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->''"If there is hell on earth''
->''There must be heaven too''
->''Both in one place''
->''And not a second to lose"''
-->-- "Heaven That I'm Making"

Crowded House is an [[AustralianMusic Australian]]/New Zealand AlternativeRock band formed in 1985. Its original members were lead singer and guitarist Neil Finn (previously of SplitEnz), bassist Nick Seymour, and drummer Paul Hester. Crowded House got their name from their uncomfortable living conditions in L.A. during the recording of their first album.

The band gained early success in the U.S. with their brand of clever, exuberant PowerPop that avoided the overblown production prevalent in the TheEighties. Their first album spawned the hits, "Something So Strong" and "Don't Dream It's Over" and proved Neil's knack for catchy songwriting. They soon became known for their anarchic live shows and {{Adorkable}} personas (in part carried over from Neil's time in Split Enz). Their second album, ''Temple of Low Men'', however lost them support due to its DarkerAndEdgier themes - while still popular in Australia, the album barely cracked the American Top 40.

On their third album, ''Woodface'', Neil's brother [[BandOfRelatives Tim Finn]] joined the band. It brought the band invigorated commercial success (while not charting highly in the States, it was the first of their albums that cracked the Top 10 in the UK) which allowed them to indulge in the [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly artier]] ''Together Alone'' (Tim Finn however left the band before the recording of the album, to be replaced by guitarist Mark Hart) which is now widely considered their masterpiece, spawning seven singles.

Paul Hester departed in 1994, replaced by drummer Peter Jones, but when Neil Finn decided to disband the group in 1996 he returned to perform for the band's [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome farewell show at the Sydney Opera House]]. A greatest-hits record, ''Recurring Dream'', that included three brand-new songs, was the band's swan song.

Post-breakup, Neil launched a successful but low-key solo career, formed the charity Seven Worlds Collide, where he collaborated with members of Music/{{Radiohead}}, Music/TheSmiths, Music/MidnightOil, and Music/PearlJam for a series of concerts and CD releases, as well as releasing a second album of songs with his brother Tim. Paul hosted a talk-show on Australian television and had a recurring role on TheWiggles as Paul the Cook. Nick moved to Ireland, and notably, produced the debut album of Bell X1. Mark, meanwhile, toured with several other artists, including Music/RingoStarr. A collection of rarities, ''Afterglow'', was released in 1999, and the final show at the Sydney Opera House was eventually released as the album and DVD ''Farewell To The World'' in celebration of the show's 10th anniversary in 2006.

However, Crowded House reformed in 2007, with Matt Sherrod on drums, after the tragic 2005 suicide of Paul Hester. They have since released two well-received albums, 2007's ''Time On Earth'' and 2010's ''Intriguer''.

Neil Finn more recently recorded "Song of the Lonely Mountain" for the end credits for Part One of [[Creator/PeterJackson Peter Jackson's]] film adaptation of Film/TheHobbit, formed an new band, Pajama Club, with his wife Sharron, and released his third solo album, ''Dizzy Heights'', in 2014. One of the songs recorded for ''Reoccurring Dream'', "Help Is Coming", was released as a charity single for Syrian refugees in September, 2015.

Members:
* Neil Finn: Vocals, Guitars, Piano (1985-1996; 2007-Present)
* Paul Hester: Drums (1985-1994; 1996; Deceased)
* Nick Seymour: Bass, Art Direction (1985-1996; 2007-Present)
* Tim Finn: Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards (1990-1991)
* Mark Hart: Guitars, Keyboards, Lap Steel Guitar (1992-1996; 2007-Present)
* Peter Jones: Drums (1994-1996; Deceased)
* Matt Sharrod: Drums (2007-Present)
* Craig Hooper: Guitars (1985)
* Gill Civil: Keyboards (1987)

Studio Albums:
* ''Crowded House (1986)''
* ''Temple of Low Men (1988)''
* ''Woodface (1991)''
* ''Music/TogetherAlone (1993)''
* ''Time On Earth (2007)''
* ''Intriguer (2010)''

Compilations:
* ''Recurring Dream: The Very Best of Crowded House (1996)''
* ''Afterglow (Rarities) (1999)''
* ''The Very Very Best of Crowded House (2010)''

!!Crowded House provide examples of the following tropes:
* {{Adorkable}}: The entire band, but especially Nick Seymour.
* AfterTheEnd: Possibly "In the Lowlands."
* AllDrummersAreAnimals: Paul, although this was mostly a stage persona.
* AnimatedMusicVideo: "Twice If You're Lucky" has an [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter adorable]] one.
* AntiLoveSong: "That's What I Call Love."
* AudienceParticipationSong: Several including "Don't Dream It's Over," "Fall At Your Feet," "Four Seasons In One Day," "Weather With You," and "Better Be Home Soon."
* ArcWords: The word "Kitchen" appears on at least one song in each of the first four albums.
* {{BSide}}: ''Afterglow'' collected several.
* BaldOfAwesome: Nick Seymour after the reunion.
* BandOfRelatives: Neil and Tim are brothers.
* BilingualBonus: "Pour le Monde" has some lines in GratuitousFrench.
** Much of "[[TitleTrack Together Alone]]" is sung by a Maori choir.
* {{Bishonen}}: Neil Finn in some photos.
* BittersweetEnding: Each album (barring the first) ends with a song that is melancholy but hopeful.
* BreakupBreakout: Crowded House was this for Neil who was previously second in command in SplitEnz.
* CarefulWithThatAxe: Neil in "Kill Eye" and "Isolation." Paul in "That's What I Call Love" and "I'm Still Here."
* TheComicallySerious: Neil played this up in early videos and interviews. He quickly became the foil to the roudier Nick and Paul.
* ConveyorBeltVideo: "Don't Dream It's Over" is an award-winning example.
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Temple of Low Men'' lacks the party atmosphere of the first album and its main themes are [[YourCheatingHeart infidelity]] and [[GuiltComplex guilt]].
** ''Together Alone'' takes a darker and heavier turn after the poppy and upbeat ''Woodface''.
* DeadpanSnarker: The whole band.
* DomesticAbuse: Topic of "Catherine Wheels."
* DrivenToSuicide: Heavily implied to have happened to the women in both "Catherine Wheels" and "Hole in the River".
* {{Eagleland}}: "Chocolate Cake" has some Flavor 2 to it.
* EchoingAcoustics: Much of ''Together Alone,'' especially "Kare Kare" and "Private Universe."
* EpicRocking: Live versions of "Private Universe" and "Hole In The River" tend to hover around the 9 minute mark (with roughly three-minutes of continuous guitar solo in each.)
* FakeOutFadeOut: "I Am In Love."
* TheFourChordsOfPop: "Fall At Your Feet."
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: ''Woodface'' era: Neil is melancholic, Tim is choleric, Paul is sanguine, and Nick is phlegmatic.
* GriefSong: "Hole In the River," "She Goes On," and about half of ''Time on Earth.''
* HiddenTrack: "I'm Still Here" at the end of ''Woodface.''
* LyricalColdOpen: "Nails in My Feet" and "Even If."
* LyricalDissonance: "She Called Up" is an upbeat song about Paul Hester's suicide.
** The musical style is considered a tribute to Paul's own upbeat taste in music.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Usually two to four but there are also several ones and fives.
** "Black and White Boy" is a six.
* MoodWhiplash: On ''Temple of Low Men,'' the poppy "Sister Madly" is immediately followed by [[AfterTheEnd "In the Lowlands."]]
** On "Together Alone", we have the upbeat "Distant Sun" followed by the very dark [[DomesticAbuse "Catherine]] [[DrivenToSuicide Wheels".]]
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: Although ''Together Alone'' shares the PowerPop roots of the earlier albums, it is also heavily influenced by [[FolkMusic Folk]], PostPunk, DreamPop, {{Grunge}}, and especially World Music in the form of traditional Polynesian styles.
* NewSoundAlbum: Played with: ''Together Alone'' explored new genres but was still definitely Crowded House.
** Intriguer added more electronic influences.
* NonAppearingTitle: "Kare Kare."
* NotChristianRock: Many Crowded House songs have Christian overtones. "She Goes On" is most notable.
* OncePerEpisode: The aforementioned kitchen references. Neil even deliberately added the line, "Fire one more torpedo baby, watch the ''kitchen'' sink," to "Walking On The Spot" so that ''Together Alone'' would continue the trend.
* ThePerfectionist: Neil Finn. On the commentary for the Farewell show DVD, he pointed out almost every flubbed note from the other band members!
** This perfectionism, however, is the reason their music sounds so good.
* PowerPop: Especially the first two albums.
* ProtestSong: "Dr. Livingston" was a protest of the Mozambique Civil War.
* TheQuietOne: Mark Hart, who rarely speaks either onstage, or in whole band interviews.
* RefrainFromAssuming: The song is "Don't Dream It's Over." Not "Hey Now, Hey Now."
* RevolvingDoorBand: Not as much as SplitEnz but only two original members are left. Tim Finn is one of the best known members but he actually only stayed for a year.
* SanitySlippageSong: "Kill Eye" is a reminder of how [[GuiltComplex a person can be scarred by guilt]].
* ScareChord: The first burst of "I'm Still Here" especially because the song is by far the heaviest rock song on ''Woodface" and, as a HiddenTrack, comes after a half-minute of silence.
* SceneryPorn: The "Making of ''Together Alone''" promo features gorgeous shots of Karekare Beach in New Zealand. Band photos from this era also featured beautiful Kiwi backdrops.
* SelfTitledAlbum: Their debut.
* SeinfeldianConversation: Crowded House gigs always feature some of this. There have been fan club exclusive CD's documenting some of them.
* SillyLoveSongs: Crowded House love songs are usually pretty serious and subtle but "I Love You Dawn" and "Italian Plastic" prove that TropesAreNotBad. In fact, silliness aside, both qualify as [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Crowning Moments of Heartwarming]].
* ShoutOut: The line, "Try to catch the deluge in a paper cup," from "Don't Dream It's Over" is a reference to a similar line in [[Music/TheBeatles "Across The Universe."]]
* ShoutOutToShakespeare: "It's Only Natural" has the line, "You and I [[Theatre/{{Hamlet}} shake off this mortal coil]]."
* StepUpToTheMicrophone: Paul sings lead on "Italian Plastic," "I'm Still Here," "Skin Feeling," and "My Telly's Gone Bung."
* StudioChatter: Paul says "That's sort of how we do it" at the end of "Sister Madly."
* SurrealMusicVideo: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9sem05RHnM Four Seasons In One Day]]," and "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfjNRz-ZoBM Private Universe]]."
* TalkAboutTheWeather: In "Private Universe," Neil says there's no time or place to.
** Not to mention the sheer number of their songs about the weather.
* TakeThat: "Chocolate Cake" poked fun at consumerism and specifically mocked such celebrities Creator/AndrewLloydWebber, Creator/AndyWarhol, and Liberace.
* TitleTrack: "Together Alone."
** The song, "The Intriguer" was cut at the last minute.
** Also subverted by "Recurring Dream" which was not included on the GreatestHitsAlbum of the same name.
* TruckDriversGearChange: "I Walk Away."
* WordSaladLyrics: "Pineapple Head" was based on the [[FeverDreamEpisode fevered ramblings]] of Neil's son, Liam. The lyrics don't make much sense...
* YourCheatingHeart: A theme of several songs on ''Temple of Low Men.'' "Kill Eye" and "Into Temptation" are from the point of view of the cheater and "Better Be Home Soon" is from the point of view of the cheated.
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