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Jack Frost was going to include Neil Finn and Paul Kelly Print E-mail
Thursday, 06 March 2014

Grant McLennan conceived Jack Frost as a four-man supergroup, according to this interview, originally published at this link



Neil Finn has gone creative on his new album, with a maverick producer in tow.

The way Steve Kilbey tells it, Jack Frost was planned as a million-dollar quartet. With the Church and the Go-Betweens on hiatus in 1989, Grant McLennan's idea was for the pair to form a songwriters' supergroup.

The other two kingpins were meant to be Paul Kelly and Neil Finn, Kilbey reveals in a new book titled Rock Country, edited by Melbourne music fan Christian Ryan (Hardie Grant).

When they bumped into Kelly in Kings Cross one night, however, they found him to be ''very neutral'' about the idea. ''That's when Grant said: 'Don't worry about them. We'll just have you and me','' Kilbey's story goes.

Twenty-five years on, Neil Finn listens to this with an expression of delight; a soundless laugh welling and a twinkle of wild imagination in his eye.

''That's the first I've ever heard of it!'' he says. ''It's a bit late now, but it's a fine idea from a songwriting point of view. God, we could have made a record three times a year! Three songs each, a little help on the lyrics … what a blessing that would be.''

He adds a footnote about the potential perils of such a collaboration, both chemical and ego-related. But danger, in a creative sense, has always been his business.

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