From the ashes of the legendary quirky Kiwi band Split Enz came one of the most successful and well loved bands of the 80’s and 90’s, Crowded House.

Formed by ex- Enz members Neil Finn and drummer Paul Hester, along with bass player Nick Seymour, the group were originally called the Mullanes before drawing inspiration from the tiny LA apartment they lived in while recording their first album. 

The band released their self titled debut in 1986 which initially garnered little success, with the band already planning their second album when the single ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’ suddenly became a top ten hit in the US.

The charismatic trio built up a big following with their amazing live shows that saw them play to huge audiences all over the globe.

The band returned with their second album, ‘Temple Of Low Men’ in 1988. The album includes several classics including ‘Better Be Home Soon’ but didn’t sell as well as hoped due to the band cutting back on touring to spend more time with their families.

The group returned with a bang in 1991 with ‘Woodface’ which saw Neil’s brother Tim joining the band full time after he and his younger brother had originally planned a Finn brothers album instead.

The album spawned a string of hits here and in the UK and Europe including ‘Weather With You’


However after a troubled tour Tim decided to leave the group, who then took some time out before returning in 1993 with ‘Together Alone’

Considered one of the groups best albums, they hit the road again but were rocked when hours before a show in the US Paul Hester announced that he was leaving the band.

The group limped through the remainder of the tour and hired a replacement with plans to continue on before Neil Finn eventually decided it was time to wind up the group.

They decided to play one final show after Paul Hester rejoined the group for their now legendary farewell performance at the Sydney Opera House in 1996.

Tragically Hester took his own life in 2005, which eventually prompted Finn and Seymour to reunite two years later for the album ‘Time On Earth’ and again in 2010 for ‘Intriguer’  

Now, 30 years on from their first album, the group are celebrating by reuniting for a series of shows at the Opera House as well as being inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame.


Don’t dream it’s over indeed…