Graham Reid | | 3 min read
Liam Finn started his career in the band betchadupa which astutely signed to Flying Nun rather than pursue a major label, and since then he has established himself as an increasingly interesting and musically curious writer and performer.
His album I'll Be Lightning of 2007 was an impressive piece of work -- and he now unveils a new album Fomo (the acronym of "fear of missing out") which again finds him pushing parameters . . . but also delivering shameless pop along some incendiary material.
The first piece of music which really
affected you was . . .
Billy Idol - White Wedding. I used to play drums on my pillows to this song, one of my earliest memories.
Your first (possibly embarrassing) role models in music were . . .
Lennon or Jagger, Ramones or Nirvana,
Madonna or Gaga, Jacko or Jay-Z?
Lennon, Nirvana, Madonna, Jacko
If music was denied you, your other
career choice would be . . .
Probably a male model
The three songs (yours, or by others)
you would love everyone to hear are . . .
Tonetta - Viral; The Animals- Inside Looking Out; Can - Vitamin C
Any interesting, valuable or just plain
strange musical memorabilia at home?
Got some sweet Slayer rolling papers
The best book on music or musicians you
have read is . . .
Shakey, the Neil Young biography
If you could get on stage with anyone
it would be . . . (And you would play?)
Neil Young - and we would play Cowgirl
in the Sand and keep it going for at least half an hour.
The three films you'd insist anybody
watch because they might understand you better are . . .
Harold and Maude, Ghostbusters and Mary
The last CD or vinyl album you bought
was . . . (And your most recent downloads include . . .)
The Luyas Too Beautiful To Work, and last download Fleetwood Mac, Tusk
One song, royalties for life, never
have to work again. The song by anyone, yourself included, which
wouldn't embarrass you in that case would be . . .
The poster, album cover or piece of art
could you live with on your bedroom forever would be . . .
Michael Jackson, BAD
You are allowed just one tattoo, and it
is of . . .
David Bowie sang, “Five years, that's
all we've got . . .” You would spend them where, doing . . .?
To be honest I think I'd just keep
making music and travel around performing. That's what makes me
And finally, in the nature of press
conferences in Japan, “Can you tell me please why this is your best
It was a big mountain to climb but once
I got to the summit the view was superb and the trip back down was
exhilarating and orgasmic.