Neil & Liam Finn lightsleeperWe led father/son duo Neil and Liam Finn into the vinyl section of JB Hi-Fi World Square (Sydney) to do a spot of vinyl shopping, ahead of the release of their new joint album Lightsleeper. The only rule was that they couldn’t buy for themselves – only each other.

NEIL choosing for Liam

Miles DavisMiles Davis, Ascenseur Pour L’échafaud (1958)

“I don’t know [this one] but that just seems appealing to me: Miles Davis is great, it’s got a great cover, it’s in French, it’s classy. And look, he’s playing his trumpet in that woman’s ear, that’s quite weird. I don’t know it, but it’s just the punt! Sometimes with records it’s worth the punt.”


Ween Pure GuavaWeen, Pure Guava (1992)

“Ooh, now he’ll like that. I think I bought this for him on CD. It’s a great record, it’s a classic! That’s a top selection. This is a pivotal moment, it’s come back around. Years later I’m buying the vinyl – being the cool dad that I should’ve been back then. Very, very good band, highly developed sense of humour, really interesting arrangements, and quite an influence for [Liam].”


The Beach Boys Pet SoundsThe Beach Boys, Pet Sounds (1966)

“This is one of those records you just have to have in your collection. Chockers full of brilliant music, and on vinyl it will sound spectacular. And, I love goats, as well. Some good goats on there.”


LIAM choosing for Neil

A Tribe Called Quest Midnight MaraudersA Tribe Called Quest, Midnight Marauders (1993)

“Dad probably listens to more hip hop than he ever did, because it’s kind of the only music that’s pushing the boundaries, in both of our opinions. I do think that he’d really enjoy that. It’s pretty good dinner music.”



Led Zeppelin IILed Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II (1969)

“That’s half for Mum as well. We just had a big birthday party for Mum and Dad, and our party band Stallion – who are the premiere Antipodean party band, well maybe worldwide actually, we’re not humble about how good we are – we took on Whole Lotta Love, and I think that was the pinnacle of our set. It was a euphoric moment for everyone involved.”


David Bowie Hunky DoryDavid Bowie, Hunky Dory (1971)

“That’s dad’s favourite Bowie record and I know he doesn’t have it, because it’s been a point of contention for a long time. We were all together when we found out the sad news of [Bowie’s] passing, so we did a huge Bowie night, and drank wine and danced all night. But the one [record] we didn’t have was this one. So that’s going to go down a treat.”

Bonus fatherly musings from Neil:
“[Liam’s] had his punk years, he’s had his metal years. Not going to encourage that. Urban grooves? Probably hasn’t quite got there yet. He’s got all the Ed Sheeran records so I won’t bother with them.”

Lightsleeper by Neil and Liam Finn is out August 24 via PIAS/Inertia.

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