Tim Finn (album)

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Tim Finn
Studio album by Tim Finn
Released 1989
Genre Pop Music
Length 40:20
Label Capitol
Producer Mitchell Froom
Tim Finn chronology
Big Canoe
Tim Finn
Before & After
Singles from Tim Finn
  1. "How'm I Gonna Sleep"
    Released: 1989 (1989)
  2. "Crescendo"
    Released: 1989 (1989)
  3. "Not Even Close"
    Released: 1989 (1989)
  4. "Parihaka (featuring Herbs)"
    Released: 1989 (1989)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Tim Finn is the self-titled album by New Zealand singer/songwriter Tim Finn. After having little success with his previous album Big Canoe, Tim signed up with Capitol Records, for which he released 3 albums.

While much of Tim's fan base regards this album as his finest accomplishment, it went largely unnoticed outside of Australia and New Zealand.

After this album, Tim & younger brother Neil decided to record a Finn Brothers album. Crowded House drummer Paul Hester was present for the demo recordings of several tracks that were eventually incorporated (along with Tim himself) into the Crowded House album Woodface. This was Tim's second album with Capitol.

The 3rd album released on the Capitol label was Before & After.


On the Split Enz radio documentary Enzology, keyboardist Eddie Rayner reveals that the song Been There Done That had been around since the early 80s, along with a collection of other Tim Finn rarities that have never been released.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Tim Finn, except where noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "Young Mountain" (Finn, Mitchell Froom) 4:18
2. "Not Even Close"   4:19
3. "How'm I Gonna Sleep"   3:56
4. "Parihaka"   4:19
5. "Tears Inside"   4:04
6. "Birds Swim Fish Fly"   3:24
7. "Suicide on Downing St."   3:32
8. "Show a Little Mercy"   4:01
9. "Crescendo"   4:17
10. "Been There Done That"   4:06

Chart Performance[edit]

Albums Charts (1989) Peak position
Australia[2] #44
New Zealand[3] #8
Canada[4] #71
Singles Charts (1989) Peak position
How'm I Gonna Sleep #24 (AUS)
#2 (NZ)
#78 (CAN)
Parihaka #6 (NZ)
Crescendo #99 (AUS)
(1990) Peak position
Not Even Close #91 (CAN)


Other sleeve notes[edit]

  • Produced by Mitchell Froom
  • Recorded & Mixed by Tchad Blake
  • 2nd Engineer - Mike Kloster
  • Management: Gary Stamler, 2029 Century Park East, Suite 1500, Los Angeles, California 90067
  • A&R Direction: Tom Whalley
  • Recorded at Soundcastle, Sunset Sound Factory and Ocean Way Studios
  • Mastered at Masterdisc by Bob Ludwig
  • Thanks- Greta, Neil, Mitchell, Gary, Micki, Tom, Jeremy, and everyone at Capitol, the Finn family and everyone who helped make lean times fatter.
  • Art and Design: SHEd


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Kent, David. Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, N.S.W. (1993). ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  3. ^ "New Zealand Charts". Retrieved 2010-11-11. 
  4. ^ "RPM Canadian Charts". Retrieved 26 August 2013.