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Crowded House - Better Be Home Soon (1988)

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"Better Be Home Soon" is a 1988 song written by Neil Finn and performed by rock band Crowded House. The song was released as ...

"Better Be Home Soon" is a 1988 song written by Neil Finn and performed by rock band Crowded House. The song was released as a single in June 1988 by Capitol Records. It performed modestly on the American charts, but managed to peak at number two on the Australian and New Zealand charts. The song appeared on the album Temple of Low Men, which was later released in July 1988. In 2001, and the song was voted by members of APRA as the 33rd best New Zealand song of the 20th century. In 2005, following drummer Paul Hester's death, Neil Finn performed the song solo at the ARIA Awards while a montage of Hester's life was played in the background.

Music video

Nick Seymour attempted to explain the concept of the video in a 1988 issue of Smash Hits. He likened it to the INXS video he worked on for Listen Like Thieves "only theirs was sort of macho." He called it a fun video with the Dickensian style clothes people were wearing. Seymour says it this way:

"Basically a film clip just makes people see things that the song's not really about. This song is definitely not about being in a theatre stuck out in the desert! It's about being home, how it's better being home.

The reason why Seymour was playing the double bass for the video was because "it just looks better".

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