Crowded House was a pop rock band that hailed from
Melbourne, Australia. The band was initially formed by vocalist
Neil Finn and drummer Paul Hester, who were members of a New Zealand
band called Split Enz in the mid 70's. In 1984, Split Enz decided
it was time to split, and Finn and Hester decided to start a new band.
Initially, they named the band The Mullanes, which was later changed to
Crowded House (and allusion to the small apartment they shared while
recording their debut).
Crowded house debuted in 1986 with their
debut album. Based on their earlier success as members of
Split Enz, they started their first tours in Australia and New Zealand.
This first album produced three hit songs, one of which remains their
highest charting single to date. The songs "Mean to Me" and
"Something So Strong" charted, as did the song they are most known for,
"Don't Dream It's Over", which became an international hit (no. 2 in the
USA and no. 1 in Canada). The band won several awards for this
initial release (Song of the Year, Best Video, Best New Artist, etc.).
They also released
Temple of Low Men in 1988.
This album featured a couple of songs that charted in New Zealand and
Australia, "Better Be Home Soon" and "When You Come". As the
1990's rolled on, Crowded House continued to produce. Songs that
they had some success with in the 90's included "Chocolate Cake", "Fall
At Your Feet", "It's Only Natural", "Weather With You", "Nails in My
Feet", "Locked Out", and "Everything Is Good for You".
During the 1990's,
Crowded House began having some internal turmoil, and
the band temporarily broke up as some members went on to
solo projects, including Paul Hester's participation on
Australian TV. Hester killed himself in 2005.
In 2006, surviving members went back to the studio and
continued on stage and in studio. At the time of
this writing, the Crowded House Discography was as
follows:1986: Crowded House
1988: Temple of Low Men
1993: Together Alone
1996: Recurring Dream: The Very Best of Crowded House
1996: Special Edition Live Album
2003: Classic Masters
2006: Farewell to the World
2007: Time on Earth
2010: North America Travelogue 2010
2010: The Very, Very Best of Crowded House
2011: Intriguer Live - Start to Finish
DREAM IT'S OVER:
[chorus] Hey now, hey now, don't dream it's
over, Hey now, hey now, when the world comes in,
They come, they come to build a wall between us,
We know they won't win [etc]
Temple of Low Men