Crowded House

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Crowded House
Five men are standing close together on a stage and smiling. Behind the five men is more band equipment and the background contains considerable English text.
Crowded House, August 2007 (L–R)
Liam Finn, Matt Sherrod, Mark Hart, Neil Finn, Nick Seymour
Background information
Origin Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Genres Rock, pop rock, alternative rock
Years active 1985 (1985)–1996,
2006 (2006)–present
Labels Capitol
ATO
Associated acts Split Enz
Finn Brothers
Tarmac Adam
Liam Finn
Website crowdedhouse.com
Members
Neil Finn
Mark Hart
Nick Seymour
Matt Sherrod
Past members
Liam Finn
Tim Finn
Paul Hester
Craig Hooper
Peter Jones
Eddie Rayner

Crowded House are an Australian rock group. They formed in 1985 in Melbourne, led by New Zealand singer-songwriter Neil Finn.[1] Finn is the main songwriter and creative director of the band. He has led it through several changes. The band has people from a few different countries: from New Zealand (Neil and his brother, Tim Finn and Eddie Rayner), Australia (Paul Hester, Nick Seymour, Peter Jones and Craig Hooper) and the United States (Mark Hart, and Matt Sherrod).[1][2] Crowded House are referred to as The Crowdies by Australian fans.[3]

Originally active from 1985 to 1996, the band has had consistent commercial and critical success in Australia and New Zealand[4][5][6] and international chart success in two phases, beginning with their self titled debut album, Crowded House, which 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".[7][8] Further international success came in the UK and Europe 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".[3][9]

Founding drummer Hester left in May 1994, citing family reasons, but returned for their Farewell to the World concerts in Melbourne and Sydney in 1996.[1] Neil Finn had decided to end the band to concentrate on his solo career and the Finn Brothers project with Tim.[1] On 26 March 2005 Hester committed suicide, aged 46.[10]

In 2006, the group re-formed with new drummer Matt Sherrod. They have since released two albums, which have both reached number one on Australia's Album Chart.[5] The new albums are called "Time on Earth" (2007) and "Intriguer" (2010).

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 McFarlane (1999)
  2. "Neil Finn and Nick Seymour" Australian Broadcasting Corporation – 16 July 2007
  3. 3.0 3.1 Bourke (1997)
  4. Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, New South Wales: Australian Chart Book Ltd. ISBN 0646119176. (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)
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Discography Crowded House" australiancharts.com
  6. "Discography Crowded House" charts.org.nz
  7. "Crowded House > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles" Allmusic
  8. "Crowded House > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums" Allmusic
  9. "Artists > Crowded House" Chart Stats
  10. Bernard Zuel, Nassim Khadem, Patrick Donovan, James Button "Farewell to the clown prince" The Sydney Morning Herald – 29 March 2005