May 14, 2007
Is Crowded House an Australian band or a New Zealand band.
It turns out the answer is: wrong question!
This recently from Neil Finn:
I have never said that Crowded House was an Australian or a New Zealand band. Fact is, we were from both countries, but either way I don’t believe it matters where we we’re from, it’s only the music that counts and you either like it or you don’t. These are trivial matters but I mention them because some in New Zealand spend too much time worrying about Australia. If they take credit for some of our stuff it’s not that big a deal. We should be calmly confident enough not to care. And anyway, they don’t spend any time worrying about us.
I like the idea of calm confidence.
But I guess it depends: do you want to be great or be seen to be great?