Ed O'Brien Phil Selway

Neil Finn Live Album To Feature Johnny Marr, Radiohead

Neil Finn has announced details of a forthcoming live album which will feature, among others, Johnny Marr and Radiohead’s Phil Selway and Ed O’Brien.

The album, entitled 7 Worlds Collide, will be available on CD and DVD from 12 November. It was recorded at Neil’s ‘residency’ at St. James’ Theatre in Auckland between 2 and 6 April 2001. Neil’s band for the stint comprised Johnny Marr, Eddie Vedder, Radiohead’s Phil Selway and Ed O’Brien, Neil’s brother Tim and Lisa Germano. Liam Finn, Neil’s son, also appears.

Featured on the album are classic Crowded House tracks (Weather With You and Don’t Dream It’s Over as well as a cover of the Smiths’ There Is A Light That Will Never Go Out.

Amnesiac Radiohead

Johnny Marr on Radiohead

There is an interview with Johnny Marr from last month’s Rock’s Back Pages in which Marr mentioned Radiohead:

RBP: Post-Britpop, what evidence do you see of The Smiths’ continuing influence on pop music? Radiohead’s ‘Knives Out’, for instance, has frequently been described as “Smithsy”.

JM: Well, I must say that the band that’s come closest to the genuine influence of The Smiths is Radiohead. A lot of it’s to do with the way Thom Yorke pitches his emotions in his voice. I mean, Gene ? forget it! Talk about grabbing the shadow and missing the substance. The first time I met Ed O’Brien, he sat me down with a certain amount of trepidation and played me ‘Knives Out’. And the music did touch me in the same way The Smiths did, and it was a wonderful feeling. And I can’t do that anymore, because it’s like dressing up in your own clothes, but there’s still a part of me that reacts to that sort of emotional quality and that sort of melodicism.