Distant Sun

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"Distant Sun"
Distant Sun.jpg
Single by Crowded House
from the album Together Alone
ReleasedSeptember 1993
GenrePop rock
Songwriter(s)Neil Finn
Crowded House singles chronology
"It's Only Natural"
"Distant Sun"
"Nails in My Feet"
Audio sample
Alternative cover
Cover for Disc Two
Cover for Disc Two

"Distant Sun" About this soundSample  is a 1993 song by Australian band Crowded House. It was the first single released from the group's fourth studio album Together Alone. The song gave the band another top-twenty hit in the United Kingdom, peaking at number 19, but fell shy of the mark in Australia at number 23. It was also a top-five hit in Canada and New Zealand, reaching numbers four and five respectively. In March 1994, a remixed version of "Distant Sun" was released in the United States, reaching number 26 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart. The regular mix was not released as a single in the US and was only available on the album.

In 2005, a tribute album was created featuring a collection of Neil and Tim Finn's songs reinterpreted by female singers as the album She Will Have Her Way. "Distant Sun" was performed by multi-platinum New Zealand artist Brooke Fraser. Fraser's version was mostly similar to the original version, but the key was changed to suit her voice and she omitted the line "Like a Christian fearing vengeance from above" as she is a Christian, and herself fears said vengeance.

A live version of the song was included on the single for "Locked Out," a song also from Together Alone. This version was recorded at Hammersmith Apollo, England on 12 November 1993.

Track listings[edit]

As the lead single for the album Together Alone, "Distant Sun" was released in various versions internationally. All songs, including B-sides, written by Neil Finn unless otherwise noted.[1]

UK CD Single All Live tracks recorded at The Roxy, Los Angeles, 26 February 1987. "Distant Sun" and "Walking on the Spot" are from the Together Alone album.

Disc one

  1. "Distant Sun" - 3:51
  2. "This Is Massive" (Paul Hester) - 3:55 (Live)
  3. "When You Come" - 6:16 (Live)

Disc two

  1. "Distant Sun" - 3:51
  2. "Walking on the Spot" - 2:54
  3. "Throw Your Arms Around Me" (Hunters & Collectors cover; Written by Mark Seymour) - 3:54 (Live)
  4. "One Step Ahead" - 3:52 (Live)

Holland CD Single Released September 1993.

  1. "Distant Sun"
  2. "Don't Dream It's Over" (live at the King Biscuit Flower Hour, 24 March 1987)

Netherlands CD Single All B-sides recorded live at The Roxy, Los Angeles, 26 February 1987 except "Walking on the Spot" which is the Together Alone album version. Released September 1993.

  1. "Distant Sun" - 3:51
  2. "Walking on the Spot" - 2:54
  3. "Throw Your Arms Around Me" (Hunters & Collectors cover; Written by Seymour, Archer, Crosby, Falconer, Howard, Miles, Waters) - 3:54 (Live)
  4. "One Step Ahead" - 3:52 (Live)

Australian CD Single All live tracks recorded at The Town & Country Club, London on 9 and 10 November 1991. Released September 1993 and re-released in 1994.

  1. "Distant Sun" - 3:50
  2. "Walking on the Spot" (live) - 2:55
  3. "When You Come" (live) - 6:23
  4. "Skin Feeling" (Hester) - 3:56
  5. "Weather with You" (live) - 5:26

US Promotional CD Single Released March 1994.

  1. "Distant Sun" (Remix version) - 3:45

US Promotional Vinyl Single Released March 1994. Contained label "For Jukeboxes Only" on the cover. "Walking on the Spot" is the regular album version.

  1. "Distant Sun" (Remix version) - 3:45
  2. "Walking on the Spot" - 2:55

US Regular Single Live tracks recorded at Munich, Germany, 12 December 1993. Released March 1994 as cassette and CD single.

  1. "Distant Sun" (Remix version) - 3:45
  2. "Pineapple Head" - 3:54 (live)
  3. "Locked Out" - 3:38 (live)



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