Something So Strong

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"Something So Strong"
Single by Crowded House
from the album Crowded House
Released April 1987
Format Vinyl single
Recorded Capitol Recording Studios
Sunset Sound Factory, Los Angeles, 1986
Genre Pop Rock
Length 2:51
Label Capitol
CP 1945 (Australia)
Writer(s) Neil Finn & Mitchell Froom
Producer(s) Mitchell Froom
Crowded House singles chronology
"Don't Dream It's Over"
(1987)
"Something So Strong"
(1987)
"Better Be Home Soon"
(1988)

"Something So Strong" is a rock song written by Neil Finn and Mitchell Froom and performed by the band Crowded House for their eponymous debut album. It was released as the album's final single.[1] The song lends its title to the book Something So Strong by Australian biographer Chris Bourke, which catalogues the band's career from forming to just after their breakup in 1996. According to the book, "Something So Strong" was the first song written specifically for Crowded House, however while in the studio, producer Mitchell Froom and Finn reworked parts of the song and as such, Froom is listed as a co-writer of the song.[2] More recently, demos of this song have also been linked to the band Split Enz, from the 1984 See Ya 'Round period, potentially making the timeline earlier on this track.

The song is included in the CD "Flood Relief" reflecting the happening of the (Queensland) floods. As referenced, a sample of "Something So Strong" plays during a TV spot of Flood Relief.

Music video[edit]

A music video was produced to promote the single.[3]

Track listings[edit]

"Something So Strong" written by Neil Finn and Mitchell Froom. All other songs written by Finn.

Standard 7" vinyl single[edit]

Released in Australia, Japan, Netherlands, United States and United Kingdom.

  1. "Something So Strong" - 2:51
  2. "I Walk Away" - 3:05

US promotional single[edit]

Released on 7" and 12" vinyl.

  1. "Something So Strong" - 2:51

US 12" vinyl single[edit]

  1. "Something So Strong" - 2:51
  2. "Can't Carry On" - 3:57
  3. "I Walk Away" - 3:05

UK 12" vinyl single[edit]

  1. "Something So Strong"
  2. "Something So Strong" (live at King Biscuit Flower Hour, The Trocadero, Philadelphia, 24 March 1987)
  3. "I Walk Away"
  4. "Don't Dream It's Over" (live at The Roxy, Los Angeles, 26 February 1987)

Personnel[edit]

Studio recordings[edit]

Live performances[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

"Something So Strong" was the group's second North American hit, reaching #7 on the US Hot 100 Charts in July 1987 and achieving #18 in the group's local ARIA Charts. The single also reached #95 in the UK singles chart.

Release history[edit]

Region Date
United States April 1987
Australia May 1987

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Bailey, Marck; Comprehensive discography of Crowded House including track listings for all albums and singles. Released 28 March 1995. Retrieved 5 July 2007.
  2. ^ Bourke, Chris (1997). Crowded House: Something So Strong. Macmillan. ISBN 978-0-7329-0886-7. 
  3. ^ Video on YouTube

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