The surviving members of legendary Aussie group (unless you’re a Kiwi and claim them as a NZ band!) Crowded House, Neil Finn and Nick Seymour, have returned to the Los Angeles home that inspired the group’s unusual name.

During the mid 80’s following the break up of Split Enz, Neil Finn set up camp in LA with new bandmates Seymour and the late Paul Hester when they started recording their debut album.

The trio had the songs and the chemistry to create a great band, but the one thing missing was what they were going to call themselves.

The house they were renting at the time featured a heap of fellow musician’s and Aussie ex-pat’s which eventually inspired the group, who at that time were calling themselves The Mullanes, to become known as Crowded House.

Ahead of their induction into the ARIA Hall of Fame, the group have made a pilgrimage back to the bands birthplace as part of a story on this Sunday’s 60 Minutes.

The group’s self titled debut was a hit in the US in when it was released in 1987, and they also achieved success in the UK and Europe with their 1991 album Woodface which also featured Neil’s older brother Tim.


Since the group’s famous farewell to the world on the steps of the Sydney Opera House in 1996 they eventually reunited in 2006, although tragically they reformed without drummer Paul Hester who passed away in 2005 aged just 46.

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