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Neil Finn

"Neil Mullane Finn" OBE (born May 27, 1958 in Te Awamutu, New Zealand) is a singer and songwriter and one of New Zealand's foremost musicians.


Finn attended school at Sacred Heart College (a Catholic boarding school), and at Te Awamutu College. He decided at the age of 12 to become a musician, and throughout school performed in prisons, hospitals, as well as at home gatherings.

In 1976, he formed a group known as After Hours (with Mark Hough, Geoff Chunn and Alan Brown). He finished school in 1977. Not long after the debut performance of After Hours, Neil was invited to London to join Split Enz, the band formed by his elder brother, Tim Finn.

By 1981, Neil was sharing lead-singer's duties in Split Enz. He wrote their first international hit "I Got You", and contributed significantly to all their later albums, briefly assuming leadership of the band after Tim left in 1983.


Split Enz broke up in 1984. Finn formed a new band called The Mullanes (Mullane being both his middle name and his mother's maiden name) with Split Enz drummer Paul Hester, guitarist Craig Hooper of The Reels and bassist Nick Seymour, younger brother of Hunters & Collectors leader M...

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