Posted in music on May 1, 2008

Staten Island's PS 22 chorus @ Irving Plaza, NYC - April 30, 2008 (kenf225)
Crowded House

It's an ironclad rule of rock&roll that anything involving a children's chorus is a bad idea. From "You Can't Always Get What You Want" to the Clash's remake of "Career Opportunities," the results are usually mawkish at best and disastrous at worst.

But not last night, at Crowded House's show at Irving Plaza. The PS 22 Chorus, from an elementary school in northwest Staten Island, has made something of a name for itself by performing wonderful arrangements of contemporary pop hits, and has performed them with stars like Tori Amos. And last night they opened for Crowded House.

The kids came out and did a couple of songs on their own, under the direction of the teacher, Gregg Breinberg, and then Neil Finn came out, grinning from ear to ear and applauding, and the rest of the band joined him, and they did two more songs. The version of "Throw Your Arms Around Me" they did is beyond description -- it's a beautiful song to begin with, but the kids clearly love it and get it. [Riffs and Licks]

Last night was the last of three shows Crowded House played at Irving Plaza in NYC. More tour dates HERE. Video of the band playing with the PS 22 chorus, and the set list from night 2, below....

Crowded House & PS22 Chorus THROW YOUR ARMS AROUND ME

Crowded House set list (April 29, 2008)
Don't Stop Now
Fall at Your Feet
789 (New)
Walked Her Way Down
Falling Dove (New)
Isolation (New)
Silent House
Into Temptation
Lucky (New)
English Trees
Pineapple Head
Turn It Round (New)
Don't Dream It's Over
Distant Sun
It's Only Natural

Encore 1:
World Where You Live
Love You Til The Day I Die
Weather With You

Encore 2:
When You Come (Only request granted)
Throw Your Arms Around Me (with opening act Don McGlashan singing a verse)
Four Seasons in One Day
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and PS 22 posted this video earlier in the year...

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Comments (13)

hit it hit it hit it hit it hit it hit it hit it hit it hit it hit it hit it hit it hit it hit it hit it hit it hit it hit it hit it hit it hit it hit it hit it hit it hit it hit it hit it hit it hit it hit it hit it hit it hit it hit it hit it hit it hit it hit it hit it hit it hit it hit it hit it......nah, just kidding. that's not even really that funny.

Posted by Anonymous | May 1, 2008 12:08 PM

these kids suck

Posted by Anonymous | May 1, 2008 1:08 PM

How do you explain to these scamps who the hell Crowded House is?

Posted by Flash | May 1, 2008 1:36 PM

this is soooo punk rock.

Posted by Anonymous | May 1, 2008 2:40 PM

Awesome. Everyone should sing that happily and with that much conviction and abandon every day. Rock on, kids.

Posted by Annie | May 1, 2008 3:25 PM

damn - I wish I'd seen one of these shows

nice job kids - Staten Island rocks!

Posted by Anonymous | May 1, 2008 5:53 PM

I graduated from P.S.22 in 1989.

Posted by Joey G | May 1, 2008 9:45 PM


Hey, you lifted my setlist from the Frenz forum! Problem is, you took Tuesday night's list, not last night's list! Check the 4/30 thread for the proper list!

Posted by Jenny G. | May 1, 2008 10:29 PM

"Hey, you lifted my setlist from the Frenz forum! Problem is, you took Tuesday night's list, not last night's list! Check the 4/30 thread for the proper list!"

The source of the setlist is linked on the date. and the date does say Tuesday.
("the set list from night 2, below....")

Posted by brooklynvegan | May 1, 2008 10:46 PM

I think this is great but Throw Your Arms is pretty racy for these young kids..lol

In answer to 'How would these kids know CH' their choir teacher silly, I saw some kids 15 and under do a Karate exercise at a local library and they ran out to and performed to 'Eye of the Tiger'!! you know what their teacher listens too!

Posted by Podycat | May 2, 2008 2:33 PM


Sorry! Got it! Just wanted to clarify that the choir performed on Wednesday (4/30), I guess! Never mind!

Posted by Jenny G. | May 2, 2008 2:42 PM

having graduated from this school in 1994 im fairly shocked and suprised that they finally made a name for themselves. I believe my last year at 22 is when they started the Glee Club/Chorus after a few years of not having one. Congrats

Posted by yestothat | May 2, 2008 9:46 PM

this is my elementary school! damn...p.s. 22 rocked...well until our portables collapsed and we had to have classes in the gymnasium.

Posted by gillian | November 16, 2008 10:55 AM

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