CROWDED HOUSE were like the biggest band of the 90s – every radio station, every advert, you’d hear them singing their little hearts out. “Everywhere you go, you always take the weather with you” – and if you’re Scottish, you felt those words in your heart.
They played their last ever gig to about a million people at Sydney Opera House – now that’s a goodbye… so when they announced they were to reform, they wanted a similarly momentous setting to say G’day again… and they chose the Outsider festival in Aviemore. Nope, we’d never heard of it either. And we only live down the road.
But who cares? We bought our tickets the day we heard about it (£25 to see the mighty House – bargain!) in spite of it being some teuchter hippy festival. Undeterred, we’re going to let our trusty VW Golf stamp our carbon footprints all the way up to the Highlands on June 24. The organisers even suggest folk should share their car with strangers to be more green-friendly. HELLO? Have you seen Fargo? The guy ends up in a chopping machine with his ankles hanging out – no hitch-hikers for us, thankyouverymuch. Ya.
Anyway, as a taster for the festival (which, by the way, also includes KT Tunstall and Roddy Hart… more on the Rodster coming soon on The Pop Cop) here is Crowded House playing Distant Sun live at their Farewell to the World gig at the Sydney Opera House in 1996. You can practically smell that shrimp on the barbie.