Like the Jesus & Mary Chain, Crowded House got their “unofficial” reunion show out of the way at Glass House on 4/27, where they joked about expecting a hostile crowd of mainly Rage reunion seekers. Prescient thought, ’cause despite taking the Coachella Stage a full three hours before RATM’s headlining set, the crowd was NOTHING but Zach and Morello fans. Nothing. And as they joked at Glass House, the kids were gonna be in the mood to throw things.



Felt bad for the Brothers Finn; their obvious enthusiasm on stage (this was their big reunion show, after all) was met with utter indifference from the dehydrated and impatient crowd. Worse yet, from our vantage point, it didn’t quite seem like Crowded House understood just how much of the audience wanted them off immediately (i.e. 100%).

When the opening guitar of their smash “Don’t Dream It’s Over” rung out, we looked around, frantically; would any of these kids respond, even in passing recognition of the tune? And they responded alright. With a water bottle straight to Neil Finn’s head! What followed just compounded Neil’s embarrassment: He was rattled, the band audibly contemplated aborting the song, but Finn felt for sure he could rely, at least during this one song, on the crowd picking up the slack by singing along. “It’s alright, everybody! Come on!” Neil waved the crowd on to sing the legendary hook.

And … nothing. By this point we were far back into the crowd, and you had to be there to appreciate just how thunderous this silence was.

Absolutely the most embarrassing moment of the fest. But for closure’s sake, and to bury the dagger deeper in the Finns’ chest, toward set’s end Crowded House said, “Soon Rage will be on” — and the otherwise silent crowd roared to life. Coachella, ya might not wanna book two such disparate reunions so close together next time. But it’d take more than bottle-wielding Rage fans to stop us from singing along to “Something So Strong,” even if our friends had a little fun changing the hook to “…could hit me in the face.”



Comments (91)
  1. annie onymous  |   Posted on May 1st, 2007 0

    thats too bad. i quite like crowded house.

  2. Mark Swiderski  |   Posted on May 1st, 2007 0

    Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan in the crowd? Crowd full of bottle throwing mooks who probably own multiple Limp Bizkit albums?

    All signs point to Coachella jumping the shark. It’s a shame.

  3. Crowded House isn’t my favorite, but they don’t deserve that kind of treatment. What was Coachella thinking when they booked them, anyway?

  4. steven  |   Posted on May 1st, 2007 0

    The inevitable march toward lameness: Lollapalooza, now Coachella (strange that such a political band like Rage attracts a 97% meathead fanbase). Can’t wait for Pitchfork Festival 2010 when a reunited Limp Bizkit plays three hours after a reunited Stone Roses, and Ian Brown has to cut the set short after being shot 27 times by Limp Bizkit fans.

  5. Coachella2  |   Posted on May 1st, 2007 0

    uh were there 2 Coachellas?

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=pmBiFQvZb84

    crowd seems pretty into it not in full hate mode; i didnt watch the House, who played at almost the same time as Lily Allen which probably had something to do with it too

  6. jon.  |   Posted on May 1st, 2007 0

    its not the band i hate its their fans….
    sloan.

  7. samantha  |   Posted on May 1st, 2007 0

    that vid’s pretty far back, but that song was later in the set. i see something like 100 hands in the air, out of a couple of thousand? that sounds about right. the schedule could have been done better, crowded house didn’t deserve those dickish, bottle chucking fans. i sang at the top of my lungs during ‘don’t dream it’s over,’ which was embarrassing because nobody sang with me. but it was worth it!

  8. Tony G  |   Posted on May 1st, 2007 -1

    RATM fans are nothing but Communist assholes. Fuck them.

  9. dan b  |   Posted on May 1st, 2007 0

    man, fuck all that. i hate that sort of idiotic fanboy-ism.

    now if that had been panic at the disco onstage…

  10. Colin`  |   Posted on May 1st, 2007 0

    man, that’s crass. i really like Rage, but so many kids are in it for the agression, not the message. it’s too bad no one could get down for Crowded House, becuase it’s no doubt they’re great musicians at what they do.

  11. I’ve always thought RATM sucked. Apparently, their fans do also. I don’t know why it’s such a shock that so many of their fans would be Limp Bizkit style frat boy douchebags. RATM is one of the pioneers of the unholy alliance between well crafted rock and ridiculously subpar rhymes. I imagine people that listen to that type of stuff probably travel in packs. Huge, bottle throwing, women raping packs.

  12. KingHater  |   Posted on May 1st, 2007 0

    A example of excellent programming on the part of the festival.

  13. dsven  |   Posted on May 1st, 2007 0

    I bet that wouldn’t have happened if Audioslave headlined!

    Seriously, too bad for CH. They deserved a better reception than that. But sensitive, well-crafted melodic pop as a lead-in to aggressive, anarchistic (in a conformist, frat-boy type of way) nu-Metal-Rap -Rock really was a disaster waiting to happen.

  14. Great take and great post, dudes. This is EXACTLY the kind of thing that I come to Stereogum everyday looking to find. Rage sucks.

  15. shane (the other one)  |   Posted on May 1st, 2007 0

    rage has played coachella before. no sharks jumped.

    how can it be lame to see jesus and mary chain, or bjork, or cornelius? the list goes on.

    one band does not a coachella make.

  16. That’s actually not the Finn brothers. Tim wasn’t there and isn’t playing with Crowded House this go-around. He’s got his own solo album coming out.

  17. jed2  |   Posted on May 1st, 2007 0

    I blame niche marketing for this. This wouldn’t have happened in the 60s, because the audience was just one big subcultural mush, not a bunch of little duchies convinced of the “realness” of their particular invented suburban culture. But you can move a lot more product if people really think it’s made for them personally.

  18. Alec  |   Posted on May 1st, 2007 0

    BROchella

  19. Donald  |   Posted on May 1st, 2007 0

    The crowd was not silent! Almost everyone was singing around me.

  20. Very shameful behavior. I don’t care for Crowded House, and didn’t see them, but I am sure they did not deserve that treatment. Just because you aren’t into something doesn’t mean they are inherently awful and deserve to be bottled.

  21. > The crowd was not silent!

    Guess it depended on where you were standing? I was up front for a few songs and heard nothing but “We want Rage!” chants (Finn replied “They’re coming soon…”) — AND I took a wayward water bottle to the back (which felt refreshing after it opened up and soaked me). Moved deeper into the crowd for “Don’t Dream It’s Over,” and the bottle-smack/botched sing along made me wince in empathy. But they held it well. And as the Glass House vid showed, at least they knew it was coming!

  22. Stac  |   Posted on May 1st, 2007 0

    plain and simple Coachella festival was star studded. there are still a ton of summer festivals that will be packed with celebs. here is a list of what’s left.

    http://collegecandy.com/2007/05/01/this-summers-gonna-rock-and-my-brother-can-go-to-hell/

  23. Crowded House, Modest Mouse, Schmowded Schmouse. STOP RHYMING WITH GROUSE!

  24. zank  |   Posted on May 1st, 2007 0

    Listening to the soundboard mix audio on the streaming webcast, there were plenty of cheers for the Crowdies, but it was clear that there were a core of Rage fans at the front of the stage (chanting Rage! Rage! Rage! ad nauseum). And chucking bottles. Agreed CH were probably at the wrong stage at the wrong time, but still.

    I rather presume that none of those chanting, bottle-chucking, unable-to-grap-the-irony-of-their-behaviour RATM fans are likely to be changing the world in any sort of positive way in the near future.

  25. Ellison G. G. Ellensburg  |   Posted on May 1st, 2007 0

    The Retards Against the Machine were also spouting their half-assed political views, which are always good for a laugh. This time it was that every US Administration that the Retards don’t like (I think they said, every one since Truman) should be “shot.” Nothing like advocating assassination and murder to get a “Hell yeah!” from the frat boys and Che chicks! Bunch of arrogant twats.

  26. Matthew  |   Posted on May 1st, 2007 0

    I invoke the spirit of the Refreshments!

    “Everybody knows that the world is full of stupid people…”

  27. Mando  |   Posted on May 1st, 2007 0

    Don’t blame Rage if dumb frat dudes go all in for the aggression and ignore the message. But you can’t have Rage without the RAGE. If it were up to me all those Bros would be shot as well, please don’t paint all their fans with the same brush.

    Oh and Ellison, the biggest most arrogant twat here is you.

  28. Mando  |   Posted on May 1st, 2007 0

    Don’t blame Rage if dumb frat dudes go all in for the aggression and ignore the message. But you can’t have Rage without the RAGE. If it were up to me all those Bros would be shot as well, please don’t paint all their fans with the same brush.

    Oh and Ellison, the biggest most arrogant twat here is you.

  29. Christopher  |   Posted on May 1st, 2007 0

    From the webcast perspective, you could tell (especially on “Don’t Dream”) that Neil was a bit unhappy to be overshadowed and unappreciated. Poor guys, it was a great set otherwise.

  30. Mahindra & Mahindra  |   Posted on May 1st, 2007 0

    “unable-to-grap-the-irony-of-their-behaviour RATM fans”

    Their behavior (note proper spelling) was detestable, but how was it ironic?

  31. Big D  |   Posted on May 1st, 2007 0

    Nice job pairing up crowded house and RATM, that would be like Simon & Garfunkel playing right before Black Sabbath.

    What a hoot!!

  32. fatso  |   Posted on May 1st, 2007 0

    oh my… that breaks my heart. neil finn is truly one of the great pop songwriters. i had no idea crowded house were even reuniting until i read the coachella line-up. would have killed to be there, just to see them.

  33. JohnnyCritic  |   Posted on May 1st, 2007 0

    To diss a band as important as Rage Against the Machine simply because some of their fans act in an undeniably stupid manner is ridiculous.
    I hate Limp Bizkit and the legions of nu-metal-rap metal bands that (poorly) attempted to cash in on Rage’s sound. Remember, when Rage first appeared, there was no other band putting heavy riffs together with political lyrics sung by a hip hop vocalist (except Anthrax and Public Enemy’s ‘Bring the Noise,’ but that was a one off.)
    Give Rage the credit they deserve, even if you don’t care for the music. At least they’re saying something socially important with their music.

  34. Boo. count me among the CH/Finn fans who are disheartened by this.

  35. Elliot  |   Posted on May 1st, 2007 0

    Aw man that’s horrible. Crowded House isn’t my favorite band, but they were one of the best from their decade. I think it was a dumb move to have them play right before Rage though. They’re…two completely different bands.

  36. John S  |   Posted on May 1st, 2007 0

    I invoke the spirit of Smashing Pumpkins:

    Despite all their rage, they’re still just rats in a cage.

    On an unrelated note, I will personally pay full price for five copies by any band of any CD titled “Frat Boys and Che Chicks.” Seriously. Do it and I will pay for it.

  37. >BROchella

    rofl

  38. Harvey  |   Posted on May 1st, 2007 0

    I wanna publish zines and rage against Rage Against The Machine

  39. Oz  |   Posted on May 1st, 2007 0

    I was up front for the first two sets of the day on the main stage on Sunday (Mika and Lupe Fiasco), and there were already Rage fans preventing people from getting too close. My friend and I were debating which band these fans would hate most that they were “forced” to sit through…We figured Manu Chao, but I suppose CH was bad too. Weak sauce.

    About 1 in 6 attendees wore a Rage shirt at one point in the weekend.

  40. V for Vitriol  |   Posted on May 1st, 2007 -1

    Wow, 1 in 6 wore Rage t-shirts? That’s the SAME ratio of retards to the general population.

  41. Bad Beehayveeyur  |   Posted on May 1st, 2007 0

    Mahindra & Mahindra. Behavior = U.S spelling, Behaviour = U.K spelling. Me = who gives a shit if someone spells a word incorrectly. I know this is a U.S site but it inevitably has a multinational audience. I’m gonna spell it Behayveeyur and you’re just gonna have to suffer it.

  42. annie onymous  |   Posted on May 1st, 2007 0

    “My friend and I were debating which band these fans would hate most that they were “forced” to sit through…We figured Manu Chao, but I suppose CH was bad too. Weak sauce.”

    i would have guessed theyd shank mika.

  43. it’s obvious that crowded house should have been on the outdoor stage.

  44. Vyral  |   Posted on May 1st, 2007 0

    Matt Sherrod is a great drummer!

  45. Uggggh!!!!  |   Posted on May 1st, 2007 0

    Wow! The pretentiousness of those posting on this page is 100% more annoying than any Rage fans. Get over it and cry else where.

  46. Uggggh!!!!  |   Posted on May 1st, 2007 0

    Wow! The pretentiousness of those posting on this page is 100% more annoying than any Rage fans. Get over it and cry else where.

  47. zank  |   Posted on May 1st, 2007 0

    Mahindra(s):

    As noted, “behaviour” is just fine in most English-speaking parts of the world – Don’t rush to judge, lest you embarass yourself with your parochial views.

    As for irony, I find it somehwat ironic that a bunch of RATM fans would act like jerks in their impatience to hear songs of righteous anger ostensibly in service of goals of respect and inclusion. I guess they forgot about the respect and inclusion part. I also find it deeply ironic hearing about 60,000 fans singing in unison the lyrics to songs about non-conformity. Clearly it is time for a reissue of the Life of Brian.

  48. tk  |   Posted on May 1st, 2007 0

    i liked RATM up until the first time someone said “i love lifting to that shit!”

  49. Crowded House reuniting was mind-boggling enough, scheduling them before Rage was a really weird decision.

    Manu Chao, on the other hand, seemed like as great a fit as anyone else at the festival, for a RATM warm up. Loud, energetic, political, and awesome.

  50. you got me in a state of rage  |   Posted on May 1st, 2007 0

    apparently half a sandwich made its way onto the stage as well.

    last year there were t-shirts that said “madonna killed coachella”. i think substituting “rage” would have been entirely way too appropiate this year.

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