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Encyclopedia > Crowded House

Liam Finn, Mark Hart, Neil Finn, Matt Sherrod, Nick Seymour (2007)
Background information
Origin Flag of Australia Melbourne, Australia
Genre(s) Pop rock, soft rock
Years active 1985–1996, 2007–present
Label(s) Capitol
Associated
acts
Split Enz
Finn Brothers
Tarmac Adam
Website CrowdedHouse.com
Members
Neil Finn
Guitar, piano and vocals

Nick Seymour
Bass guitar

Mark Hart
Guitars, slide guitar and keyboards

Matt Sherrod
Drums
Additional musicians
Liam Finn
Acoustic guitar and backing vocals
Former members
Paul Hester (deceased)
Tim Finn
Craig Hooper
Former additional musicians
Eddie Rayner
Peter Jones
Jules Bowen

Crowded House is a rock group formed in Melbourne, Australia, and led by New Zealand musician and singer-songwriter Neil Finn.[1] Finn is widely recognised as the primary songwriter and creative direction of the band, having led it through several incarnations, drawing members from New Zealand (Neil Finn, Tim Finn and Eddie Rayner), Australia (Paul Hester, Nick Seymour, Peter Jones and Craig Hooper) and United States (Mark Hart and Matt Sherrod).[1][2] Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 356 pixelsFull resolution (1780 × 793 pixel, file size: 133 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... This article is about the Australian city; the name may also refer to City of Melbourne or Melbourne city centre. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the music genre. ... Soft rock, also referred to as light rock or easy rock, is a style of music which uses the techniques of rock and roll to compose a softer, supposedly more ear-pleasing sound for listening, often at work or when driving. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Capitol Records is a major United States-based record label, owned by EMI. // The Capitol Records company was founded by the songwriter Johnny Mercer in 1942, with the financial help of movie producer Buddy DeSylva and the business acumen of Glenn Wallichs, (1910-1971) (owner of Music City, at the... Split Enz was a successful New Zealand band during the late 1970s and the early 1980s featuring brothers Tim Finn and Neil Finn. ... The Finn Brothers is the name of the musical project of New Zealand brothers Neil and Tim Finn. ... Neil Mullane Finn OBE (born May 27, 1958 in Te Awamutu, New Zealand) is a singer and songwriter and one of New Zealands foremost musicians. ... Nick Seymour (born Nicholas More Seymour, 9 December 1958 in Benalla, Victoria, Australia) is a bass guitar player, painter, and record producer. ... Mark Hart (born July 2, 1953, Fort Scott, Kansas), is a multi instrumentalist best known for his stints as a member of Supertramp and Crowded House. ... It is proposed that this article be deleted, because of the following concern: Article says nothing that couldnt be summed up at Crowded House If you can address this concern by improving, copyediting, sourcing, renaming or merging the page, please edit this page and do so. ... Liam Finn is a singer/songwriter, born on September 24 1983 in Melbourne, Australia; he moved to New Zealand as a child. ... Paul Newell Hester (January 8, 1959 – March 26, 2005) was the drummer with Split Enz and Crowded House. ... Live in Dublin 2007 Brian Timothy “Tim” Finn OBE (born June 25, 1952) is a singer and songwriter. ... Craig Hooper is an Australian musician who was a core member of influential band The Reels as well as playing and recording with other Australian artists such as The Mullanes (the initial incarnation of Crowded House), The Church, The Rockmelons, The Crystal Set, Ross Wilson and The Port-of-Call... Eddie Rayner born Tony Rayner is a New Zealand musician who has played in bands such as Split Enz, Space Waltz, and The Makers. ... Peter Jones is a Liverpool-born Australian session drummer, who replaced Paul Hester in Crowded House. ... For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ... This article is about the Australian city; the name may also refer to City of Melbourne or Melbourne city centre. ... The term singer-songwriter refers to performers who both write and sing their own material. ... Neil Mullane Finn OBE (born May 27, 1958 in Te Awamutu, New Zealand) is a singer and songwriter and one of New Zealands foremost musicians. ... Live in Dublin 2007 Brian Timothy “Tim” Finn OBE (born June 25, 1952) is a singer and songwriter. ... Eddie Rayner born Tony Rayner is a New Zealand musician who has played in bands such as Split Enz, Space Waltz, and The Makers. ... Paul Newell Hester (January 8, 1959 – March 26, 2005) was the drummer with Split Enz and Crowded House. ... Nick Seymour (born Nicholas More Seymour, 9 December 1958 in Benalla, Victoria, Australia) is a bass guitar player, painter, and record producer. ... Peter Jones is a Liverpool-born Australian session drummer, who replaced Paul Hester in Crowded House. ... Craig Hooper is an Australian musician who was a core member of influential band The Reels as well as playing and recording with other Australian artists such as The Mullanes (the initial incarnation of Crowded House), The Church, The Rockmelons, The Crystal Set, Ross Wilson and The Port-of-Call... Mark Hart (born July 2, 1953, Fort Scott, Kansas), is a multi instrumentalist best known for his stints as a member of Supertramp and Crowded House. ... It is proposed that this article be deleted, because of the following concern: Article says nothing that couldnt be summed up at Crowded House If you can address this concern by improving, copyediting, sourcing, renaming or merging the page, please edit this page and do so. ...


Though the band owes its original success to the Australian live music scene, the common references to New Zealand people and places in several songs pay homage to Finn's personal roots ("Kare Kare" is written about Karekare Beach, while "Mean to Me" refers to Finn's hometown of Te Awamutu).[3] The success of the group's third album Woodface and the general success of Crowded House and Split Enz prompted Queen Elizabeth II of the Commonwealth in June 1993 to bestow the Order of the British Empire on both Tim and Neil Finn for their contribution to the music of New Zealand.[4] Karekare beach Karekare is a small coastal resort in northern New Zealand. ... Mean to Me is a 1986 song by rock group Crowded House. ... Te Awamutu (In Maori: The (Te) Rivers(Awa) End (mutu)) is a town in the Waikato on the North Island of New Zealand. ... Woodface was Crowded Houses third studio album, released in 1991. ... Split Enz was a successful New Zealand band during the late 1970s and the early 1980s featuring brothers Tim Finn and Neil Finn. ... Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor; born 21 April 1926) is Queen of sixteen sovereign states, holding each crown and title equally. ... 1993 is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions; in decreasing order of seniority, these are Knight Grand Cross or Dame Grand Cross (GBE) Knight Commander...


Originally active between 1985 and 1996, the band's notable hits from this period include "Don't Dream It's Over", "Something So Strong", "Better Be Home Soon", "Fall at Your Feet" and "Weather With You".[1] In 2007, the group reunited with a new drummer. In this period, the group has released one album, Time on Earth, which reached #1 on Australia's ARIA Albums Chart.[5] Crowded House was an Australian/New Zealand rock group; two original members were from Australia and one was from New Zealand. ... Something So Strong is a rock song written by Neil Finn and performed by Australian band Crowded House for their debut album Crowded House. ... Better Be Home Soon is a ballad by the band Crowded House released in July 1988. ... Fall at Your Feet is a 1991 song by Australian rock group Crowded House from their 1991 album Woodface. ... Weather With You is a 1991 song by rock group Crowded House. ... Singles from Time on Earth Released: June 16, 2007 For the album by Hugo, see Time on Earth (Hugo album). ... The ARIA charts is the main Australian music sales chart issued weekly by the Australian Recording Industry Association. ...

Contents

History

Formation and beginnings (1984–1986)

Main articles: Split Enz and The Mullanes

The group had important connections in the Australian and New Zealand rock scenes. Neil Finn and Paul Hester were former members of the New Zealand rock band Split Enz; Neil is the younger brother of Split Enz founding member Tim Finn. Nick Seymour is the younger brother of singer-songwriter-guitarist Mark Seymour, leader of the now defunct Australian rock group Hunters & Collectors.[1] Split Enz was a successful New Zealand band during the late 1970s and the early 1980s featuring brothers Tim Finn and Neil Finn. ... The Mullanes was the first incarnation of Australasian rock group Crowded House; the name was taken from the maiden name of the mother of the groups leader, Neil Finn, Mullane is also Finns middle name. ... Split Enz was a successful New Zealand band during the late 1970s and the early 1980s featuring brothers Tim Finn and Neil Finn. ... Mark Seymour (born 1957 in Benalla, Victoria) is an Australian musician and singer best known for his work as the frontman and songwriter of rock band Hunters & Collectors, but also with a solo career. ... Hunters & Collectors, often referred to as the Hunnas by their fans, were an Australian rock band, formed in Melbourne in 1980. ...


Neil Finn and Paul Hester decided to form a new band during the Split Enz farewell tour Enz with a Bang. Nick Seymour approached Finn during the after party for the Melbourne show and asked if he could try out for this new band.[1] The first incarnation of the band, The Mullanes, formed in Melbourne in 1985 and also included guitarist Craig Hooper, formerly of The Reels. They secured a record contract with Capitol Records and moved to Los Angeles, at which time Hooper left the band. At the label's behest, the band changed its name to "Crowded House," which alluded to the cramped quarters the three members shared at an apartment in North Sycamore Street in West Hollywood during the recording of the album. They also invited former Split Enz keyboard player Eddie Rayner to join, and he produced the track "Can't Carry On" for the debut self-titled album. He initially joined them on tour in 1988 on keyboards, but had to leave for family reasons before he could be made a full member. Crowded House was later nicknamed The Crowdies by their Australian fans.[1] An afterparty, after-party, or after party is a gathering that occurs after a party, a music concert, a premiere or the closure of a nightclub. ... The Mullanes was the first incarnation of Australasian rock group Crowded House; the name was taken from the maiden name of the mother of the groups leader, Neil Finn, Mullane is also Finns middle name. ... Craig Hooper is an Australian musician who was a core member of influential band The Reels as well as playing and recording with other Australian artists such as The Mullanes (the initial incarnation of Crowded House), The Church, The Rockmelons, The Crystal Set, Ross Wilson and The Port-of-Call... The Reels was an Australian rock music group which performed and recorded between 1978 and 1991. ... Capitol Records is a major United States-based record label, owned by EMI. // The Capitol Records company was founded by the songwriter Johnny Mercer in 1942, with the financial help of movie producer Buddy DeSylva and the business acumen of Glenn Wallichs, (1910-1971) (owner of Music City, at the... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... West Hollywoods logo illustrates the citys borders. ... Eddie Rayner born Tony Rayner is a New Zealand musician who has played in bands such as Split Enz, Space Waltz, and The Makers. ... Crowded House is Crowded Houses debut studio album, released in 1986. ...


Early albums (1986–1990)

Main articles: Crowded House (album) and Temple of Low Men

The band had an already-established Australasian audience waiting to see what was next for the Split Enz alumni. In 1986, Crowded House participated in festival shows in Australia and New Zealand. They released their eponymous debut album, Crowded House, in June 1986. The group's record label, Capitol Records, did not see any immediate promise for the band, resulting in a low-profile promotion by the label, despite the Split Enz fan base continuing to draw attention to the group.[1] Faced with this difficulty, the band played small venues to seek attention. The album's first single, "Mean to Me" failed to chart in the US, but its moderate success introduced listeners to the group's music, and the song "Don't Dream It's Over" was released as the album's second single in December 1986. It became a massive international hit and remains the group's most commercially successful and most awarded hit, as of 2007. The video for the single was mostly autobiographical, showing the houses which the band members occupied on their way to the "crowded house" that they rented in Los Angeles during their album's production.[1] "Don't Dream It's Over" reached #2 in the United States, and the video earned the group the MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist in 1987, the first of many Crowded House awards.[6] The song has since been rerecorded by artists such as Paul Young (1991) and Sixpence None the Richer (2003). In 1986, the group was also awarded Best New Group at the inaugural ARIA Music Awards.[7] Crowded House is Crowded Houses debut studio album, released in 1986. ... Temple Of Low Men was Crowded Houses second studio album, released in 1988. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Capitol Records is a major United States-based record label, owned by EMI. // The Capitol Records company was founded by the songwriter Johnny Mercer in 1942, with the financial help of movie producer Buddy DeSylva and the business acumen of Glenn Wallichs, (1910-1971) (owner of Music City, at the... Mean to Me is a 1986 song by rock group Crowded House. ... Crowded House was an Australian/New Zealand rock group; two original members were from Australia and one was from New Zealand. ... 1986 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2007 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The following is a list of MTV Video Music Awards winners for Best New Artist. ... Australian band Crowded House has won several awards internationally. ... Paul Antony Young, better known as Paul Young (born 17 January 1956) is an English pop artist. ... Sixpence None the Richer was a Grammy-nominated pop/rock band with roots in New Braunfels, Texas, eventually settling in Nashville, Tennessee. ... The Australian Recording Industry Association Music Awards (commonly known as ARIA Music Awards or ARIA Awards) is an annual awards night celebrating the Australian music industry, put on by the Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA). ...


In June 1987, the album finally climbed to the top of the Australian charts at #1, taking the place from Whispering Jack by John Farnham after several weeks in the position. "Something So Strong" was the third single from the album, and it peaked at #7 in the US. "World Where You Live" was issued as the fourth single reaching #65 in the US Billboard 200 singles chart in the late summer of 1987. The fifth and final single "Now We're Getting Somewhere" achieved moderate chart success internationally.[1] Singles from Whispering Jack Released: 1986 Released: 1986 Released: 1986 Released: 1987 Whispering Jack is the sixteenth album by Australian singer John Farnham. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Something So Strong is a rock song written by Neil Finn and performed by Australian band Crowded House for their debut album Crowded House. ... World Where You Live is a 1986 song by rock group Crowded House. ... The Billboard 200 is a ranking of the 200 highest-selling music albums and EPs in the United States, published weekly by Billboard magazine. ... Now Were Getting Somewhere is a 1986 song by rock group Crowded House. ...


"Don't Dream It's Over" was later used prominently in the made-for-TV movie "The Stand," based on Stephen King's, The Stand. It is also now used in the advertisement for New Zealand Tourism Board in its "100% Pure New Zealand" worldwide promotion.[8] The Stand is a 1994 television miniseries based on the novel The Stand by Stephen King. ... Stephen Edwin King (born September 21, 1947) is an American author of over 200 stories including over 50 bestselling horror novels. ... The Stand is a post-apocalyptic Horror/Science Fiction novel by Stephen King originally published in 1978. ...


As primary songwriter for the group, Neil was now under pressure to create a second album that matched the success of his band's debut (the band joked that one potential title for the new release was Mediocre Follow-Up). Temple of Low Men was released to great fanfare in 1988 along with the single "Better Be Home Soon," which reached #42 in the US. Other highlights of this album were "Into Temptation" and "Sister Madly", the latter evolving into a fan favourite sing-along when played in concert.[1] Although critics were impressed, the album was not as well received commercially as their debut. As a contrast to the debut album, the first single "Better Be Home Soon" was an acoustic song which performed moderately on the charts, though the following four singles from the album all failed to chart altogether,[1] and through the low single impact, album sales were not as successful as the debut. The label quickly pulled promotion for the album yet again, and Crowded House performed a short tour of Australia and Canada. Supertramp member and multi-instrumentalist Mark Hart then accompanied the band from January 1989 as a tour performer, taking Eddie Rayner's place. In early 1989, following a short tour by the group to support their second album, Finn removed Seymour from the lineup. In 2007, he discussed this on Andrew Denton's Enough Rope, commenting that he had fired him because of artistic differences. After a month, Seymour initiated contact and the two agreed to have him return to the group.[2] Following this, the group decided to take a break before re-entering the studio for their third album.[1] Temple Of Low Men was Crowded Houses second studio album, released in 1988. ... Supertramp is a British progressive rock band that had a series of top-selling albums in the 1970s and 1980s. ... Mark Hart (born July 2, 1953, Fort Scott, Kansas), is a multi instrumentalist best known for his stints as a member of Supertramp and Crowded House. ... 1989 is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Andrew Denton on the poster for his film God On My Side Andrew Christopher Denton (born May 4, 1960) is an Australian comedian and television presenter, and is the host of the ABCs weekly interview program Enough Rope. ... Enough Rope with Andrew Denton (or simply Enough Rope) is a television talk show broadcast on the ABC network in Australia. ...


The early nineties (1991–1994)

Main articles: Woodface and Together Alone

After the Temple of Low Men Canadian tour, the group decided to take a break and Neil began writing some songs with his brother Tim Finn for an album they were considering to release under the name Finn. The sessions yielded enough songs for an album and both brothers were happy with the result, but Neil was also faced with the task of writing a third Crowded House album. After recording with Seymour and Hester, the record company rejected most of the songs recorded for this album, Neil asked his brother if they could use some of the Finn songs for the next album. Tim agreed on the proviso that he be made a member, though in some records, he has indicated he meant this as a joke. Neil took this literally and the group with the newly appointed member Tim Finn returned to the studio to record these songs.[1] Woodface was Crowded Houses third studio album, released in 1991. ... Together Alone is the fourth and final studio album by Crowded House. ... Live in Dublin 2007 Brian Timothy “Tim” Finn OBE (born June 25, 1952) is a singer and songwriter. ...


These recording sessions were combined with songs from the earlier sessions yielded Woodface. The album was released in July 1991 and featured seven songs written by Tim and Neil Finn together. Most of the songs written jointly featured the brothers performing harmonised vocals except the sombre "All I Ask". This song was performed solo by Tim and was later featured on AIDS awareness commercials in Australia.[1] The other tracks were primarily Neil compositions, with the exception of the exuberant Hester-written song "Italian Plastic", a commonly performed song on live concerts. These other songs were all from the original recording sessions by the band before Tim Finn became involved. "Chocolate Cake" was released as the first single, and it sealed the fate of the band in America. The song was a humourous comment on American excesses. It was not taken well by critics or the public in the country and failed to achieve a position on the US Billboard 200 singles chart. The album's second single, "Fall at Your Feet" proved more successful in the US, but it still only reached #75.[1] Woodface was Crowded Houses third studio album, released in 1991. ... 1991 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS or Aids) is a collection of symptoms and infections resulting from the specific damage to the immune system caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). ... Chocolate Cake is a 1991 song by Australian rock group Crowded House from their 1991 album Woodface. ... The Billboard 200 is a ranking of the 200 highest-selling music albums and EPs in the United States, published weekly by Billboard magazine. ... Fall at Your Feet is a 1991 song by Australian rock group Crowded House from their 1991 album Woodface. ...


The album sold well internationally, in contrast to its American success. The immense success of this album particularly in the UK prompted the Queen in June 1993 to bestow the OBE upon Tim and Neil for their contribution to the music of New Zealand. In this same era, the Queen's daughter-in-law Princess Diana, known for her love of music, reported that Crowded House was her favourite band.[4] The band was at the pinnacle of its creative output, and the songs "Weather With You" and "Fall at Your Feet" became signature songs for the band. During the first supporting tour for Woodface, Tim Finn was asked to leave part of the way through the UK leg (which was projected as the final leg but the success of the album dictated more dates be added).[4] Multi-instrumentalist Mark Hart was recalled to play keyboards for the remaining dates, after which he was inducted as a permanent member of the band. The final date of this first tour at the Town and Country Club in London was recorded and given a limited release in Australia, while excerpts were released as B-sides for the album's singles in other countries.[9] The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions; in decreasing order of seniority, these are Knight Grand Cross or Dame Grand Cross (GBE) Knight Commander... Diana, Princess of Wales (Diana Frances Mountbatten-Windsor, née Spencer) (1 July 1961–31 August 1997), commonly, but incorrectly, known as Princess Diana, was for fifteen years the wife of HRH The Prince Charles, Prince of Wales. ... Weather With You is a 1991 song by rock group Crowded House. ... Mark Hart (born July 2, 1953, Fort Scott, Kansas), is a multi instrumentalist best known for his stints as a member of Supertramp and Crowded House. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... In recorded music, the terms A-side and B-side refer to the two sides of 7 inch vinyl records on which singles have been released since the 1950s. ...


For their next album, Together Alone, Crowded House recruited New Zealand based Martin Glover (known as "Youth") to produce. The sessions were recorded at Karekare Beach, New Zealand. The opening song of the album is a jam session by the band that was then named "Karekare" after the beach. The album sold well internationally upon release in October 1993 on the strength of lead single "Distant Sun" and its followup "Private Universe". The song "Locked Out" was the album's first single in the US, receiving a modest amount of exposure on MTV and VH-1, partly due to its inclusion on the soundtrack for 1994 US film Reality Bites. The song was bundled with The Knack's only hit "My Sharona" as a promotional jukebox single, as both appeared on the Reality Bites soundtrack.[1] Together Alone is the fourth and final studio album by Crowded House. ... Martin Youth Glover (born December 23, 1960) is an influential record producer and a founding member and bassist of the UK band Killing Joke. ... Karekare beach Karekare is a small coastal resort in northern New Zealand. ... 1993 is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... Distant Sun is a 1993 song by rock group Crowded House. ... Private Universe is a 1993 song by rock group Crowded House from the groups fourth studio album Together Alone. ... Locked Out is a 1993 song by rock group Crowded House from the groups fourth studio album Together Alone. ... This article is about the original U.S. music television channel. ... VH1 (which stands for Video Hits 1) is an American cable television channel that was created in 1985. ... Reality Bites is a 1994 film written by Helen Childress and featuring the directorial debut of Ben Stiller. ... Original UK 45 rpm single picture cover The Knack - My Sharona The Knack are a Los Angeles-based rock band that rose to fame with their first single, My Sharona, an international hit in 1979 (see 1979 in music). ... My Sharona is a 1979 song which was the debut single by and international hit for The Knack. ... A Zodiac jukebox A jukebox is a partially automated music-playing device, usually a coin-operated machine, that can play specially selected songs from self-contained media. ...


Crowded House says farewell (1994–1996)

Main articles: Recurring Dream, Farewell to the World, and Finn (album)
Crowded House playing live in Cafe De Kroon, Amsterdam, June 1996. Left: Neil Finn, right: Mark Hart
Crowded House playing live in Cafe De Kroon, Amsterdam, June 1996. Left: Neil Finn, right: Mark Hart

The band toured Europe and had begun a series of dates in the United States when drummer Paul Hester left the band, requesting more time with his family. Although they finished the tour with session drummer Peter Jones, Finn decided it was time to bring the group to an end. Following the tour, he decided to revive work on the Finn Brothers album Finn with his brother Tim. Following this, Finn set his sights on beginning a solo career. The band officially dissolved in June 1996 in a press conference held by Neil Finn. In the same press conference as announcing the dissolution of the group, Neil announced plans to release a Crowded House greatest hits album featuring four songs from each album and three songs intended for the group's cancelled fifth studio album.[1] Special Edition Live Album cover Cover of the Special Edition Live Album included with selected versions of Recurring Dream. ... Farewell to the World is a 1996 concert by rock group Crowded House. ... Finn is the first album by The Finn Brothers, a music project of New Zealand brothers Tim and Neil Finn. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 328 × 244 pixelsFull resolution (328 × 244 pixel, file size: 29 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Crowded House playing live in Cafe De Kroon, Amsterdam, june 1996. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 328 × 244 pixelsFull resolution (328 × 244 pixel, file size: 29 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Crowded House playing live in Cafe De Kroon, Amsterdam, june 1996. ... Peter Jones is a Liverpool-born Australian session drummer, who replaced Paul Hester in Crowded House. ... The Finn Brothers is the name of the musical project of New Zealand brothers Neil and Tim Finn. ...


This career-spanning collection of greatest hits and a few new songs was released in the same month as its announcement. When released, it went straight to #1 on the Australian and UK record charts. By this time, their success in the UK was comparable to their success in Australia with some of the singles making it to a higher chart placing. Early copies of the album came with a second CD of live material that captured a few moments of the band's distinct live presence, with varying locations from England, New Zealand, Australia, and the United States. The comedic aspect of the banter between songs and spontaneity is displayed on this offering. Though no longer being credited as a band member, founding member Paul Hester returned to the skins for the Crowded House greatest hits collection to record the album's three new songs. Released as singles, these included the funky "Instinct", the Beatlesque "Not the Girl You Think You Are" and the optimistic anthem "Everything Is Good for You", which featured backing vocals from Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder.[4] Paul Newell Hester (January 8, 1959 – March 26, 2005) was the drummer with Split Enz and Crowded House. ... Instinct is a 1996 song by rock group Crowded House. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... Not the Girl You Think You Are is a 1996 song by rock group Crowded House. ... Everything Is Good For You is a 1996 song by rock group Crowded House. ... This article is about the rock group. ... Eddie Vedder (born Edward Louis Severson III on December 23, 1964 in Evanston, Illinois) is the lead singer and one of three guitar players for the rock band Pearl Jam. ...


In 1996, the Sydney Children's Hospital required emergency funding and decided to raise the funds through a charity event. Due to the strength of sales of Recurring Dream and the band's philanthropic nature, the group decided to reunite to help in the cause. The group performed a free concert to an audience on the footsteps of the Sydney Opera House on November 24, 1996, though initially the plan was to occur the day before, however was postponed due to weather issues. All the band's members, including Hester, participated in the farewell concert. To feature elements of eras of the group's history, the group also called upon Peter Jones and Tim Finn to make guest appearances. Prior to the performance, Crowded House was supported by Custard, Powderfinger and You Am I. The concert is considered one of the biggest live performances in Australian history with varying reports of the crowd being between 120,000 and over 200,000 people.[3][1] In 1996, this was released on VHS, however was never initially released in audio format on cassette or CD. This was rectified in 2007 with both a double CD and a DVD of the concert made available. Sydney Childrens Hospital is a hospital for children in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, New South Wales. ... The Sydney Opera House is located in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. ... is the 328th day of the year (329th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Custard was an Australian indie rock band from Brisbane formed in 1990. ... Powderfinger is an Australian rock band. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


Following farewell and before reunion (1996–2006)

Following the initial breakup of Crowded House in 1996, the members embarked upon various different projects in an array of mediums. Neil Finn initiated a successful solo career, releasing two albums and a soundtrack. Having left the group in 1992, Tim Finn resumed his solo career, though he appeared with them sporadically throughout the Woodface tour as a support act. He has released four solo albums since leaving the band. Together, Neil and Tim Finn recorded two albums as the Finn Brothers, Finn in 1995, just prior to Crowded House's initial breakup, and Everyone Is Here in 2004, which proved more successful than the first. Afterglow is a Crowded House compilation album, released in 1999. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... 7 Worlds Collide is an album released in 2001 by New Zealand singer/songwriter, Neil Finn. ... Everyone Is Here is the second album by The Finn Brothers, a music project of New Zealand brothers Tim and Neil Finn. ... Woodface was Crowded Houses third studio album, released in 1991. ... The Finn Brothers is the name of the musical project of New Zealand brothers Neil and Tim Finn. ... Everyone Is Here is the second album by The Finn Brothers, a music project of New Zealand brothers Tim and Neil Finn. ...


Peter Jones and Nick Seymour joined Australian group Deadstar for their second album. Nick left after the release of their third album to move to Ireland, while Peter played with the band until their end in 1999 and then moved on to become a school teacher. Nick Seymour then worked as a record producer in Dublin. Most notably, he produced Neither Am I, the debut by Irish group Bell X1. He has also worked with Gemma Hayes and Juno Falls. Seymour also became a contributor to The Cake Sale collective, which brought him together with artists and musicians from Bell X1, The Frames, Damien Rice and Snow Patrol. Having played with the group prior to joining Crowded House in late 1992, Mark Hart rejoined Supertramp in the late 1990s. He has since toured as a part of Ringo Starr's All Starr band. In 2001, Hart released a solo album entitled Nada Sonata on the PSB Records label.[10] Peter Jones is a Liverpool-born Australian session drummer, who replaced Paul Hester in Crowded House. ... Nick Seymour (born Nicholas More Seymour, 9 December 1958 in Benalla, Victoria, Australia) is a bass guitar player, painter, and record producer. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Dublin city centre at night WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: , Statistics Province: Leinster County: Dáil Éireann: Dublin Central, Dublin North Central, Dublin North East, Dublin North West, Dublin South Central, Dublin South East European Parliament: Dublin Dialling Code: +353 1 Postal District(s): D1-24, D6W Area: 114. ... Neither Am I is the debut album by Irish band Bell X1. ... Bell X1 are an Irish band, hailing from North County Kildare, Ireland. ... Gemma Hayes Gemma Hayes is a singer-songwriter born on August 11, 1977 in Ballyporeen, Tipperary, Ireland. ... JUNO FALLS are a modern folk pop band comprising songwriter/frontman Myles O Reilly and his band, hailing from Dublin, London. ... The Cake Sale are a collective of mostly Irish musical artists formed by Brian Crosby of Bell X1. ... The Frames is an influential Irish band based mainly in Dublin. ... Damien Rice (born December 7, 1973) is an Irish folk singer, famous for his two albums O and 9. ... Snow Patrol are a Grammy Award-nominated alternative rock band who formed in Scotland, with the majority of their members being from Bangor and Belfast, Northern Ireland. ... Mark Hart (born July 2, 1953, Fort Scott, Kansas), is a multi instrumentalist best known for his stints as a member of Supertramp and Crowded House. ... Supertramp is a British progressive rock band that had a series of top-selling albums in the 1970s and 1980s. ... Richard Starkey Jr, MBE (born 7 July 1940), known by his stage name Ringo Starr, is an English musician, singer, songwriter and actor, best known as the drummer of The Beatles. ...


Initially after leaving the group in 1994, Paul Hester reunited with his friend Anthony Field who had formed a successful children's entertainment group The Wiggles with former members of rock group The Cockroaches. Field requested Hester to participate in some performances with The Wiggles, and so he was made "Paul the Chef" for a handful of performances.[11] Following Farewell to the World, Hester became a television and radio personality in Australia with his own ABC show "Hessie's Shed", and a stint on the short lived Mick Molloy Show. He also worked as a session drummer and formed his own band Largest Living Things, a name he'd had in reserve since 1985 when Capitol Records refused to allow a band that name.[12] Anthony Field (born May 8, 1963 in Camperdown, New South Wales, Australia) is an Australian musician and actor. ... The Wiggles is an Australian band. ... The Cockroaches were an Australian rock / pop band who achieved reasonable success in the 1980s and 1990s. ... Farewell to the World is a 1996 concert by rock group Crowded House. ... For other uses, see Celebrity (disambiguation). ... The Australian Broadcasting Corporation or ABC is Australias national non-profit public broadcaster. ... The Mick Molloy Show was a television program that appeared on the Nine Network in Australia for just 8 weeks during 1999. ...


In 1999, the group decided to release a collection of (formerly) rare and unreleased recordings, which was entitled Afterglow. It featured the promotional and radio single release "Anyone Can Tell" and live favourite "Recurring Dream" that had previously only been available on the soundtracks of the movies Tequila Sunrise and Rikky And Pete as well as single B-sides. In the same vein of the Recurring Dream album, there was a short history published in the album's sleeve detailing information about the collection of songs and their history. Some limited release versions of the album included a second CD of spoken-word commentary about the songs from Finn. The liner notes in this CD included a confirmation that Crowded House were, at this point, not going to reunite. Afterglow is a Crowded House compilation album, released in 1999. ... Tequila Sunrise is a 1988 movie written and directed by Oscar-winner Robert Towne. ...


In 2001, Neil Finn collaborated with several international acts, such as two members of Radiohead, session bassist Sebastian Steinberg, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder (who previously appeared on "Everything Is Good for You" on Recurring Dream), Lisa Germano and first collaborated with Johnny Marr, previously of The Smiths, with whom Finn later wrote the song "Even a Child". He also invited brother Tim Finn and his son Liam Finn's band Betchadupa to all join in for a New Zealand based live collaboration given the name 7 Worlds Collide, a line from the Together Alone song "Distant Sun". The live concerts sold out and were released as a double CD or DVD in November 2001. The concerts featured several songs from Crowded House, Split Enz, Tim Finn and Neil Finn's respective solo careers, Finn Brothers, Betchadupa and some pieces written specifically for the performances. Radiohead is an English rock band that formed in Oxfordshire in 1986. ... Sebastian Steinberg (born February 20, 1959 in New York City) is an American upright bass player, best known for his work in the band Soul Coughing. ... This article is about the rock group. ... Eddie Vedder (born Edward Louis Severson III on December 23, 1964 in Evanston, Illinois) is the lead singer and one of three guitar players for the rock band Pearl Jam. ... Everything Is Good For You is a 1996 song by rock group Crowded House. ... Special Edition Live Album cover Cover of the Special Edition Live Album included with selected versions of Recurring Dream. ... Lisa Germano, promotional shoot for Happiness (1994). ... Johnny Marr (born John Martin Maher on 31 October 1963 in Ardwick) is an English guitarist, keyboardist, harmonica player and singer. ... The Smiths were an English rock band active from 1982 to 1987. ... Live in Dublin 2007 Brian Timothy “Tim” Finn OBE (born June 25, 1952) is a singer and songwriter. ... Liam Finn is a singer/songwriter, born on September 24 1983 in Melbourne, Australia; he moved to New Zealand as a child. ... Betchadupa is a New Zealand pop/rock group. ... 7 Worlds Collide is an album released in 2001 by New Zealand singer/songwriter, Neil Finn. ... Together Alone is the fourth and final studio album by Crowded House. ... Distant Sun is a 1993 song by rock group Crowded House. ... November 2001 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December November - The Doha Declaration slightly relaxes the grip of international intellectual property. ... Split Enz was a successful New Zealand band during the late 1970s and the early 1980s featuring brothers Tim Finn and Neil Finn. ... The Finn Brothers is the name of the musical project of New Zealand brothers Neil and Tim Finn. ...


Hester and Seymour reunited to play for Melbourne group Tarmac Adam in 2003.[13] In late 2003, Hester was called upon by Australian channel Music Max to host their successful Music Max's Sessions series. After a long battle with depression, Hester took his own life on March 26, 2005 at the age of 46.[12] This article is about the Australian city; the name may also refer to City of Melbourne or Melbourne city centre. ... Clinical depression (also called major depressive disorder, or unipolar depression when compared to bipolar disorder) is a state of intense sadness, melancholia or despair that has advanced to the point of being disruptive to an individuals social functioning and/or activities of daily living. ... March 26 is the 85th day of the year (86th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In November 2006, to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the farewell concert, a double CD album and a double DVD set was released. The DVD featured a newly recorded audio commentary with Finn, Seymour and Hart, all of the previously released special features (with the exception of the t-shirt released with the video in 1996) and a new documentary featuring the concert's participants and promoters.[3]


Reunion (2007–Current)

Main article: Time on Earth

After Hester's death and with the ensuing ten year anniversary of Farewell to the World, Neil Finn, Nick Seymour and Mark Hart had all reconnected with one another as a group for the first time since Farewell to the World in 1996. Through this reconnection, Finn asked Seymour to play bass for his upcoming, third solo album. Seymour agreed and the two joined with producer and drummer Ethan Johns to begin recording Finn's third album. Singles from Time on Earth Released: June 16, 2007 For the album by Hugo, see Time on Earth (Hugo album). ... Son of legendary producer, Glyn Johns (Rolling Stones, Eagles) Ethan Johns is also a music producer who has worked with such artists such as Ryan Adams, Kings of Leon, Ray LaMontagneas well as Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt and others. ...


However, through the recording process, the two eventually decided it would be better fit as a Crowded House album than a Neil Finn solo venture and so called upon Hart to return to guitar and piano. In January 2007, the group made the public announcement that they would officially reform and had recalled Mark Hart to return and would begin auditioning drummers. After twenty days of auditions, the group announced that they had decided to have former Beck drummer Matt Sherrod to join as the group's drummer on February 23, 2007. The four band members then recorded four new songs for the album, including the album's lead single "Don't Stop Now", with producer Steve Lillywhite.[7] Beck Hansen (born Bek David Campbell, July 8, 1970) is a Grammy Award-winning American musician, singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, known by his simple stage name of Beck. ... It is proposed that this article be deleted, because of the following concern: Article says nothing that couldnt be summed up at Crowded House If you can address this concern by improving, copyediting, sourcing, renaming or merging the page, please edit this page and do so. ... February 23 is the 54th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... Dont Stop Now is the first single from Australian group Crowded Houses fifth studio album Time on Earth. ... Steve Lillywhite (born in 1955) is a well-known Grammy Award winning English music producer. ...

Crowded House at Live Earth, July 2007. Picture taken by Ryan Smith.

On March 17, the band played a live gig from their rehearsal studio to about fifty fans, and broadcast the concert live online. The two and a half hour set included numerous Crowded House staples, along with a handful of new tracks, including a Dixie Chicks track co-written by Finn, "Silent House." This was followed by a "warm-up" concert at the Thekla, a moored ship in Bristol on March 19, 2007. Crowded House played at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California on April 29, 2007, performing classic songs along with songs from the new album. On July 7, 2007, they performed songs in front of thousands at Live Earth in Sydney, Australia.[14] On July 8, 2007, Neil Finn and Nick Seymour appeared on "Rove Live" and the band (including new drummer Matt Sherrod) performed "Don't Stop Now" to promote the release of their new album.[15] Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1024 × 768 pixel, file size: 527 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1024 × 768 pixel, file size: 527 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Live Earth was a series of worldwide concerts held on July 7, 2007, that initiated a three-year campaign to combat climate change and advocate environmentally-sustainable living. ... is the 76th day of the year (77th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The Dixie Chicks are a country/rock music trio from the United States comprising Emily Robison, Martie Maguire and Natalie Maines. ... Silent House is the a ballad co-written by Neil Finn with the Dixie Chicks. ... Vivian and Ki in the hold, early days The Old Profanity Showboat was a late 1982 middle-of-the-night brainchild of Ki Longfellow-Stanshall, the wife of Vivian Stanshall, one of Englands national treasures. ... This article is about the English city. ... is the 78th day of the year (79th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (commonly known as Coachella) is a three-day (formerly a one or two-day) annual music and arts festival held at the Empire Polo Fields in Indio, California. ... The Indio Fashion Mall. ... is the 119th day of the year (120th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... is the 188th day of the year (189th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... The Australian Live Earth concert was held at Aussie Stadium, Sydney on 7 July 2007, in front of around 45,000 people[1]. // Blue King Brown Toni Collette & the Finish - Children Of The Revolution Sneaky Sound System - Pictures, UFO, I Love It Ghostwriters Paul Kelly - From Little Things Big Things... is the 189th day of the year (190th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... Rove, formerly Rove Live is a Logie Award winning Australian weekly television talk show hosted by and named after Perth-born comedian Rove McManus. ...


Prior to the album's release, the lead single "Don't Stop Now" was released in Australia on June 16, 2007 and in the United Kingdom on June 25, 2007. The album release shortly followed with it being released on June 30, 2007 in Australia, July 2, 2007 in the United Kingdom and July 10, 2007 in the United States.[16] is the 167th day of the year (168th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... is the 176th day of the year (177th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... is the 181st day of the year (182nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... is the 183rd day of the year (184th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... is the 191st day of the year (192nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...


Neil Finn announced on the commentary track of the Farewell to the World DVD in 2006 that a box set of rarities would be released the next year. He specifically mentions that his demo version of "Don't Dream It's Over" will be on it. This was mentioned when he and Seymour were on Enough Rope with Andrew Denton in July 2007. Finn indicated that the release will be postponed to about 2008 or 2009 as the group is likely to re-enter the studio to record a new studio album with the new lineup before the box set is released.[2] Farewell to the World is a 1996 concert by rock group Crowded House. ... Enough Rope with Andrew Denton (or simply Enough Rope) is a television talk show broadcast on the ABC network in Australia. ... Andrew Denton on the poster for his film God On My Side Andrew Christopher Denton (born May 4, 1960) is an Australian comedian and television presenter, and is the host of the ABCs weekly interview program Enough Rope. ...


Style

Song writing and musical influences

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As the central songwriter for the band, Neil Finn's music was the driving force for the band's song catalogue. Finn has often cited artists such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and folk rock artists such as John Denver and Joan Baez. Finn has said that his mother has always been a huge musical influence to him, encouraging him from a young age to listen to a variety of different musical styles, including Irish folk singers and Maori music. Maori influences can be heard particularly in Together Alone and also in the Finn Brothers release Finn. Better Be Home Soon is a ballad by the band Crowded House released in July 1988. ... Temple Of Low Men was Crowded Houses second studio album, released in 1988. ... Dont Stop Now is the first single from Australian group Crowded Houses fifth studio album Time on Earth. ... Singles from Time on Earth Released: June 16, 2007 For the album by Hugo, see Time on Earth (Hugo album). ... It is proposed that this article be deleted, because of the following concern: Article says nothing that couldnt be summed up at Crowded House If you can address this concern by improving, copyediting, sourcing, renaming or merging the page, please edit this page and do so. ... Crowded House was an Australian/New Zealand rock group; two original members were from Australia and one was from New Zealand. ... Crowded House is Crowded Houses debut studio album, released in 1986. ... Distant Sun is a 1993 song by rock group Crowded House. ... Together Alone is the fourth and final studio album by Crowded House. ... Mark Hart (born July 2, 1953, Fort Scott, Kansas), is a multi instrumentalist best known for his stints as a member of Supertramp and Crowded House. ... Neil Mullane Finn OBE (born May 27, 1958 in Te Awamutu, New Zealand) is a singer and songwriter and one of New Zealands foremost musicians. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... “Rolling Stones” redirects here. ... John Denver (December 31, 1943 – October 12, 1997), born Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr. ... Joan Chandos Baez (born January 9, 1941) is an American folk singer and songwriter known for her highly individual vocal style. ... Together Alone is the fourth and final studio album by Crowded House. ... The Finn Brothers is the name of the musical project of New Zealand brothers Neil and Tim Finn. ...


Finn often writes lyrics in sonnet form with rhymes, similes and metaphors combined with literal descriptions. Some songs he has written have random lines, notably "Pineapple Head" from Together Alone, based on lines murmured by his younger son Elroy when he was sick and delirious with a fever as a young child. The story is often told as though it was Finn's elder son Liam who was sick, but in fact it was Elroy.[1] Pineapple Head is a 1993 song by rock group Crowded House from the groups fourth studio album Together Alone. ...


Album covers, costumes and set design

Crowded House was a follow-on group from Split Enz, a group who were known for their flair, style and set design. Crowded House adopted this concept in part, especially in the group's earlier days. Noel Crombie, Split Enz's costume and set designer, was not a member of Crowded House, so Nick Seymour, a professional artist and art school graduate, was the obvious choice to fill this role. Seymour designed or co-designed all of the album covers and co-created and designed all interior layouts. He also designed many costumes worn by the group, notably those from the cover of the group's debut album Crowded House. Split Enz was a successful New Zealand band during the late 1970s and the early 1980s featuring brothers Tim Finn and Neil Finn. ... Noel Crombie, born Geoffrey Noel Crombie (April 17, 1953) was a member of the band Split Enz, fulfilling multiple roles including costume and hair designer, onstage clown, percussion, album cover design, and music video director. ... Nick Seymour (born Nicholas More Seymour, 9 December 1958 in Benalla, Victoria, Australia) is a bass guitar player, painter, and record producer. ... Crowded House is Crowded Houses debut studio album, released in 1986. ...


Seymour also collaborated with Neil Finn and Paul Hester to design the sets for many of the groups early music videos, such as "Don't Dream It's Over" and "Better Be Home Soon". Since reuniting, Seymour has continued to maintain the visual artistic direction, again designing the album cover and designing the cover for its lead single "Don't Stop Now". His design was carried over to the music video.[2] Neil Mullane Finn OBE (born May 27, 1958 in Te Awamutu, New Zealand) is a singer and songwriter and one of New Zealands foremost musicians. ... Paul Newell Hester (January 8, 1959 – March 26, 2005) was the drummer with Split Enz and Crowded House. ... Crowded House was an Australian/New Zealand rock group; two original members were from Australia and one was from New Zealand. ... Better Be Home Soon is a ballad by the band Crowded House released in July 1988. ... Dont Stop Now is the first single from Australian group Crowded Houses fifth studio album Time on Earth. ...


Though all the album covers were by Seymour, the majority of the single covers were not. Some simply featured photographs of the band, such as "It's Only Natural" which featured a photo of the band lineup of the time with the typeset of "Crowded House" as used on the song's album Woodface. The artwork for "Pineapple Head" was created by Mental As Anything member Chris O'Doherty (commonly known as Reg Mombassa, creator of Mambo Graphics). At times during Crowded House's initial era, Mombassa and Crombie assisted Seymour creating artwork and costumes. Most notably, the set design from Farewell to the World was solely designed by Crombie, while Mombassa and Seymour designed all promotional materials and artwork.[17] Its Only Natural is a 1991 song by Australian rock group Crowded House from their 1991 album Woodface. ... Woodface was Crowded Houses third studio album, released in 1991. ... Pineapple Head is a 1993 song by rock group Crowded House from the groups fourth studio album Together Alone. ... Mental As Anything is an Australian New Wave/rock music band who, since the late 70s have released numerous albums & singles and have produced many innovative music videos. ... Reg Mombassa is the pseudonym of Chris ODoherty, a New Zealand born artist and musician resident in Australia. ... Mambo Graphics, or simply Mambo, is an Australian surfwear company, established in 1984. ... Farewell to the World is a 1996 concert by rock group Crowded House. ...


Examples of Crowded House designs

Crowded House debut album cover (1986). The jackets worn by Finn and Seymour were created in real life and worn on the initial tour that followed the album's release. Temple of Low Men album cover (1988). Features the band members painted again in unique outfits, also worn on tour.
Woodface album cover (1991). The first album cover that did not feature any band members. "It's Only Natural" single cover (1992). Features black and white photograph of Crowded House instead of a painted or sculpted cover by Seymour.
Together Alone album cover (1993). Features a sculpture carved and created by Seymour and photographed by Youri Lenquette. "Pineapple Head" single cover (1994). Artwork by Reg Mombassa in his notable Mambo Graphics style. Features a man with a pineapple shaped head.
Recurring Dream compilation album cover (1996). Features elements of all previous album covers (the red car from Together Alone and shirtless man from Crowded House, though the shirtless man is Seymour here, not Hester). Recurring Dream special edition live album cover (1996). Features a basic painting of a drum kit.
Afterglow album cover (1999). Alike Recurring Dream, featured elements of previous artwork (hills from Temple of Low Men and red curtains from Crowded House). Farewell to the World CD cover (2006). Features a one eyed animal from the initial concert programme and video cover (from 1996).
Time on Earth album cover (2007). Newspaper composited album cover with a blue dragon signifying depression eating a man (notably, deceased drummer Paul Hester who died due to depression). "Don't Stop Now" single cover (2007). Features same design principle as Time on Earth, as it is the lead single. Also features the red car that appears on the cover of Together Alone and Recurring Dream. This car also features in the song's music clip.
Screenshot from the music video for "Don't Stop Now" (2007). Features design elements by Seymour. This shot is the inside of the blue dragon, which can be seen on the single cover and the Time on Earth album cover.

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Band members

Current members

  Additional musicians:
Neil Finn Nick Seymour Mark Hart Matt Sherrod   Liam Finn

Finn in 1996

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Past members

Paul Hester Tim Finn Craig Hooper  
Former additional musicians

Hester in 1987

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  • Eddie Rayner - 1986-1989
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  • Peter Jones - 1994-1996
    • Drums, percussion and backing vocals
  • Jules Bowen - 1993-1996
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Discography

Main article: Crowded House discography
Albums
  • Crowded House
  • Less hits, lets charge more
  • Cash-in
  • Low profit
  • Big budget best of compilation to rake in the bucks
  • Expensive unreleased shit
  • Free concert, on DVD for full price
  • Cash-back
International Top 20 Singles
  • "Money, thats what I want"
  • "All you need is cash"
  • "Cash cash cash"
  • "Chocolate cash"
  • "Cash for Your Feet"
  • "Always Take your cash With You (never leave home without it)"
  • "It's only poverty"
  • "Distant Bank"
  • "Cashed Out"
  • "Cash is Good for You"
  • "Instinctively cash"
  • "Not worth the cash You Think You Are"
  • "Don't pay now (comeback single)"
  • "Even a banker"

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Awards

Main article: List of Crowded House awards

Crowded House has won several awards internationally. In Australia, the group has won eleven ARIA Awards from 26 nominations, including being the first ever winner of the Best New Talent award in 1987, the ceremony's first year. Notably, the majority of the awards were won in the band's earlier years from their first two albums, Crowded House and Temple of Low Men.[18] The group has also been nominated for eleven APRA Awards, including the New Zealand Silver Scroll for "Don't Stop Now" in 2007, and the group has won eight of the eleven with "Don't Dream It's Over" being named the seventh best Australian song of all time in 2001.[19] In 1987, Crowded House won the American MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist for their song "Don't Dream It's Over", which was also nominated for three other awards.[6] This is a list of awards won by Australian band Crowded House. ... The Australian Recording Industry Association Music Awards (commonly known as ARIA Music Awards or ARIA Awards) is an annual awards night celebrating the Australian music industry, put on by the Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA). ... Crowded House is Crowded Houses debut studio album, released in 1986. ... Temple Of Low Men was Crowded Houses second studio album, released in 1988. ... The APRA Awards are several award ceremonies run in Australia and New Zealand by Australasian Performing Right Association to recognise songwriting skills, sales and airplay performance by its members annually. ... Dont Stop Now is the first single from Australian group Crowded Houses fifth studio album Time on Earth. ... Crowded House was an Australian/New Zealand rock group; two original members were from Australia and one was from New Zealand. ... The MTV Video Music Awards were established in 1984 by MTV to celebrate the top music videos of the year. ...


See also

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Publications and references

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s Bourke, Chris (1997). Something So Strong. Macmillan Australia. 
  2. ^ a b c d Denton, Andrew. Refer to Enough Rope. Airdate 16 July 2007 on ABC, Australia. Interview transcript: ENOUGH ROPE with Andrew Denton - Episode 139. Retrieved 15 August 2007.
  3. ^ a b c Hepworth, David (2006). Farewell to the World CD liner notes. Parlophone. 
  4. ^ a b c d Moxon, Mark. BBC - h2g2 - Neil Finn and Crowded House. Released 18 January 2002. Retrieved 15 August 2007.
  5. ^ Crowded House - Time on Earth. Retrieved on 2007-08-19.
  6. ^ a b MTV, MTV Award 1987. Retrieved 8 August 2007.
  7. ^ a b Year in Review: 2007; Page 11. Retrieved on 2007-07-19.
  8. ^ 100% Pure New Zealand campaign, featuring "Don't Dream It's Over. Retrieved on 2007-08-13.
  9. ^ Wikipedia contributors, "Four Seasons In One Day". Retrieved August 15, 2007.
  10. ^ PSB Records. Nada Sonata - Mark Hart. Retrieved 15 August 2007.
  11. ^ Amazon. Amazon.com: The Wiggles - Wiggly Safari. Retrived 15 August 2007.
  12. ^ a b Bernard Zuel, Nassim Khadem, Patrick Donovan and James Button. Farewell to the clown prince - music - www.smh.com.au. Retrieved 15 August 2007.
  13. ^ Tarmac Adam. tarmac adam. Retrieved 15 August 2007.
  14. ^ Live Earth Venue: Aussie Stadium, Sydney. Retrieved on 2007-08-13.
  15. ^ Rove Daily. Retrieved on 2007-08-13.
  16. ^ Johnny Marr on Crowded House Reunion Album. Pitchfork Media (April 25, 2007). Retrieved on 2007-08-13.
  17. ^ Crowded House, Farewell to the World End Credits. Released December 1996. Retrieved 4 August 2007.
  18. ^ Crowded House ARIA Awards. ARIA Awards. Retrieved on 2007-08-07.
  19. ^ APRA Music Awards - Top Ten. Retrieved 7 August 2007.
  • Twomey, Chris and Doole, Kerry, Crowded House: Private Universe, Omnibus Pr, 1998, ISBN 0-7119-4816-X
  • Dix, John, Stranded in Paradise: New Zealand Rock and Roll, 1955 to the Modern Era, Penguin Books, 2005, ISBN 0-14-301953-8

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External links

  • Crowded House Official website
  • Official MySpace
  • Crowded House Official Fanclub site at Frenz.com
  • Tongue in the mail mailing list Subscription page

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