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Album: Intriguer (2010)
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Songfacts®:

  • This is the opening track and first single from Australian alternative pop group Crowded House's sixth studio album, Intriguer. The album title was inspired by a shadowy figure seen behind curtains at a Sydney hotel by front man Neil Finn and Australian artist/cartoonist Michael Leunig in 2001.
  • The rousing opener is one of several songs on the record that were first debuted at a gig at The Leigh Sawmil, north of Auckland in February 2008. The tune was worked over on the road and was awash with guitars until mix day when according to the band's website, Neil Finn "went to town with a korg microsynth, a gift from a friend that arrived that day."
  • Neil Finn discussed his song writing in an interview with Spinner UK: "I have a tendency to chip away at songs. I love that process of keeping something up in the air as long as possible. I think you end up with a better song at the end. There's a chance you overcook them, but I've got used to the idea that a great song is part inspiration, part loving force of will, determination and struggle.
    It's a craft, but I've always thought of craft as a self-satisfied word. To me, it's far more primitive than that. The moments of greatness are nothing to do with craft, it's do with instinct. A good line might pop into your head when you've been looking for a second verse, and you've have a flash of inspiration. You wouldn't get there without the struggle, so it's about leaving yourself open to ideas.
    I can talk about this forever, but writing songs will always be a mystery. If I knew how I wrote a classic song, I would do it every day, and I can't. Luckily for me, not many other people know how to do it either."

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