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Crowded House
Crowded House
are a rock band formed in Melbourne, Australia, in 1985. The founding members were New Zealander Neil Finn
Neil Finn
(vocalist, guitarist, primary songwriter) and Australians Paul Hester
Paul Hester
(drums) and Nick Seymour
Nick Seymour
(bass). Later band members included Neil Finn's brother, Tim Finn, and Americans Mark Hart
Mark Hart
and Matt Sherrod.[1][2] Originally active from 1985 to 1996, the band had consistent commercial and critical success in Australia and New Zealand[3][4][5] and international chart success in two phases, beginning with their self-titled debut album, 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".[6][7] Further international success came in the UK, Europe and South Africa with their third and fourth albums, Woodface
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
Tim Finn
were each awarded an OBE in June 1993, for their contribution to the music of New Zealand.[10] Founding drummer Hester left in May 1994 citing family reasons, but briefly returned for their "Farewell to the World" concerts in Melbourne and Sydney in 1996.[1] Neil Finn
Neil Finn
had decided to end the band to concentrate on his solo career and the Finn Brothers
Finn Brothers
project with Tim.[1] On 26 March 2005 Hester died by suicide, aged 46.[11] In 2006 the group re-formed with a new drummer Matt Sherrod
Matt Sherrod
and released two further albums (in 2007 and 2010), both of which reached number one on Australia's album chart.[4] As of July 2010 the group has sold 10 million albums.[12] In November 2016 they were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame.[13]

Contents

1 History

1.1 Formation and name change (1984–1986) 1.2 Early albums (1986–1990) 1.3 Early nineties (1991–1994) 1.4 Saying farewell (1994–1996) 1.5 Between farewell and reunion (1996–2006) 1.6 Reunion and Time on Earth
Time on Earth
(2006–2009) 1.7 Intriguer
Intriguer
and current status (2009–present)

2 Style

2.1 Songwriting and musical influences 2.2 Album covers, costumes and set design

3 Members 4 Discography 5 Awards 6 See also 7 Further reading 8 References 9 External links

History[edit] Neil Finn
Neil Finn
(vocals, guitar, piano) and drummer Paul Hester
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
Neil Finn
is the younger brother of Split Enz
Split Enz
founding member Tim Finn, who joined Crowded House
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 the now defunct Australian rock group Hunters & Collectors.[8] Formation and name change (1984–1986)[edit] Main articles: Split Enz
Split Enz
and The Mullanes Finn and Hester decided to form a new band during the first Split Enz farewell tour, "Enz with a Bang", in late 1984.[1] Seymour approached Finn during the after party for the Melbourne show and asked if he could audition for the new band.[8] The Mullanes formed in Melbourne in early 1985 with Finn, Hester, Seymour and guitarist Craig Hooper (ex-The Reels) and first performed on 11 June.[1] They secured a record contract with Capitol Records, but Hooper left the band before the remaining trio moved to Los Angeles to record their debut album.[1][14] At Capitol's behest, the band's name was changed to Crowded House, which alluded to the lack of space at the small Hollywood Hills
Hollywood Hills
house they shared during the recording of the album Crowded House.[1][14][15] Former Split Enz
Split Enz
keyboardist Eddie Rayner produced the track "Can't Carry On" and was asked to join the band. He toured with them in 1988, but was unable to become a full member due to family commitments.

Early albums (1986–1990)[edit] Main articles: Crowded House (album)
Crowded House (album)
and Temple of Low Men

Crowded House, San Francisco, April 1987. L to R: Paul Hester, Neil Finn, Nick Seymour.

Thanks to their Split Enz
Split Enz
connection, the newly formed Crowded House had an established Australasian fanbase.[1] They began by playing at festivals in Australia and New Zealand and released their debut album, Crowded House, in June 1986.[1] Capitol Records
Capitol Records
initially failed to see the band's potential and gave them only low-key promotion,[8] forcing the band to play at small venues to try and gain attention. The album's first single, "Mean to Me", reached the Australian Kent Music Report Singles Chart top 30 in June.[3] It failed to chart in the US,[6] but moderate American airplay introduced US listeners to the group. A single, "Don't Dream It's Over", was released in December 1986 and proved an international hit, reaching number two on the US Billboard Hot 100[6] and number one in Canada.[16] New Zealand radio stations initially gave the song little support until months later when it became successful internationally.[citation needed] Ultimately, the song reached number one on the New Zealand singles chart and number eight in Australia.[3][5] It remains the group's most commercially successful song. In March 1987, the group were awarded "Best New Talent", along with "Song of the Year" and "Best Video" awards for "Don't Dream It's Over" at the inaugural ARIA Music Awards.[17] The video also earned the group the MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist
MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist
that year.[18] The song has often been covered by other artists and gave Paul Young a hit single in 1991. It was also used for a New Zealand Tourism Board advertisement in its "100% Pure New Zealand" worldwide promotion from October 2005.[19] In May 2001, "Don't Dream it's Over" was voted seventh in a poll of the best Australian songs of all time by the Australasian Performing Rights Association.[20]

The band at the Montreux
Montreux
Pop Festival, May 1988. L to R: Seymour, Finn, Hester.

In June 1987, a year after its release, Crowded House
Crowded House
finally reached number one on the Kent Music Report
Kent Music Report
Album Charts.[3] It also reached number three in New Zealand[5] and number twelve on the US Billboard album chart.[7] The follow-up to "Don't Dream it's Over", "Something So Strong", was another global smash, reaching the Top 10 in New Zealand,[5] America,[6] and Canada. "World Where You Live" and "Now We're Getting Somewhere" were also released as singles with chart success.[3][6][8] As the band's primary songwriter, Neil Finn
Neil Finn
was under pressure to create a second album to match their debut and the band joked that one potential title for the new release was Mediocre Follow-Up.[8] Eventually titled Temple of Low Men, their second album was released in July 1988 with strong promotion by Capitol Records. The album did not fare as well as their debut in the US, only reaching number 40,[7] but it achieved Australasian success, reaching number one in Australia[4] and number two in New Zealand.[5] The first single "Better Be Home Soon" peaked at number two on both Australian and New Zealand singles charts[4][5] and reached top 50 in the US,[6] though the following four singles were less successful.[4][5] Crowded House undertook a short tour of Australia and Canada to promote the album, with Eddie Rayner on keyboards. Multi-instrumentalist Mark Hart, who would eventually become a full band member, replaced Rayner in January 1989. After the tour, Finn fired Seymour from the band.[2] Music journalist Ed Nimmervoll claimed that Seymour's temporary departure was because Finn blamed him for causing his writer's block;[14] however, Finn cited "artistic differences" as the reason.[2] Seymour said that after a month he contacted Finn and they agreed that he would return to the band.[2] Early nineties (1991–1994)[edit] Main articles: Tim Finn, Woodface, and Together Alone

Multi-instrumentalist Mark Hart

Crowded House
Crowded House
took a break after the Canadian leg of the Temple of Low Men tour. Neil Finn
Neil Finn
and his brother Tim recorded songs they had co-written for their own album, Finn.[8] Following the recording sessions with Tim, Neil began writing and recording a third Crowded House album with Hester and Seymour, but these tracks were rejected by the record company, so Neil asked Tim if Crowded House
Crowded House
could use the Finn songs. Tim jokingly agreed on the proviso that he become a member, which Neil apparently took literally. With Tim as an official member, the band returned to the studio. The new tracks, as well as some from the previously rejected recordings were combined to make Woodface, which was released in July 1991. The album features eight tracks co-written by Neil and Tim,[8] which feature the brothers harmonising on lead vocals, except on the sombre "All I Ask" on which Tim sang lead. The track was later used on AIDS awareness commercials in Australia.[8] Five of the album's tracks were Neil's solo compositions and two were by Hester, the exuberant "Italian Plastic", which became a crowd favourite at concerts[8] and the hidden track "I'm Still Here". "Chocolate Cake", a humorous comment on American excesses that was not taken well by some US critics and sections of the American public, was released in June 1991 as the first single. Perhaps unsurprisingly it failed to chart in the US, however it reached number two on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart.[6] The song peaked at number seven in New Zealand and reached the top 20 in Australia.[4][5] The second single, "Fall at Your Feet", was less successful in Australia and New Zealand but did at least reach the US Hot 100.[6] The album reached number one in New Zealand,[5] number two in Australia,[4] number six in the UK[21][22] and made the top 20 in several European countries.[23][24][25] The third single from Woodface, "Weather With You", peaked at No. 7 in early 1992 giving the band their highest UK chart placement. By contrast, the album had limited success in the US, only reaching number 83 on the Billboard 200
Billboard 200
Album Chart.[7] Tim Finn
Tim Finn
left Crowded House
Crowded House
during the Woodface
Woodface
tour in November 1991, part-way through the UK leg.[1] Performances on this tour, at the Town and Country Club in London, were recorded live and given a limited release in Australia, while individual songs from those shows were released as B-sides of singles in some countries.[26] In June 1993 the New Zealand Government recommended that the Queen award an OBE to Neil and Tim Finn
Tim Finn
for their contribution to the music of New Zealand.[10] For their fourth album, Together Alone, Crowded House
Crowded House
used producer Martin Glover (aka "Youth") and invited touring musician Mark Hart (guitar and keyboards) to become a permanent band member.[1][14] The album was recorded at Karekare Beach, New Zealand, which gave its name to the opening track, "Kare Kare". The album was released in October 1993 and sold well internationally on the strength of lead single "Distant Sun" and followup "Private Universe". It topped the New Zealand Album Chart,[5] reached number 2 in Australia[4] and number 4 in the UK.[21] "Locked Out" was the album's first US single and received airplay on MTV and VH1. This track and "My Sharona" by The Knack, which were both included the soundtrack of the film Reality Bites, were bundled together on a jukebox single to promote the film soundtrack.[8] Saying farewell (1994–1996)[edit] Main articles: Finn (album), Recurring Dream, and Farewell to the World

Crowded House
Crowded House
at the Café De Kroon, Amsterdam, June 1996. Neil Finn (left) and Mark Hart

Crowded House
Crowded House
were midway through a US tour when Paul Hester
Paul Hester
quit the band on 15 April 1994.[14] He flew home to Melbourne to await the birth of his first child and indicated that he required more time with his family.[1][14] Wally Ingram, drummer for support act Sheryl Crow, temporarily filled in[14] until a replacement, Peter Jones (ex-Harem Scarem, Vince Jones, Kate Ceberano's Septet) was found.[1] After the tour, the Finn Brothers
Finn Brothers
released their album Finn in November 1995. In June 1996, at a press conference to announce the release of their greatest hits album Recurring Dream, Neil revealed that Crowded House were to disband. The June 1996 concerts in Europe and Canada were to be their final performances.[8] Recurring Dream
Recurring Dream
contained four songs from each of the band's studio albums, along with three new songs. The album debuted at number one in Australia,[4] New Zealand[5] and the UK[21] in July 1996. Early copies included a bonus CD of live material. The album's three new songs, which were released as singles, were "Instinct", "Not the Girl You Think You Are" and "Everything Is Good for You", which featured backing vocals from Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder. Paul Hester
Paul Hester
returned to the band to play drums on the three new tracks.[27] Worried that their goodbye had been too low-key and had disregarded their home fans, the band performed the Farewell to the World
Farewell to the World
concert on the steps of the Sydney Opera House
Sydney Opera House
on 24 November 1996, which raised funds for the Sydney Children's Hospital. The concert featured the line-up of Neil Finn, Nick Seymour, Mark Hart
Mark Hart
and Paul Hester. Tim Finn and Peter Jones both made guest appearances. Support bands on the day were Custard, Powderfinger
Powderfinger
and You Am I. The concert had one of the highest live audiences in Australian history with the crowd being estimated at between 120,000 and 250,000 people.[8][28] Farewell to the World was released on VHS in December 1996. In 2007, a double CD and a DVD were issued as to commemorate the concert's tenth anniversary. The DVD featured newly recorded audio commentary by Finn, Hart and Seymour and other new bonus material.[28] Between farewell and reunion (1996–2006)[edit] Main articles: Afterglow ( Crowded House
Crowded House
album), Deadstar, 7 Worlds Collide, Everyone Is Here, and Tarmac Adam

Paul Hester
Paul Hester
(1959–2005).

Following the 1996 break-up of Crowded House, the members embarked upon a variety of projects. Neil Finn
Neil Finn
released two solo studio albums, Try Whistling This
Try Whistling This
(1998) and One Nil
One Nil
(2001), as well as two live albums, Sessions at West 54th (2000) and 7 Worlds Collide
7 Worlds Collide
(2001). 7 Worlds Collide saw him performing with guest musicians including Eddie Vedder, Johnny Marr, Ed O'Brien
Ed O'Brien
and Phil Selway
Phil Selway
of Radiohead, Tim Finn, Sebastian Steinberg, Lisa Germano
Lisa Germano
and Betchadupa (featuring his son Liam Finn). A double CD and DVD of the shows were released in November 2001. Tim Finn
Tim Finn
had resumed his solo career after leaving the group in 1992 and he also worked with Neil on a second Finn Brothers
Finn Brothers
album, Everyone Is Here, which was released in 2004. Paul Hester
Paul Hester
joined The Finn Brothers on stage for three songs at their Palais Theatre show in Melbourne at the end of 2004. Nick Seymour
Nick Seymour
also joined them on stage in Dublin, where he was living, in 2004. Peter Jones and Nick Seymour joined Australian group Deadstar
Deadstar
for their second album, Milk, in 1997. Seymour later worked as a record producer in Dublin, producing Irish group Bell X1's debut album, Neither Am I
Neither Am I
in 2000. Mark Hart rejoined Supertramp
Supertramp
in the late 1990s and later toured with Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band. In 2001 he released a solo album, Nada Sonata.[29] Paul Hester
Paul Hester
worked with children's entertainers The Wiggles, playing "Paul the Cook".[30] He also had his own ABC show Hessie's Shed in Australia from late 1997.[1] He formed the band Largest Living Things,[1] which was the name rejected by Capitol Records
Capitol Records
in favour of Crowded House.[11] It was on Hessie's Shed that Finn, Hester and Seymour last shared a stage, on an episode filmed as part of Finn's promotion for his solo album Try Whistling This
Try Whistling This
in 1998. Finn and Hester performed "Not the Girl You Think You Are" with Largest Living Things, before being joined by Seymour for "Sister Madly" and a version of Paul Kelly's "Leaps and Bounds", which also featured Kelly on vocals. In late 2003, Hester hosted the series Music Max's Sessions. Hester and Seymour were reunited when they both joined singer-songwriter Matt O'Donnell's Melbourne-based group Tarmac Adam.[31] The band released one album, 2003's Handheld Torch, which was produced by Seymour. In May 1999 Crowded House
Crowded House
issued a compilation of unreleased songs, Afterglow, which included the track "Recurring Dream", recorded when the group were still called The Mullanes and included Craig Hooper on guitar.[1] The album's liner notes included information about the songs, written by music journalist David Hepworth. Some limited-release versions included a second CD with songwriting commentary by Finn. The liner notes confirmed that Crowded House
Crowded House
had no plans to reunite at that time.[1] A 2003 compilation album, Classic Masters, was released only in the US, while 2005 saw the release of the album She Will Have Her Way, a collection of cover versions of Crowded House, Split Enz, Tim Finn
Tim Finn
and Finn Brothers
Finn Brothers
songs by Australasian female artists. The album reached the top 5 in Australia and New Zealand.[32] On 26 March 2005 Paul Hester
Paul Hester
was found dead, after hanging himself from a tree in a park near his home in Melbourne. He was 46 years old. His obituary in The Sydney Morning Herald
The Sydney Morning Herald
stated that he had fought "a long battle with depression."[11] Following the news of Hester's death, Nick Seymour
Nick Seymour
joined The Finn Brothers
Finn Brothers
on stage at the Royal Albert Hall
Royal Albert Hall
in London, where the three played in memory of Paul. A snare drum with a top hat on it stood at the front of the stage as a tribute.[33] Writing in 2010 Neil Finn
Neil Finn
said, "When we lost Paul it was like someone pulled the rug out from underneath everything, a terrible jolt out of the dark blue. He was the best drummer I had ever played with and for many years, my closest friend."[34] Reunion and Time on Earth
Time on Earth
(2006–2009)[edit] Main articles: Time on Earth
Time on Earth
and Matt Sherrod

Matt Sherrod, Dublin, 2007.

In 2006 Neil Finn
Neil Finn
asked Nick Seymour
Nick Seymour
to play bass on his third solo album. Seymour agreed and the two joined up with producer and multi-instrumentalist Ethan Johns
Ethan Johns
to begin recording.[14] As the recording sessions progressed it was decided that the album would be issued under the Crowded House
Crowded House
band name, rather than as a Neil Finn solo album. In January 2007, the group publicly announced their reformation and on 23 February, after 20 days of auditions, former Beck
Beck
drummer Matt Sherrod
Matt Sherrod
joined Finn, Seymour and Mark Hart
Mark Hart
to complete the new line up.[14] As Sherrod and Hart had not participated in the initial sessions, four new tracks were recorded with producer Steve Lillywhite
Steve Lillywhite
including the album's first single "Don't Stop Now".[14] On 17 March 2007 the band played a live show at their rehearsal studio in front of around fifty fans, friends and family. The performance was streamed live as a webcast. The two-and-a-half-hour set included some new tracks, including "Silent House" co-written by Finn with the Dixie Chicks. A concert onboard The Thekla, moored in Bristol, followed on 19 March. Crowded House
Crowded House
played at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe, Arizona on 26 April as a warm-up for their appearance at the Coachella Festival on 29 April in Indio, California. They also played at the Australian Live Earth concert in Sydney on 7 July. The next day, Finn and Seymour were interviewed on Rove Live and the band, with Hart and Sherrod, performed "Don't Stop Now" to promote the new album, which was titled Time on Earth. The single was a minor hit in Australia[4] and the UK.[21] The album was released worldwide in June and July. It topped the album chart in New Zealand[5] and made number 2 in Australia[4] and number 3 in the UK.[21] On 6 December 2008 Crowded House
Crowded House
played the Homebake
Homebake
festival in Sydney, with warm up gigs at small venues in Hobart, Melbourne and Sydney. For these shows the band were augmented by multi-instrumentalist Don McGlashan
Don McGlashan
and Neil's younger son, Elroy Finn, on guitar. On 14 March 2009 the band joined Neil's older son, Liam Finn, on stage for three songs at the Sound Relief
Sound Relief
concert in Melbourne. Intriguer
Intriguer
and current status (2009–present)[edit] Main articles: Intriguer, The Very Very Best of Crowded House, and He Will Have His Way

Nick Seymour, Barcelona, October 2007.

Crowded House
Crowded House
began recording their follow-up to Time on Earth
Time on Earth
in April 2009, at Finn's own Roundhead Studios. The album, Intriguer, was produced by Jim Scott who had worked on The Sun Came Out
The Sun Came Out
by Neil's 7 Worlds Collide project. In August 2009, Finn travelled to Los Angeles to record some overdubs at Jim Scott's Los Angeles studio before they began mixing tracks. The album was released in June 2010, in time for the band's appearance at the West Coast Blues & Roots Festival near Perth. Finn stated that the album contains some, "Unexpected twists and turns" and some songs that, "Sound like nothing we've done before."[35] Intriguer
Intriguer
topped the Australian album chart,[4] reached number 3 in New Zealand[5] and number 12 in the UK.[21] Crowded House
Crowded House
undertook an extensive world tour in 2010 in support of Intriguer. This was the first album where the band regularly interacted with fans via the internet on their own re-launched website, Twitter and Facebook. The band sold recordings of the shows on the Intriguer
Intriguer
tour on USB flash drives and made individual live tracks available for free download. The band's final concert was at the A Day on the Green festival in Auckland on 27 February 2011.[36] A new compilation album, The Very Very Best of Crowded House, was released in October 2010 to celebrate the band's 25th anniversary.[37] It includes 19 of the band's greatest hits and is also available in a box set with a 25 track DVD of their music videos. A deluxe digital version, available for download only, has 32 tracks including a rare 1987 live recording of the band's version of the Hunters & Collectors song "Throw Your Arms Around Me". No mention of this album has been made on the band's official website or Twitter page, which suggests that they are not involved with its release. Following the success of the album She Will Have Her Way
She Will Have Her Way
in 2005, a second album of cover versions of Finn Brothers
Finn Brothers
songs (including numerous Crowded House
Crowded House
songs) was released on 12 November 2010. Entitled He Will Have His Way, all tracks on this album are performed by Australasian male artists.[38] In November 2011, there was an Australian tour by various artists involved with the "She Will Have Her Way" and "He Will Have His Way" projects, including Paul Dempsey, Clare Bowditch, Seeker Lover Keeper (Sarah Blasko, Sally Seltmann
Sally Seltmann
and Holly Throsby), Alexander Gow (Oh Mercy) and Lior.[39] Former Crowded House
Crowded House
drummer Peter Jones died from brain cancer on 18 May 2012 aged 49. A statement issued by the band described him as, "A warm-hearted, funny and talented man, who was a valuable member of Crowded House."[40] In September 2015, the song " Help Is Coming" from the Afterglow album, was released as a download and limited edition 7" single to raise money for the charity Save the Children. The B-side, "Anthem", was a previously unreleased track that was initially recorded in 1995, with the final vocal added in 2015. The money will be used to provide shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene for refugees in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq. Neil Finn
Neil Finn
said of " Help Is Coming"..."It was always a song about refugees, even if at the time I was thinking about the immigrants setting off on ships from Europe to America, looking for a better life for their families. There is such a huge scale and urgency to the current refugee crises that barely a day goes by without some crushing image or news account to confront us. We can't be silent any more."[41] In 2016, Neil Finn
Neil Finn
mentioned in an interview with the Dutch newspaper Volkskrant
Volkskrant
that Crowded House
Crowded House
are on hiatus.[42] Later that year, he and Seymour announced a series of concerts at the Sydney Opera House to mark the 20th anniversary of the Farewell to the World
Farewell to the World
show (24 Nov 1996). The band performed four shows, 24–27 November 2016.[43] Around the same time, each of the band's 7 studio albums (including the rarities collection Afterglow) was reissued in deluxe 2-CD format with bonus tracks including demos, live recordings, alternate mixes, b-sides and outtakes. Style[edit]

Better Be Home Soon

The first single from Temple of Low Men
Temple of Low Men
(1988).

Don't Stop Now

The first single from Time on Earth
Time on Earth
(2007) and the first to feature Matt Sherrod.

Don't Dream It's Over

The group's most successful international single, taken from Crowded House (1986).

Distant Sun

The first single from Together Alone (1993), and the first to feature Mark Hart.

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Songwriting and musical influences[edit] As the primary songwriter for the band, Neil Finn
Neil Finn
has always set the tone for the band's sound. Allmusic said that Finn "has consistently proven his knack for crafting high-quality songs that combine irresistible melodies with meticulous lyrical detail."[44] Neil's brother Tim was an early and important musical influence. Neil first saw Tim play with Split Enz
Split Enz
in 1972, and said "that performance and those first songs made a lasting impression on me."[45] His mother was another significant musical influence, encouraging him to listen to a variety of genres, including Irish folk music and Māori music. She would play piano at family parties and encourage Neil and Tim to accompany her. Album covers, costumes and set design[edit] Bassist Nick Seymour, who is also an artist, designed or co-designed all of the band's album covers and interior artwork. He also designed some of the costumes worn by the group, notably those from the cover of the group's debut album Crowded House. Seymour collaborated with Finn and Hester on the set design of some of their early music videos, including "Don't Dream It's Over" and "Better Be Home Soon". Since the band reunited, Seymour has again designed their album covers.[2] The majority of the covers for the band's singles were not designed by Seymour. The artwork for "Pineapple Head" was created by Reg Mombassa of Mental As Anything. For the first four albums Mombassa and Noel Crombie, who had been the main designer of Split Enz's artwork, assisted Seymour in creating sets and costumes. For the Farewell to the World concerts Crombie designed the set, while Mombassa and Seymour designed promotional materials and artwork.[46] Members[edit]

Last lineup

Neil Finn
Neil Finn
– vocals, guitars, keyboards, piano (1985–1996, 2006–2010, 2016) Nick Seymour
Nick Seymour
– bass, backing vocals (1985–1996, 2006–2010, 2016) Mark Hart
Mark Hart
– guitars, keyboards, backing vocals (1992-1996, 2007–2010, 2016; touring member 1989-1992) Matt Sherrod
Matt Sherrod
– drums, percussion, backing vocals (2007–2010, 2016)

Former members

Paul Hester
Paul Hester
– drums, percussion, keyboards, backing vocals (1985–1994, 1996; died 2005) Tim Finn
Tim Finn
– vocals, guitars, keyboards, piano (1990–1991; guest appearance – 1996 and 2016) Peter Jones – drums, backing vocals (1994–1996; guest appearance – 1996; died 2012)

Touring musicians

Gill Civil – keyboards (1986) Miffy Smith - keyboards (1986; U.K. and Europe) Eddie Rayner – keyboards (1987, 1988) Mike Gubb – keyboards (1988) Jules Bowen – keyboards (1994–96) Liam Finn
Liam Finn
– guitars, keyboards, backing vocals (2007–2008) Davey Lane – guitars, keyboards, backing vocals (2007) Elroy Finn - guitars (2008, 2016) Don McGlashan
Don McGlashan
- guitars, keyboards, mandolin, euphonium, vocals (2008) Harper Finn - keyboards (2016)

Timeline

Discography[edit] Main article: Crowded House
Crowded House
discography

Studio albums

Crowded House
Crowded House
(1986) Temple of Low Men
Temple of Low Men
(1988) Woodface
Woodface
(1991) Together Alone (1993) Time on Earth
Time on Earth
(2007) Intriguer
Intriguer
(2010)

Awards[edit] Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Crowded House Crowded House
Crowded House
has won several national and international awards. In Australia, the group has won eleven ARIA Awards from 26 nominations, including the inaugural Best New Talent award in 1987.[17] The majority of their ARIAs were awarded for their first two albums, Crowded House
Crowded House
and Temple of Low Men.[17] They won eight APRA Awards from eleven nominations and were nominated for The New Zealand Silver Scroll for "Don't Stop Now" in 2007.[47] "Don't Dream It's Over" was named the seventh best Australian song of all time in 2001.[20] In 1987, Crowded House
Crowded House
won the American MTV Video Music Award
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.[18] In 1994, the group was named International Group of the Year at the BRIT Awards.[48] In 2009, "Don't Dream It's Over" was ranked number fifty on the Triple J Hottest 100 of All Time, voted by the Australian public.[49] In November 2016 Crowded House
Crowded House
were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame, 30 years after their formation. See also[edit]

Music of Australia
Music of Australia
portal

Music of Australia Music of New Zealand Split Enz

Further reading[edit]

Dix, John (2005) [1988]. Stranded in Paradise: New Zealand Rock and Roll, 1955 to the Modern Era (Revised ed.). Auckland, New Zealand: Penguin Books. ISBN 0-14-301953-8. [50] Doole, Kerry; Twomey, Chris (1996). Crowded House: Private Universe. London, UK: Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-4816-X. [51] Bourke, Chris (1997). Crowded House: Something So Strong. South Melbourne, Victoria: Macmillan. ISBN 0-7329-0886-8.  Chunn, Mike, Stranger Than Fiction: The Life and Times of Split Enz, GP Publications, 1992. ISBN 1-86956-050-7 Chunn, Mike, Stranger Than Fiction: The Life and Times of Split Enz, (revised, ebook edition), Hurricane Press, 2013. ISBN 978-0-9922556-3-3

References[edit]

General

Bourke, Chris (1997). Crowded House: Something So Strong. South Melbourne, Victoria: Macmillan Publishers. ISBN 0-7329-0886-8. Retrieved 17 December 2009.  McFarlane, Ian (1999). "Encyclopedia entry for Crowded House". Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. St Leonards, New South Wales: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86508-072-1. Archived from the original on 6 April 2004. Retrieved 11 December 2009. 

Specific

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Neil Finn
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