Thursday, February 20, 1992

Crowded House “Weather with You” charted

Weather with You

Crowded House

Writer(s): Neil Finn, Tim Finn (see lyrics here)

Released: February 17, 1992

First Charted: February 20, 1992

Peak: 7 UK, 34 CN, 27 AU, 3 DF (Click for codes to charts.)

Sales (in millions): -- US, 0.4 UK

Airplay/Streaming (in millions): -- radio, 14.0 video, 197.28 streaming


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About the Song:

In 1977, Neil Finn joined Split Enz, the New Zealand-based new wave group which was led by his brother Tim. They reached their peak commercially with 1980’s “I Got You,” which was written and sung by Neil. When the group broke up in 1984, Neil and Split Enz drummer Paul Hester formed Crowded House. The group found success with their self-titled debum and its top-10 hits “Don’t Dream It’s Over” and “Something So Strong.”

The follow-up album, Temple of Low Men, failed to generate any top-40 hits in the U.S., although singles “Better Be Home Soon” and “Into Temptation” were more than worthy. When it came time to record their third album, Neil experienced chronic writer’s block and turned to his brother Tim for help. TC Tim ended up joining the band, infusing the subsequent Woodface album with a welcome dose of quirkiness.

The brothers penned most of the album’s songs together. “Weather with You,” the fourth single from the album, showcased the Finns at their best. They tended to “write sweet songs that generally disguise enormous turmoil” TC and “Weather with You” proved to be a perfect representation of one of their “dark and deeply personal songs.” TC Neil said, “the theme of the song is…that you are creating your own weather, you are making your own environment.” WK

Tim initiated the song with the opening chords and the lyric “Walking round the room singing ‘Stormy Weather.’” Neil responded with the line “at 57 Mount Pleasant Street.” As Tim said, now “We had this place and we had this feeling of some guy walking around singing ‘Story Weather’ so things weren’t that great. We had a mood and then Neil came up with, ‘Things ain’t cookin’ in my kitchen.’” TC Tim thought it might end up being the chorus until they came up with the line “always take the weather with you.” TC Tim also praised his brother’s guitar as “one of the most memorable parts of the song.” TC


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