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Temple of Low Men
Temple of Low Men
is the second studio album by the band Crowded House, which was released in July 1988. The three band members: Paul Hester on drums and backing vocals; Neil Finn
Neil Finn
on lead vocals and lead guitar; and Nick Seymour
Nick Seymour
on bass guitar and backing vocals recorded the album in both Melbourne and Los Angeles with Mitchell Froom as producer for Capitol Records. Finn had written all ten tracks during the two years since their self-titled debut. Temple of Low Men
Temple of Low Men
peaked at number one in Australia, number two in New Zealand, number ten in Canada and number 40 on the Billboard 200
Billboard 200
in the United States. It provided five singles, "Better Be Home Soon" (July 1988), "When You Come" (August), "Into Temptation" (December), "Sister Madly" (1989), and "I Feel Possessed" (January 1990). In most markets the highest charting was "Better Be Home Soon". Additionally an album track, "Never Be the Same", appeared on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. At the ARIA Music Awards of 1989 the group won four categories: Album
of the Year and Best Group for Temple of Low Men; Best Cover Art for Seymour's work; and Song of the Year for "Better Be Home Soon".


1 Background 2 Composition and recording 3 Reception 4 Track listing

4.1 2016 reissue 4.2 Crowded House 4.3 Additional musicians 4.4 Production

5 Charts

5.1 Album 5.2 Singles

6 References 7 External links


The band at the Montreux
Pop Festival, May 1988. L to R: Nick Seymour, Neil Finn, Paul Hester. Two months later they released their second album, Temple of Low Men.

Crowded House
Crowded House
and Neil Finn, as their main songwriter, were under pressure to create a second album to match their self-titled debut from June 1986; the band joked that one potential title for the new release was Mediocre Follow-Up.[1] Eventually titled Temple of Low Men, their second album was released in July 1988 with strong promotion by Capitol Records. Crowded House
Crowded House
undertook a short tour of Australia and Canada to promote the album, with Eddie Rayner (former Split Enz
Split Enz
bandmate of Hester and Finn) as a touring member on keyboards. Multi-instrumentalist Mark Hart
Mark Hart
(ex-Supertramp) 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,[3] 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] Composition and recording[edit] Neil Finn
Neil Finn
wrote all ten tracks for Temple of Low Men
Temple of Low Men
during the two years since their first album.[4] It was produced by Mitchell Froom, recorded by Tchad Blake and mixed by Bob Clearmountain. The cover was created by Seymour. The lyric 'Tongue in the Mail' from the track "Love This Life" gave its name to the band's official mailing list. Reception[edit]

Professional ratings

Review scores

Source Rating

AllMusic [5]

Chicago Sun-Times [6]

Encyclopedia of Popular Music [7]

Los Angeles Times [8]

Rolling Stone [9]

The Village Voice C[10]

praised Temple of Low Men, but noted a change of tone from the previous album, saying, "The material on Temple of Low Men demonstrates great leaps in quality over its predecessor, it is a darkly difficult album ... Finn digs into the depths of his emotional psyche with obsessive detail, crafting a set of intense, personal songs ... Through all of this introspective soul-searching, Finn reveals most of all his true mastery of melody.[5] Robert Christgau
Robert Christgau
of The Village Voice
The Village Voice
panned the album as being buried in sanctimonious self-pity, and commented that "Finn has neglected the only thing he has to offer the world: perky hooks."[10] In October 2010, Temple of Low Men
Temple of Low Men
was listed at number 71 in the book, 100 Best Australian Albums, with the band's next album, Woodface at No. 3.[4] Track listing[edit] All tracks written by Neil Finn.

"I Feel Possessed" – 3:48 "Kill Eye" – 3:14 "Into Temptation" – 4:33 "Mansion in the Slums" – 3:45 "When You Come" – 4:45 "Never Be the Same" – 4:28 "Love This Life" – 3:36 "Sister Madly" – 2:52 "In the Lowlands" – 3:56 "Better Be Home Soon" – 3:07

2016 reissue[edit] All tracks written by Neil Finn, except where noted.

Disc 2: Unreleased and rare material

No. Title Length

1. "Whispers and Moans (Home Demo)" 2:03

2. "Never be the Same (Home Demo)" 1:19

3. "Dream On (Home Demo)" 1:31

4. "Never Been Born (Rehearsal Excerpt)" 1:01

5. "Think I'm Gonna Change (Home Demo)" 1:43

6. "Into Temptation (Home Demo)" 2:17

7. "Fire Will Keep Me Warm (In the Lowlands Home Demo)" 1:25

8. "Love This Life (Home Demo)" 2:25

9. " Sister Madly
Sister Madly
(Studio Outtake)" 3:30

10. "Mansion in the Slums (Live)" 4:47

11. "This is Massive (Live)" (Paul Hester) 4:02

12. "Love This Life (Live)" 3:41

13. "In the Lowlands (Live)" 6:21

14. " I Feel Possessed
I Feel Possessed
(Live)" 6:11

15. "Burnt Out Tree (Live)" 1:27

16. " Mr. Tambourine Man
Mr. Tambourine Man
(Live)" (Bob Dylan) 2:35

17. " Eight Miles High
Eight Miles High
(Live)" (Gene Clark, Roger McGuinn, David Crosby) 4:50

18. " So You Want to Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star
So You Want to Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star
(Live)" (Chris Hillman, Roger McGuinn) 2:49

19. " When You Come
When You Come
(live)" 7:06

20. " Sister Madly
Sister Madly
(Live)" 4:59

21. " Better Be Home Soon
Better Be Home Soon
(Live)" 5:11

Crowded House[edit]

Neil Finn
Neil Finn
– vocals, guitar Nick Seymour
Nick Seymour
– bass, backing vocals Paul Hester
Paul Hester
– drums, backing vocals

Additional musicians[edit]

Tim Finn
Tim Finn
– backing vocals Richard Thompson – guitar solo "Sister Madly" Alex Acuña
Alex Acuña
– percussion Heart Attack Horns – horns Mitchell Froom – keyboards


Mitchell Froom – producer Tchad Blake – recording engineer Bob Clearmountain
Bob Clearmountain
– mixer Bob Ludwig
Bob Ludwig
– mastering Tom Whalley – A&R Nick Seymour
Nick Seymour
– art direction, album art Tommy Steele – art direction Kelly Ray – art assistance Margo Chase
Margo Chase
– lettering design Dennis Keeley – photography

Charts[edit] Album[edit] In the United States Temple of Low Men
Temple of Low Men
did not chart as well as their debut, only reaching number 40 on the Billboard 200.[11] However it reached number one in Australia,[12] number two in New Zealand,[13][14] and number ten in Canada.[15] It was certified platinum in New Zealand (x3),[citation needed] Canada (x2)[citation needed] and Spain.[16]

Chart Peak

Australian Albums Chart[12] 1

Canadian Albums Chart[15] 10

New Zealand Albums Chart[14] 2

UK Albums Chart[17] 138

US Billboard 200[11] 40

The album did not chart in the UK until February 1995. Singles[edit] The first single "Better Be Home Soon" peaked at number two in Australia and New Zealand.[12][13][14] number eight in Canada,[18] and reached the top 50 in the US Billboard Hot 100.[19][20] The following four singles had less chart success in Australia or New Zealand,[12][13] and generally less success in other markets. Additionally an album track, "Never Be the Same", appeared on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

Song Peak chart positions

Aus[12] Can[21] Ned[22] Ger[23] NZ[14] US[24]

"Better Be Home Soon" 2 8 31 59 2 42

"When You Come" 27 — — — — —

"Into Temptation" 59 — 20 — 38 —

"Sister Madly" 66 92 — — 26 —

"I Feel Possessed" 93 — — — — —

"—" denotes releases that did not chart


^ Bourke, Chris (1997). Crowded House: Something So Strong. South Melbourne, Victoria: Macmillan Publishers. ISBN 0-7329-0886-8. Retrieved 17 December 2009.  ^ a b c Denton, Andrew (16 July 2007). " Neil Finn
Neil Finn
and Nick Seymour". Enough Rope with Andrew Denton. Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). Retrieved 11 December 2013.  ^ Nimmervoll, Ed. "Crowded House". Howlspace. White Room Electronic Publishing Pty Ltd. Archived from the original on 21 February 2001. Retrieved 11 December 2013.  ^ a b O'Donnell, John; Creswell, Toby; Mathieson, Craig (October 2010). 100 Best Australian Albums. Prahran, Vic: Hardie Grant Books. ISBN 978-1-74066-955-9.  ^ a b Woodstra, Chris. " Temple of Low Men
Temple of Low Men
– Crowded House". AllMusic. Retrieved 11 December 2013.  ^ McLeese, Don (18 July 1988). "Crowded House, 'Temple of Low Men' (Capitol)". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 11 March 2017. (Subscription required (help)).  ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8.  ^ Hochman, Steve (17 July 1988). "Crowded House. 'Temple of Low Men.' Capitol". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 9 November 2015.  ^ DeCurtis, Anthony (14 July 1988). "Crowded House: Temple Of Low Men". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 8 May 2006. Retrieved 9 November 2015.  ^ a b Christgau, Robert (29 November 1988). "Christgau's Consumer Guide: Turkey Shoot". The Village Voice. Retrieved 9 November 2015.  ^ a b "Billboard > Artists / Crowded House
Crowded House
> Chart History > Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved 8 August 2016.  ^ a b c d e Australian (ARIA Chart) peaks:

Top 50 peaks:"Australian Charts > Crowded House". Hung Medien. Retrieved 8 August 2016.  "Into Temptation": Gavin Scott. "25 Years Ago This Week: January 15, 1989". chartbeat.blogspot.com.au. Retrieved 8 August 2016.  "Sister Madly": "Response from ARIA to chart inquiry, received 5 June 2015". Imgur.com. Archived from the original on 5 June 2015. Retrieved 8 August 2016.  Top 100 peaks from January 1990: Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 

^ a b c Hung, Steffen. "Discography Crowded House". New Zealand Charts Portal
(Hung Medien). Retrieved 11 December 2013.  ^ a b c d "Discography Crowded House" charts.org.nz ^ a b "RPM Top Albums/CDs – Volume 48, No. 22, 17 September 1988" Library and Archives Canada ^ " Temple of Low Men
Temple of Low Men
(1988)" Archived 31 October 2010 at the Wayback Machine. crowdedhouse.com ^ "1994–2008 > Chris C. – CZR" Chart Log UK ^ "Top Singles – Volume 48, No. 20, September 03 1988", RPM, Library and Archives Canada ^ " Crowded House
Crowded House
> Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". AllMusic. Retrieved 11 December 2013.  ^ " Crowded House
Crowded House
> Charts & Awards > Singles" Allmusic ^ Canadian chart peaks:

"Better Be Home Soon": "Top Singles – Volume 48, No. 20, September 03 1988". RPM, Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 8 August 2016.  "Sister Madly": "Top Singles – Volume 50, No. 4, May 22 1989". RPM, Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 8 August 2016. 

^ "DISCOGRAFIE CROWDED HOUSE" dutchcharts.nl ^ "Chartverfolgung / Crowded House
Crowded House
/ Single" Musicline.de ^ "Billboard > Artists / Crowded House
Crowded House
> Chart History > The Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 8 August 2016. 

Preceded by '88 Kix On
'88 Kix On
by Various artists Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album 25–31 July 1988 Succeeded by Age of Reason by John Farnham

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