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|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
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Brian Timothy Finn, 25 June 1952, Te Awamutu, New Zealand. As lead singer of the New Zealand band Split Enz, Finn was soon recognized as a major songwriter and vocalist with a very distinctive singing voice. Even before his departure from the band in 1985, he had recorded his first solo album, Escapade, distributed worldwide by A&M Records, which became the Top Album of 1983 in Australia. It featured the singles, Fraction Too Much Friction, Made My Day and Staring At The Embers, all excellent melodic pop tunes. The set also made a minor impact on the US charts. However, despite a high budget and more emphasis on production, his follow-up albums were not internationally successful. Moving from A&M to Virgin Records in 1985, Finn released Big Canoe, but the concentration on production buried his songs under layers of sound and the melodies were lost.
A move to Capitol Records resulted in a critically...