Crowded House is a rock group formed in Melbourne, Australia, and led by New Zealand musician and singer-songwriter Neil Finn. Finn is widely recognised as the primary songwriter and creative direction of the band, having led it through several incarnations, drawing members from New Zealand (Neil Finn, Tim Finn and Eddie Rayner), Australia (Paul Hester, Nick Seymour, Peter Jones and Craig Hooper) and United States (Mark Hart and Matt Sherrod).
Though the band owes its original success to the Australian live music scene, references to New Zealand people and places in songs pay homage to their roots ("Kare Kare" is written about Karekare Beach, "Mean to Me" refers to Finn's hometown of Te Awamutu) and perhaps most famously Four Seasons In One Day is based on the city of Auckland. The success of the group's third album Woodface and the general success of Crowded House and Split Enz prompted Queen Elizabeth II of the Commonwealth in June 1993 to bestow the Order of the British Empire on both Tim and Neil Finn for their contribution to the music of New Zealand.
Originally active between 1985 and 1996, the band's notable hits from this period include "Don't Dream It's Over", "Something So Strong", "Better Be Home Soon", "Fall at Your Feet" and "Weather With You"
In 2007, the group reunited with a new drummer. In this period, the group has released one album, Time on Earth, which reached #1 on Australia's ARIA Albums Chart. In 2010 an even stronger effort "Intriguer" was released.
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Neil Finn: Born 1958. As a founder member, main composer, lead-vocalist and guitar. As lead vocalist Finn is the cornerstone of the band
Nick Seymour: Born 1958. Bassist and founder member.
Paul Hester: Born 1959. Drums
Craig Hooper: Guiatrist in the early version of the band
Eddie Rayner: Born 1952. Played keyboards with early version of the group. Formerly Spilt Enz
Peter Jones: Drums. Replaced Hester
Mark Hart: Born 1953. Keyboards, guitars etc. Joined in 1991
Matt Sherrod: Drums. Joined when the band re-united in 2007
Tim Finn: Born 1952. Singer, songwriter and keyboards. Only full-time member on "Woodface". Brother of Neil and formerly Split Enz