Crowded House

Formed 1985.
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The making of Crowded House's Woodface

Johnnie Walker and David Hepworth look back at the success of Crowded House's, Woodface.

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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's brother, Tim Finn, and Americans Mark Hart and Matt Sherrod.

Originally active from 1985 to 1996, the band has 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 and Europe 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.

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  1. Review of The Very Very Best of Crowded House

    The Very Very Best of Crowded House 2010

    Reviewed by Mike Diver
    Several of these 19 tracks are solid-gold greats.
  2. Review of Intriguer

    Intriguer 2010

    Reviewed by Tom Hocknell
    Repeated listens reveal this to be one of their best albums.
  3. Review of Time On Earth

    Time On Earth 2007

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Neil Finn's band makes a welcome return with a finely-crafted album of mature...
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