Crowded House

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Crowded House is a rock band formed in Melbourne, Australia, in 1985. The founding members were New Zealander Neil Finn (vocalist, guitarist, primary songwriter) and Australians Paul Hester (drums) and Nick Seymour (bass). Later band members included Neil Finn's brother, Tim Finn, and Americans Mark Hart and Matt Sherrod.

Originally active from 1985 to 1996, the band had consistent commercial and critical success in Australia and New Zealand 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". Further international success came in the UK, Europe and South Africa with their third and fourth albums, 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". Queen Elizabeth II bestowed an OBE on both Neil and Tim Finn, in June 1993, for their contribution to the music of New Zealand.

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. Neil Finn had decided to end the band to concentrate on his solo career and the Finn Brothers project with Tim. On 26 March 2005 Hester died by suicide, aged 46. In 2006 the group re-formed with a new drummer Matt Sherrod and released two further albums (in 2007 and 2010), both of which reached number one on Australia's album chart. As of July 2010 the group has sold 10 million albums. In November 2016 they were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1986 Crowded House Crowded House 4 12
1988 Temple of Low Men Crowded House 7
1991 Woodface Crowded House 3.65 10
1992 Live at the Town and Country Club, London, November 9 1991 Crowded House 1
1993 Together Alone Crowded House 5 5
1996 The Final Sessions Crowded House 1
1997 Nick The Stripper Crowded House 1
1998 Homebrew Crowded House 1
1999 Afterglow Crowded House 3 3
2007 Time on Earth Crowded House 9
2010 Intriguer Crowded House 5
Spare Room Crowded House 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1996 Recurring Dream: The Very Best of Crowded House Crowded House 2.75 6
2003 Essential Crowded House 2
2007 Platinum Crowded House 2
2010 The Very Very Best of Crowded House Crowded House 3
2014 Gold Crowded House 1
Classic Masters Crowded House 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 Four Seasons in One Day Crowded House 1
2006 Farewell to the World Crowded House 1
2007 2007-12-09: Live on Earth: Wembley Arena, London, UK Crowded House 1
2011 Intriguer Live: Start to Finish Crowded House 1
1992-03-03: Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, UK Crowded House 1
1994-11-06: The Fleadh Festival, Finsbury Park, London, UK Crowded House 1
Acoustically Live Crowded House 1
It's Only Natural Crowded House 1
Newcastle Jam Crowded House 1
One Night Stand Crowded House 1
World Where We Live Crowded House 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1986 Mean to Me Crowded House 1
1986 Something So Strong Crowded House 1
1987 Don't Dream It's Over Crowded House 2
1988 Better Be Home Soon Crowded House 1
1988 Fall at Your Feet Crowded House 3
1991 Chocolate Cake Crowded House 1
1992 Weather With You Crowded House 1
1992 Four Seasons in One Day Crowded House 2
1993 Nails in My Feet Crowded House 2
1993 Distant Sun Crowded House 4 3
1993 Locked Out Crowded House 4
1994 Fingers of Love Crowded House 2
1994 Private Universe Crowded House 1
1996 Everything Is Good for You Crowded House 1
1996 Not the Girl You Think You Are Crowded House 1
1996 Instinct Crowded House 3
2007 Don’t Stop Now Crowded House 2
2007 She Called Up Crowded House 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 World Where You Live Crowded House 1

Other + Interview

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 Afterglow Crowded House 1
Interview Crowded House 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1989 I Feel Possessed Crowded House with Roger McGuinn 1
Marcia Marcia Marcia Crowded House 1
Rarity Tapes, Volume 2: At Your B-Hest Crowded House 1
Spooky Vibrations Crowded House 1

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