Friday, December 15, 2023

Neil Finn plays Neil Hamburger

Neil Hamburger is an American comedian (real name Gregg Turkington). Wasn't very familiair with Hamburger, but if Brooklyn Vegan posts about him and his new album, I guess he has a reputation. I've listened to some of his material, and my impresson is that if anti-comedy like Lenny Bruce or Andy Kaufman is your thing, you very much enjoy Hamburgers work. By the way, it's the second time this year mr Hamburger pops up on this blog, you can hear him sing (cough) with Canned Hamm about a debauched office Christmas party in THIS post.

This year, NH released Seasonal Depression Suite, an 'album-based musical, sung by an all-star cast whose voices embody various guests stuck in a perfectly average chain-hotel, wallowing in self-pity and paranoia, re-living personal catastrophes both real and imagined, or simply trying to use the hotel vending machine.'
That all-star cast includes Annabella Lwin (of Bow Wow Wow fame), Frank Sinatra's granddaughter A.J. Lambert, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy and Puddles Pity Party (a fellow comedian, and one of the vocalists on Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox project). And none other than Crowded House-frontman Neil Finn.

Finn sings the only (to me) real Christmas song on the album, a short, down & out at the bar-ballad 'Here Comes the Season Again': Here comes the gloom again/Those Christmas tunes again/Will they ever have new ones for the kids to embrace as theirs?/Here comes the season again. Think Dougie Poole.
That song, that I really like (do listen to The March too), is on the streaming services, but not available to share on Bandcamp, alas.