrae wrote:
I'm beginning to feel really bad for not having paid more attention to Crowded House.
 

I agree, I never did either, but now I always turn and say, wow these guys are good, sounds as good as a Federer forehand looks.
I will play you like a shark
And I will clutch at your heart
I'll come flying like a spark to inflame you

ahhh, yes i want to be inflamed...thanks neil...and thanks bill

Surely, this needs to go together with Soft Hearted Scientists - Diving Bell
I'm beginning to feel really bad for not having paid more attention to Crowded House.
Ok, how can this only be rated 7.6?!
very nice  {#Sunny}
What a perfect song...like so many of their others...and prompts the urge to PRAISE GOD for them and RP and this virtual spiritual community of music we hereby affirm that we undeniably belong to...
THANKS! and may equal benefit of Heaven's heady blend of most righteous warm light extend to all!


one of my  ch favourites....thanks bill, i needed a little neil {#Good-vibes}
 Bosonator wrote:


Yes. Totally. And so is "Everyone is here" - the Finn Brothers' solo album.

 
All Crowded House is high-end, as is Finn Brothers, as is Tim solo as is Neil solo!
"WOODFACE", after Stgt. Pepper, is the second best album EVER being made - for example! 

 grace6697 wrote:
i beg you for more crowded house. beg.

 

siiigh! Right Grace! I take back that Amerka is completely freaked-out.

Some obviously are - you proof the opposite!
thanx, that helps!

 veegez wrote:


Uh yeah, Neil Finn and Michael Stipe sound almost exactly alike. Right, right.

 

whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat...?

Now America is completely FREAKED out. Crowded house sound REM-ish, another dude wrote, but in a bad way?? SORRY??
Are you complete idiots? Sorry for the rough words. Let me quickly repeat them. ARE YOU FREAKED OUT COMPLETE IDIOTS??

CROWDED HOUSE are miles ahead of (often good) REM. And that means? Means the CH are the only legitimate followers or succesors of the great BEATLES!

If it weren´t so sad, I could smile
Crowded House are REM ´ish. Yeah - but only for Jackson-5 fans!
Unbelievable!


pushkinjim wrote:
REM - ish - in a bad sort of way!
Uh yeah, Neil Finn and Michael Stipe sound almost exactly alike. Right, right.
I'm enjoying this so much that I forgive them the deeply disturbing cover art....
REM - ish - in a bad sort of way!
Beatles-ish ... in a good way. :good-vibes:
i beg you for more crowded house. beg.
formersnowbug wrote:
When I was 14, my friend Geneva came with my parents and me to Dallas. She and I went to Six Flags. That night, after dark but long before closing, she and I were waiting in line for some roller coaster, and there were tv screens in each corner playing videos to entertain you as you waited. (And the wait for this particular ride was, like, an hour.) We were sitting on one side of the rail with our feet on the other when the video "Don't Dream It's Over" came on. We had spent most of our money, and we were young and free and girls. We were hot and tired and just sat there, waiting and listening. I don't think I've ever been more content in my whole life. For years, that song would instantly transport me to 1988, to Dallas. As I get older, and contentedness is harder and harder to come by, I've found that any song with his voice will do.
That was the best thing I've have read in several months. You really painted a picture with words and coupled with the song, created a place, a time, an event. That was art!
I am sorry now that I didn't like these guys much when they were big in the 80's. In part, that was because I am a horrible snob, and the one friend of mine who was into them had otherwise rotten taste in music, so I automatically assumed they sucked. My bad. Wendy, I stand corrected. Here's the crow - watch me eat it.
Frater_Kork wrote:
Is this entire album as great as the few songs I have heard from it?
Yes. Totally. And so is "Everyone is here" - the Finn Brothers' solo album.
Yes!!!!!!! Frater_Kork wrote:
Is this entire album as great as the few songs I have heard from it?
Is this entire album as great as the few songs I have heard from it?
Great song, great band!
formersnowbug wrote:
When I was 14, my friend Geneva came with my parents and me to Dallas. She and I went to Six Flags. That night, after dark but long before closing, she and I were waiting in line for some roller coaster, and there were tv screens in each corner playing videos to entertain you as you waited. (And the wait for this particular ride was, like, an hour.) We were sitting on one side of the rail with our feet on the other when the video "Don't Dream It's Over" came on. We had spent most of our money, and we were young and free and girls. We were hot and tired and just sat there, waiting and listening. I don't think I've ever been more content in my whole life. For years, that song would instantly transport me to 1988, to Dallas. As I get older, and contentedness is harder and harder to come by, I've found that any song with his voice will do.
One of the best posts I've ever read. And I can identify with precious moments like that.
I think this is one band that has no detractors, no negative comments. How refreshing. Guess we're all in agreement here
Thanks formersnowbug You have a way with words. I was right there with you!
somehow i conciously heard this song for the first time last week- and your comment hit such a emotional note of things that are so important to the music we like. thanks for story. formersnowbug wrote:
When I was 14, my friend Geneva came with my parents and me to Dallas. She and I went to Six Flags. That night, after dark but long before closing, she and I were waiting in line for some roller coaster, and there were tv screens in each corner playing videos to entertain you as you waited. (And the wait for this particular ride was, like, an hour.) We were sitting on one side of the rail with our feet on the other when the video "Don't Dream It's Over" came on. We had spent most of our money, and we were young and free and girls. We were hot and tired and just sat there, waiting and listening. I don't think I've ever been more content in my whole life. For years, that song would instantly transport me to 1988, to Dallas. As I get older, and contentedness is harder and harder to come by, I've found that any song with his voice will do.
i love crowded house :)
Sunman wrote:
OUTSTANDING. Very under rated band.
Agree Agree Agree Agree. Love this band, and a perfect follow-up to REM.
Welcome back Pineapple Head :crowded: Love ém!
OUTSTANDING. Very under rated band.
Musical Perfection and outstanding production. Need I say more!
Great story. formersnowbug wrote:
When I was 14, my friend Geneva came with my parents and me to Dallas. She and I went to Six Flags. That night, after dark but long before closing, she and I were waiting in line for some roller coaster, and there were tv screens in each corner playing videos to entertain you as you waited. (And the wait for this particular ride was, like, an hour.) We were sitting on one side of the rail with our feet on the other when the video "Don't Dream It's Over" came on. We had spent most of our money, and we were young and free and girls. We were hot and tired and just sat there, waiting and listening. I don't think I've ever been more content in my whole life. For years, that song would instantly transport me to 1988, to Dallas. As I get older, and contentedness is harder and harder to come by, I've found that any song with his voice will do.
Talk about the Passion then Pineapple Head. Perfection twice-in-a-row!
No one can infuse solid pop tunesmithery and superb musicianship with bona-fide psychedelic trippiness like Neil Finn can. And I agree with all the comments that say he is a top bloke...I saw CH on the Woodface tour in Boulder in fall of 91, and he and the rest of the boys (Paul Hester RIP) made us all feel like we were in their living room, with lots of jokes and fooling around, meanwhile blowing us away with that PERFECT sound that seemed nearly effortless for them to make. Give us more Neil, more CH anytime, Bill-san!
fcatalao wrote:
i'm not a huge fan of crouded house but i have seen them live in south africa and thought they were quite witty/funny on stage.
I saw them several times in the UK (I mean around 20!) and never, ever saw the same set twice. Always messing around with the songs, having a good time with the music and never too precious about it. A great band. I turned up without tix at one gig on the Woodface tour to find the show sold out, but hanging around I saw Neil Finn getting off the tour coach and dashed over to him to ask if he would give a shout out to a friend inside. He put me on the guest list! A top bloke.
nice run from steve earle on. try adding something by jolene
When I was 14, my friend Geneva came with my parents and me to Dallas. She and I went to Six Flags. That night, after dark but long before closing, she and I were waiting in line for some roller coaster, and there were tv screens in each corner playing videos to entertain you as you waited. (And the wait for this particular ride was, like, an hour.) We were sitting on one side of the rail with our feet on the other when the video "Don't Dream It's Over" came on. We had spent most of our money, and we were young and free and girls. We were hot and tired and just sat there, waiting and listening. I don't think I've ever been more content in my whole life. For years, that song would instantly transport me to 1988, to Dallas. As I get older, and contentedness is harder and harder to come by, I've found that any song with his voice will do.
ManchesterUK wrote:
Echo that. :-)
me three!!
i'm not a huge fan of crouded house but i have seen them live in south africa and thought they were quite witty/funny on stage.
moonbat wrote:
Neil Finn is one of the best songwriters EVAH. Love, love! :notworthy:
Echo that. :-)
Neil Finn is one of the best songwriters EVAH. Love, love! :notworthy:
Thea wrote:
"REM Lite." Huh. More like BETTER THAN REM, maybe. If that's what you mean.
I have since heard another song by them which I liked more. So they are growing on me.
"REM Lite." Huh. More like BETTER THAN REM, maybe. If that's what you mean.
meloman wrote:
Ahhh, from REM to "REM Lite."
Crowded House is 'REM Lite'? The thought never crossed my mind. I don't hear it, never have.
kazuma wrote:
I don't get it.
Well, let me explain. In my opinion, on this particular song, they seemed like a poorer, i.e. slighter, sketchier, shallower, inferior version of REM, thus my epithet "lite." Perhaps on other songs and CDs they have their own distinctive sound, but, unfortunately, I'm not familiar with their work.
meloman wrote:
Ahhh, from REM to "REM Lite."
I don't get it.
Ahhh, from REM to "REM Lite."
Greatness! Such rare talent.
Not breathtaking, but very worthwhile.
Darlington wrote:
Only one serious omission on it that is from their first CD - name of it escapes me right now.
There is a song from each album that was released as a single, yet failed to make the "Best Of". They are as follows: CROWDED HOUSE: "Now We're Getting Somewhere" TEMPLE OF LOW MEN: "Sister Madly" WOODFACE: "Chocolate Cake" TOGETHER ALONE: "Nails In My Feet" A case can also be made for "Recurring Dream". It was never issued as a single, but does lend its name to the title of the "Best Of". It can be found on the b-sides album AFTERGLOW (it originally appeared on several film soundtracks). I've also uploaded it to the Listener Review Channel. Maybe it will get added to the playlist. Or maybe it won't.
love the song. Neil Finn has said that he wrote it when his son was ill...his son had a fever and was babbling random phrases like "pineapple head" and "detective is flat". Neil, much to his wife's horror, left his son's bedside and ran off to write this song...
Another great tune!! I am loving RP tonight! :)
Darlington wrote:
Recurring Dream is one of the best, "greatest hits" CD's in my collection. Only one serious omission on it that is from their first CD - name of it escapes me right now. But other than that, its a real jem.
The songs from the first album not appearing on the greatest hits are Now We're Getting Somewhere, Love You Til The Day I Die, Cant Carry On, I Walk Away, Tombstone, and Thats What I Call Love. All cool songs but my favourite of the bunch is I Walk Away. Certainly wasn't a greatest hit, though...
jcs wrote:
After I heard Don't Dream It's Over, this song made me realize there was a lot more to Crowded House than one radio hit. Their studio albums are all quite good.
Recurring Dream is one of the best, "greatest hits" CD's in my collection. Only one serious omission on it that is from their first CD - name of it escapes me right now. But other than that, its a real jem.
very nice!
:clap: :sunny.gif:
drH wrote:
Oh, man. I love this song -- and the whole of Together Alone. It defines bittersweet.
Yes, indeed. Ms. Valois, are you listening? :ask:
After I heard Don't Dream It's Over, this song made me realize there was a lot more to Crowded House than one radio hit. Their studio albums are all quite good.
Crowded House 4 teh win. Great!
Oh, man. I love this song -- and the whole of Together Alone. It defines bittersweet.
Pyro wrote:
Beautiful! One of my favorite CH songs.
If there were ever a "beautiful" song, here it is.
Beautiful! One of my favorite CH songs.