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Watch Liam Finn Headbang to Pearl Jam’s ‘Habit’ Onstage

Kiwi songwriter takes the mike to screech out the 1996 'No Code' highlight

picture-18276-1372868632Chris Martins // February 27, 2014

As the son of Crowded House star Neil Finn, songwriter Liam Finn is very much a child of the ’80s. But when the New Zealander shouts out that repurposed Mike Watt line in Pearl Jam’s punked-up 1996 song “Habit” — “Speaking as a child of the ’90s…” — he sounds right at home. Back in January, Finn joined Eddie Vedder and co. onstage at Aukland’s Big Day Out festival to rip through the itchy, distortion-fried No Code track. While the original vocals were shredded and grungy, his performance skews more Fugazi. The fan-shot clip above has been around for awhile, but it hasn’t been widely shared. Rectify that here, and revisit the original song below. Finn’s got a new album out May 6 on Yep Roc dubbed The Nihlist — listen to “Snug as Fuck.”