Neil Finn Profile

Chris Bourke
Published: 4 Mar 2014
Updated: 10 Apr 2018

A songwriter’s songwriter and meticulous craftsman, Neil Finn has been such a dominant figure in New Zealand music that his biggest hits are heard daily in supermarkets and when telephoning government departments.

His reputation was built on classic songs such as ‘I Got You’, ‘Message To My Girl’, ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’ and ‘Better Be Home Soon’. But to some, his music is the sound of pop orthodoxy, reliable and old-school. 

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Neil on stage with Pajama Club, 2011
Neil Finn with Australian publisher and APRA board member Ian James and Prime Minister Helen Clark at the 2001 APRA Silver Scrolls, Auckland
Sean Donnelly, Sharon Finn, Neil Finn and Alana Skyring - Pajama Club, who released an album in 2011
Neil Finn in NZ Listener, 1991
Neil Finn and Phil Warren (grinning from behind) at the 1999 APRA Silver Scrolls
Neil Finn, 1998
Photo credit: Photo by Zoran Gold
Neil Finn - Can You Hear Us
Neil Finn's first appearance as a member of Fleetwood Mac - The Chain (2018)
Backstage at the 1996 ENZSO gig in Auckland - Dave Dobbyn, Sam Hunt, Eddie Rayner and Neil Finn
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
Neil Finn - Four Seasons In One Day live session June 6, 1998
Neil Finn - Dizzy Heights
Pajama Club - She Belongs To Me live acoustic
Pajama Club - Sean Donnelly, Sharon Finn, Neil Finn and Alana Skyring
Wayne Mason, Neil Finn and Dave Dobbyn, APRA Silver Scrolls, 2001
The Finn Brothers US tour, 2004
Neil Finn - Faster Than Light (live: Sessions at West 54th, 1998)
Neil Finn - Sinner
Neil Finn, 2014
Neil Finn - Rest Of The Day Off
Pajama Club - TNT For Two remix by Connan Mockasin
The 2001 NZ Orientation tour poster
Photo credit: Koji Kumada Collection
More Than One of You - from 'Out of Silence', 2017
Neil Finn - She Will Have Her Way
Neil Finn - Flying In The Face Of Love (2014)
Neil Finn - Better Be Home Soon (live at Aria Awards, 2005)
Pajama Club - Sean Donnelly, Neil Finn, Sharon Finn, and Alana Skyring
Shona Laing hands Neil Finn the 2001 APRA Silver Scroll for Turn And Run
Enz days - Neil with the Minister of Broadcasting, Warren Cooper, 1981
The Sun Came Out documentary, New Zealand January 2009
Neil Finn with Shona Laing, with Neil having just won the 2001 APRA Silver Scroll
Neil Finn in the Civic Theatre, Auckland, 2001
Photo credit: Photo by Karin Catt
Neil taking a break from the mic at the 1996 ENZSO gig in Auckland - Dave Dobbyn, Neil Finn, Annie Crummer, Tim Finn
The brothers Finn, early 2000s
Pajama Club - Tell Me What You Want (2011)
Neil Finn - Wherever You Are (live in London 2001)
Neil Finn is awarded a BMI certificate for 1 million plays of Something So Strong in the US - Mike Chunn, Neil Finn, then-manager Grant Thomas, unknown
Neil Finn - Divebomber
After Hours circa 1976 with Neil Finn second from right and Mark "Buster Stiggs" Hough on the left, and Gray Nichol on the right. 
Photo credit: Buster Stiggs collection
Homegrown Profiles: The Finns (2005)
Neil Finn - Lights of New York
A 2001 Parlophone publicity shot
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Smith
After Hours in 1976 - Mark "Buster Stiggs" Hough and Neil Finn
Photo credit: Buster Stiggs collection
Neil with the 2001 APRA Silver Scroll for Turn And Run
A UK publicity shot, taken in 1998
Photo credit: Photo by Zoran Gold
Pajama Club - Tell Me What You Want
Neil Finn live - Dizzy Heights webcast, November 1, 2013
Pajama Club - Track By Track
Neil Finn with APRA's Petrina George, mid-90s
Neil Finn | RFB Real Talk Interview
Live At The House: Neil Finn and Paul Kelly
Neil Finn, 2014
Neil Finn - Hole In The Ice
Labels:

Capitol Records


Parlophone


Lester Records