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Crowded House are a rock band, formed in Melbourne, Australia, in 1985. Its founding members were New Zealander Neil Finn (vocalist, guitarist, primary songwriter) and Australians Paul Hester (drums) and Nick Seymour (bass). Later band members included Neil Finn's brother, Tim Finn, and Americans Mark Hart and Matt Sherrod.[1][2] Neil Finn and Seymour have been the sole constant members of the group since its formation.

Originally active from 1985 to 1996, Crowded House had consistent commercial and critical success in Australia and New Zealand[3][4][5] and international chart success in two phases, beginning with a self-titled debut album that reached number twelve on the US Album Chart in 1987 and provided the Top Ten hits "Don't Dream It's Over" and "Something So Strong".[6][7] Further international success came in the UK, Europe and South Africa with their third and fourth albums (Woodface and Together Alone) and the compilation album Recurring Dream, which included the hits "Fall at Your Feet", "Weather with You", "Distant Sun", "Locked Out", "Instinct" and "Not the Girl You Think You Are".[8][9] Neil and Tim Finn were each awarded an OBE in June 1993 for their contributions to the music of New Zealand.[10]

In June 1996, Crowded House announced that it would disband. The band played several farewell concerts that year, including the "Farewell to the World" concerts in Melbourne and Sydney.[1][8][11] On 26 March 2005, Hester died by suicide, aged 46.[12] In 2006, the group re-formed with drummer Matt Sherrod and released two further albums (in 2007 and 2010), each of which reached number one on Australia's album chart.[4]

As of July 2010, Crowded House had sold 10 million albums.[13] In November 2016, the band was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame.[14]

After several years of inactivity, it was announced a revised line-up of Crowded House would tour the UK in 2020. The new line-up features Neil Finn, Nick Seymour, Mitchell Froom, and Finn's sons Liam and Elroy.[15] Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the band's planned 2020 concerts have had to be rescheduled to 2021.

History[]

Neil Finn (vocals, guitar, piano) and drummer Paul Hester (ex-The Cheks, Deckchairs Overboard) were former members of New Zealand band Split Enz, which spent part of 1975–6 in Australia and several years in England.[1] Neil Finn is the younger brother of Split Enz founding member Tim Finn, who joined Crowded House in 1990 on vocals, guitars and keyboards for the album Woodface.[1] Bassist Nick Seymour (ex-Plays with Marionettes, Bang, The Horla) is the younger brother of singer-songwriter and guitarist Mark Seymour[1] of Australian rock group Hunters & Collectors.[8]

Biography[]

Members[]

  • Neil Finn
  • Nick Seymour
  • Mark Hart
  • Matt Sherrod

Discography[]

Albums[]

  • Crowded House
  • Temple of Low Men
  • Woodface
  • Together Alone
  • Recurring Dream: The Very Best of Crowded House
  • Afterglow
  • Classic Masters
  • Farewell to the World
  • Time on Earth
  • Intriguer


Singles[]

Year Single Title AUS NZ UK CAN Hot 100 Mod Rock Main Rock GER SWE SWI NOR FRA Album
1986 "Mean to Me" 26        <td9999              Crowded House
1986 "World Where You Live" 43       65               Crowded House
1986 "Now We're Getting Somewhere" 63 33                   Crowded House
1986 "Don't Dream It's Over" 8 1 27 1 2   11 13     6   Crowded House
1987 "Something So Strong" 18 3 95 10 7   10           Crowded House
1988 "Better Be Home Soon" 2 2   8 42 29 18 59         Temple of Low Men
1988 "When You Come" 27                       Temple of Low Men
1988 "Into Temptation" 671 38                     Temple of Low Men
1989 "Sister Madly" 811 26   92                 Temple of Low Men
1990 "I Feel Possessed" 93                       Temple of Low Men
1991 "Chocolate Cake" 20 7 69 9   2             Woodface
1991 "Fall at Your Feet" 31 24 17 27 75             30 Woodface
1992 "Weather with You" 27 9 7 34       23 37 8     Woodface
1992 "Four Seasons In One Day" 47 33 26 68                 Woodface
1992 "It's Only Natural" 15 31 24 55   5   59         Woodface
1993 "Distant Sun" 23 5 19 4 116 26   70         Together Alone
1994 "Nails In My Feet" 34 11 22                   Together Alone
1994 "Locked Out" 79   12 81 119 8             Together Alone
1994 "Fingers of Love"     25                   Together Alone
1994 "Pineapple Head"   50 27                   Together Alone
1994 "Private Universe" 46                       Together Alone
1995 "Together Alone"   37                     Together Alone
1996 "Everything Is Good For You" 10                       Recurring Dream
1996 "Instinct" 90 17 12 68                 Recurring Dream
1996 "Not the Girl You Think You Are" 37 41 20                   Recurring Dream
1996 "Don't Dream It's Over" (Re-entry)     25                   Crowded House
2007 "Don't Stop Now" 34   41                   Time on Earth
2007 "She Called Up"     156                   Time on Earth
2007 "Pour Le Monde"     51                   Time on Earth
2008 "Fall at Your Feet" (Re-entry)2     75                   Woodface


Further Reading[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 McFarlane (1999)
  2. "Neil Finn and Nick Seymour" Template:Webarchive Australian Broadcasting Corporation – 16 July 2007
  3. Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, New South Wales: Australian Chart Book Ltd. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. (NOTE: Used for Australian Singles and Albums charts from 1974 until ARIA created their own charts in mid-1988. In 1992, Kent back calculated chart positions for 1970–1974)
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Discography Crowded House" australiancharts.com
  5. "Discography Crowded House" charts.org.nz
  6. "Crowded House > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles" AllMusic
  7. "Crowded House > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums" AllMusic
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Bourke (1997)
  9. "Artists > Crowded House" Official Charts
  10. Hunkin, Joanna (3 May 2007). Finn 'sick' of PM grabbing music glory. The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved on September 26, 2011.
  11. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named linernotes
  12. Bernard Zuel, Nassim Khadem, Patrick Donovan, James Button "Farewell to the clown prince" The Sydney Morning Herald – 29 March 2005
  13. ARIA #1 Chart Awards Are a Family Affair!. Australian Recording Industry Association (22 July 2010). Retrieved on October 28, 2016.
  14. Crowded House to enter ARIA Hall Of Fame. – AAP. Sydney Morning Herald (5 September 2016). Retrieved on September 5, 2016.
  15. Crowded House reunite for 2020 UK tour (en-GB) (2019-12-09).
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