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Crowded House Biography

Last updated: 09/20/2011 11:00:00 AM

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FORMED: July 1985
DISBANDED: June 1996

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After the break up of Split Enz in 1984, one of its major songwriters, Neil Finn (b. 27 May 1958, Te Awamutu, New Zealand; guitar), along with Split Enz drummer Paul Hester plus Craig Hooper (guitar) and Nick Seymour (bass) formed Crowded House in 1986, after originally calling themselves the Mullanes.

Signed to Capitol Records, the group resided in Los Angeles (where they were given their new name after the group's cramped living conditions), and worked with producer Mitchell Froom. With the group by now reduced to a trio with the departure of Hooper, Crowded House's debut album was released to little fanfare, but two singles lifted from it became enormously successful giving the group US chart hits with 'Don't Dream It's Over' (number 2) and 'Something So Strong' (number 7) in 1987. The album had one of the longest ascents up the charts ever noted, eventually peaking at number 12.

A subdued reaction to the second album failed to consolidate the group's reputation in the singles chart despite reaching the US Top 40. Paul Young gave the group some welcome publicity in the UK by singing 'Don't Dream It's Over' at the Nelson Mandela concert at Wembley Stadium in June 1988. Neil's reconciliation with brother Tim Finn led to Crowded House strengthening the line-up when he joined in February 1991. The Finn brothers subsequently cracked the UK market with the Top 20 hit 'Fall At Your Feet' (1991) and the Top 10 with 'Weather With You' (1992). The much acclaimed album Woodface also reached the Top 10 in the UK Crowded House's standing in their adopted home of Melbourne, Australia is such that the Melbourne Museum For Performing Arts displays a Crowded House exhibition, containing assorted memorabilia of the group.

In November 1991, while the band were enjoying world-wide success, Tim Finn decided to leave the line-up and continue with his solo career. Both brothers were awarded the OBE in June 1993 for their contribution to music of New Zealand. In June 1996 they announced their farewell, bowing out with an excellent compilation package featuring three new songs. Their emotional final performance was in Sydney on 24 November 1996. Neil Finn moved on to a solo career, releasing his debut album in June 1998.

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Crowded House - Intriguer | Reviewer: Spottedfoot | 8/24/10

Crowded House return with the release of a brand new album, single and UK tour for spring 2010. 'Intriguer' is released by Mercury Records on June 14th and is a classic return to form for the band, featuring heartfelt and evocative lyrics and irresistible melodies. With special guest musicians and innumerable instruments and influences from all over the world, the album sounds as fresh as when the band first started out in 1985. Solo albums, collaborations and reunions have followed throughout the years but all enjoy Neil's distinctive sound.

The band, vocalist/guitarist Neil Finn, Nick Seymour (bass), Mark Hart (keyboards/guitars) and Matt Sherrod (drums ), started work on the new album last year in Auckland, New Zealand with producer Jim Scott. The songs were written over the previous 18 months , many had evolved and been worked over on the road sometimes ending up very different, sometimes back to how they started.

The title for their sixth studio album was inspired by a shadowy figure seen only once in 2001 behind curtains at a Sydney hotel by Neil and Australian artist/cartoonist Michael Leunig. The Intriguers influence however is often felt, through the years whenever strange events unfold and difficult scenarios ensue..As Neil says "The intriguer continues to confound us but still we crave his presence , life seems so dull when he's not around. "