Music: Crowded House

Left to right: Mark, Nick, Neil, Paul

"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 Australian/New Zealand Alternative Rock band formed in 1985. It's best known members include lead singer and guitarist, Neil Finn (previously of Split Enz), bassist, Nick Seymour, Tim Finn, 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 Power Pop that avoided the overblown production prevalent in the The '80s. 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. Their second album, Temple of Low Men, however lost them support due to its Darker and Edgier themes. Woodface brought the band commercial success in the U.K. and Europe allowing them to indulge in the artier Together Alone, now widely considered their masterpiece. Paul Hester's departure resulted in the band's 1996 breakup culminating in their Farewell Show at the Sydney Opera House.

Post-breakup, Neil launched a successful but low-key solo career and collaborated with members of Radiohead, The Smiths, Midnight Oil, and Pearl Jam. Paul hosted a talk-show on Australian television and had a recurring role on The Wiggles 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 Ringo Starr.

Crowded House reformed in 2007 after the tragic 2005 suicide of Paul Hester. They have released two well-received albums. Neil Finn recently recorded "Song of the Lonely Mountain" for Part One of Peter Jackson's film adaptation of The Hobbit and will release his third solo album in 2014.

  • 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)
  • Together Alone (1993)
  • Time On Earth (2007)
  • Intriguer (2010)

  • 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: