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Melbourne, Australia (1986 – 1996, 2007 – present)

Crowded House is a rock group formed in 1985 in Melbourne, Australia and led by New Zealand musician and singer-songwriter Neil Finn. The band were originally active from 1986 to 1996 before deciding to split up. In 2007, the band reunited to record and tour again.

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. 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.

Bursting onto the international scene in 1987 with Don’t Dream It’s Over from the album Crowded House, the band seemed destined for greatness. However, despite eking out one more hit from the album, Something So Strong, the follow up Temple Of Low Men failed to repeat its commercial success, despite critical acclaim.

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  • vsevoldo

    One hit wonder, but sexy.

    17 May 10:36pm Reply
  • hectorlopezt

    Don't Dream It's Over ♥ [2]

    12 Nov 2014 Reply
  • chadderack

    Go check "Say that again" by Crowded House. You're welcome.

    5 Nov 2014 Reply
  • cadavreflex

    i will run from shelter; endless winter lift the curse ♥

    10 May 2014 Reply
  • marjo47

    good New Wave song.

    22 Apr 2014 Reply
  • AlienElen

    Чудесная,нежная музыка...

    8 Mar 2014 Reply
  • hollsam

    Even though Neil Finn is a Kiwi, the rest of the original band were Aussie and they began playing in Melbourne so considered an Aussie band

    15 Feb 2014 Reply
  • hollsam

    Distant Sun!

    15 Feb 2014 Reply
  • alisiya_

    4 Jan 2014 Reply
  • tizet

    awesome band!!

    17 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Cat_007

    The best The amazing The One!

    4 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Khalysto

    Don't Dream It's Over ♥

    20 Oct 2013 Reply
  • fabioestefano

    Better Be Home Soon ♥

    15 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Flowergatherer

    I adore Fingers of Love!

    12 Jul 2013 Reply
  • KingsAndQueen

    It was sort of funny to see they were among Dave Mustaine's preferred stuff, but hey, this ain't bad :)

    25 Jun 2013 Reply
  • MissSarahD

    Best childhood memory of dancing to 'Farewell to the World' on telly with my dad :)

    22 Apr 2013 Reply
  • My_Sharona

    noone can make music like this anymore [2] i miss the 80's and 90's :-*(

    26 Jan 2013 Reply
  • SeventhTime

    Only used to be familar with the singles, now listened to the first 2 albums, both great. Looking forward to Woodface and Together Alone

    13 Jan 2013 Reply
  • amaroK_usr

    No, each song on their albums are generally of similar quality. Woodface and Together Alone are my favourite CH albums, it's hard to pick a best song from either of those.

    10 Jan 2013 Reply
  • _lazarus_

    I only own a 'best of' compilation by them. Is it worth it to get more of their music, or are they really just a singles band?

    30 Dec 2012 Reply
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