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Crowded House are a rock band, formed in MelbourneAustraliain Originally active from toCrowded House had consistent commercial and critical success in Australia and New Zealand    and international chart success in two phases, beginning with a self-titled debut album that reached number twelve on the US Album Chart in and provided the Top Ten hits " Don't Dream It's Over " and " Something So Strong ".
In JuneCrowded House announced that it would disband. The band played several farewell concerts that year, including the " Farewell to the World " concerts in Melbourne and Sydney. As of JulyCrowded House had sold 10 million albums. After several years of inactivity, it was announced a revised line-up of Crowded House will tour the UK in Finn and Hester decided to form a new band during the first Split Enz farewell tour, "Enz with a Bang", in late He toured with them inbut was unable Fame Is - Crowded House - Its Only Natural become a full member due to family commitments.
Thanks to their Split Enz connection, the newly formed Crowded House had an established Australasian fanbase. As the band's primary songwriter, 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. The album did not fare as well as their debut in the US, only reaching number 40,  but it achieved Australasian success, reaching number one in Australia  and number two in New Zealand.
Multi-instrumentalist Mark Hart, who would eventually become a full band member, replaced Rayner in January After the tour, Finn fired Seymour from the band. Neil Finn and his brother Tim recorded songs they had co-written for their own album, Finn.
Tim jokingly agreed on the proviso that he become a member, which Neil apparently took figuratively. With Tim as an official member, the band returned to the studio. The new tracks, as well as some from the previously In The Sun - So Many Wizards - Warm Nothing recordings were combined to Out Of The Blue (Can You Feel It) - The Gap Band - The Gap Band Woodfacewhich was released in July The album features eight tracks co-written by Neil and Tim,  which feature the brothers harmonising on lead vocals, except on the sombre "All I Ask" on which Tim sang lead.
Perhaps unsurprisingly it failed to chart in the US; however, it reached number two Fame Is - Crowded House - Its Only Natural Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart. By contrast, the album had limited success in the US, only reaching number Fame Is - Crowded House - Its Only Natural on the Billboard Album Chart.
For Key To The Universe (Upgrade Remix) - Upgrade - The Melody Factory fourth album, Together AloneCrowded House used producer Martin Glover aka "Youth" and invited touring musician Mark Hart guitar and keyboards to become a permanent band member.
The album was released in October and sold well internationally on the strength of lead single " Distant Sun " and followup " Private Universe ". This track and " My Sharona " by The Knackwhich were both included on the soundtrack of the film Reality Biteswere Fame Is - Crowded House - Its Only Natural together on a jukebox single to promote the film soundtrack. In Juneat a press conference to announce the release of their greatest hits album Recurring DreamNeil revealed that Crowded House were to disband.
The June concerts in Europe and Canada were to be their final performances. Recurring Dream contained four songs from each of the band's studio albums, along with three new songs. Early copies included a bonus CD of live material.
Paul Hester returned to the band to play drums on the three new tracks. Worried that their goodbye had been too low-key and had disregarded their home fans, the band performed the Farewell to the World concert on the steps of the Sydney Opera House on 24 Novemberwhich raised funds for the Sydney Children's Hospital. Tim Finn and Peter Jones both made guest appearances. The concert had one of the highest live audiences in Australian history with the crowd being estimated at betweenandpeople.
Following the break-up of Crowded House, the members embarked upon a variety of projects. Tim Finn had resumed his solo career after leaving the group in and he also worked with Neil on a second Finn Brothers album, Everyone Is Herewhich was released in Nick Seymour also joined them on stage in Dublin, where he was living, in In he released a solo album, Nada Sonata.
In lateHester hosted the series Music Max's Sessions. In May Crowded House issued a compilation of unreleased songs, Afterglowwhich included the track "Recurring Dream", recorded when the group were still called The Mullanes and included Craig Hooper on guitar.
Some limited-release versions included a second CD with songwriting commentary by Finn. The liner notes confirmed that Crowded House had no plans to reunite at that time. The album reached the top 5 in Australia and New Zealand. On 26 March Paul Hester was found dead, after hanging himself from a tree in a park near his home in Melbourne.
His obituary in The Sydney Morning Herald stated that he had fought "a long battle with depression. A snare drum with a top hat on it stood at the front of the stage as a tribute. He was the best drummer I had ever played with and for many years, my closest friend. In Neil Finn asked Nick Seymour to play bass on his third solo album.
Seymour agreed and the two joined up with producer and multi-instrumentalist Ethan Johns to begin recording. On 17 March 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 Carbon - Various - The Funk Era EP, moored in Bristolfollowed on 19 March.
The single was a minor hit in Australia  and the UK. It topped the album chart in New Zealand  and made number 2 in Australia  and number 3 in the UK.
For these shows the band were augmented by multi-instrumentalist Don McGlashan and Neil's younger son, Elroy Finn, on guitar. Finn stated that the album contains some, "Unexpected twists and turns" and some songs that, "Sound like nothing we've done before. Crowded House undertook an extensive world tour in 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 tour on USB flash drives and made individual live tracks available for free download.
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 ina second album of cover versions of Finn Brothers songs including numerous Crowded House songs was released on 12 November A statement issued by the band described him as, "A warm-hearted, funny and talented man, who was a valuable member of Crowded House.
In SeptemberFame Is - Crowded House - Its Only Natural 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 recorded at the same demo session as "Help is Coming" inwith the final vocal added in Peter Jones plays drums on both songs.
The money will be used to provide shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene for refugees in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq. Neil Finn said of "Help Is Coming" 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. InNeil Finn confirmed in an interview with the Dutch newspaper Volkskrant that Crowded House are on indefinite hiatus.
The band, with the same lineup as in - with Tim Finn as guest performed four shows, 24—27 November In DecemberNeil Finn announced that the new lineup would consist of himself, Seymour, the band's original producer Mitchell Froom and his sons Liam and Elroy.
As the primary songwriter for the band, 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 Fame Is - Crowded House - Its Only Natural detail.
Neil first saw Tim play with Split Enz inand said "that performance and those first songs made a lasting impression on me. She would play piano at family parties and encourage Neil and Tim to accompany her. 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.
Since the band reunited, Seymour has again designed their album covers. The majority of the covers for the band's singles were not designed by Seymour. For the first four albums Mombassa and Noel Crombiewho 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. Crowded House has won several national and international awards. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the rock group, Crowded House. For their debut album, see Crowded House album. For the racehorse, see Crowded House horse. Rock pop rock jangle pop indie rock alternative rock new wave. Capitol ATO. Main articles: Split Enz and The Mullanes.
Main articles: Time on Earth and Matt Sherrod. The first Fame Is - Crowded House - Its Only Natural from Temple of Low Men Easy Street - Edgar Winter - The Best Of Edgar Winter The first single from Time on Earth and the first to feature Matt Sherrod.
The group's most successful international single, taken from Crowded House The first single from Together Aloneand the first to feature Mark Hart. Main article: Crowded House discography. Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Crowded House. Music portal Australia portal. General Bourke, Chris Crowded House: Something So Strong. South Melbourne, Victoria: Macmillan Publishers.
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