Photos: Karen Inderbitzen-Waller
Before we had Flight of the Conchords and Lord of the Rings, and we wanted to drop something a little more rock’n’roll than Sir Edmund Hillary (the man who first climbed Mount Everest) or Lord Rutherford (the man who first split the atom) or our highly progressive women’s suffrage movement; New Zealand’s communal claim to fame was Crowded House – the 80s/90s pop rock band that achieved worldwide fame following the release of their song Don’t Dream It’s Over. Started by his brother Neil, Tim Finn was a sometimes-member of Crowded House, joining the group in 1990 and touring with them for the next couple of years; not to mention a founding member of Split Enz, another storied Kiwi band. So with all that in mind, the man is New Zealand rock royalty.
Murray Crane has been a lifelong fan, and tipped him to star in the Crane Brothers Spring/Summer 2011 campaign. “As a 10 year old I still remember being captivated by his look and music on albums like Dizrhythmia so to have him wearing clothes I have designed and produced all these years later is a huge deal,” says Crane. “For me he epitomises the Crane Brothers customer present past and future.”
In other news, Finn is evidence that going grey needn’t be a cause of concern, which is great for me, because with my genes and the fact that about 8000 more greys seem to pop up everytime I look in the mirror, I’ll be at his level within five or so years. Something to look forward to.