Crowded Houseis a rock and pop group which was formed in Melbourne, Australia in 1985. New Zealand musician, Neil Finn was the original first member of the group and he is also a songwriter as well as a singer. He is the primary songwriter for the band. Other members from New Zealand are, Tim Finn, and Eddie Rayner. From Australia comes members Paul Hester, Nick Seymour, Peter Jones, and Craig Hooper. And last but not least comes Mark Hart and Matt Sherrod from the United States.
Neil Finn and Paul Hester were former members of the band, Split Enz and while they were on their last tour with that band, they decided to form a band of their own. Nick Seymour asked to try out for the new band. Neil Finn is the younger brother of Tim Finn and Nick Seymour is the younger brother of Mark Seymour, leader of the Australian rock group called Hunters & Collectors.
The band was active from 1985 until 1996. They had hits such as Donít Dream Itís Over, Something So Strong, Better Be Home Soon, Fall At Your Feet, and Weather With You. The band signed with Capitol Records label and moved to Los Angeles. At this point, Hooper left the group. The band was called The Mulhanes but they changed it to Crowded House after the record company suggested it. The name was chosen because three members were sharing an apartment on Sycamore Street in West Hollywood. In 2007 Crowded House reunited and released the album Time On Earth, and the album reached number 1 in Australia on the ARIA Albums Chart.
In 1986 the band performed at festivals in Australia and New Zealand. They released their debut album, Crowded House, in 1986. The group had a large fan base but the record company did not see the group as becoming very popular. Because of this thought, the band did not receive very much promotion from the record company. The group continued to play in small venues to draw attention. When their song, Donít Dream Itís Over, was released, it was an immediate international hit and is still the bandís most commercially successful and awarded hit of all. They also released a music video for the hit. The song reached number 2 in the United States, and the video got the band a MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist in 1987. This was just the first of many awards to come. The album reached number one in Australia in June, 1987.
The song Donít Dream Itís Over was also used in the movie, by Stephen King, called The Stand, which was a movie made for television. The band split up in 1996and the members went their separate ways to pursue other interests. The band released a total of 8 albums, 13 Top 20 Singles, and received many music awards.
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