Crowded House – who celebrate their 30th anniversary this year – are to be inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame in November .
Fronted by Kiwi Neil Finn, the much-loved group’s albums have racked up more than two million sales over the last three decades and winning them 13 ARIA Awards.
In a joint statement Finn and co-founder Nick Seymour said: “Since our formation in Melbourne, and our first album release in 1986, we have enjoyed a special relationship with Australia, one that has strengthened and endured over the years. We feel truly blessed that our songs have become a valued part of peoples lives across generations. We are delighted and honoured to accept the invitation to be inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame.”
Crowded House emerged out of the ashes of Split Enz which split in 1984, with Finn and drummer Paul Hester (who died in 2005) teaming up with bassist Seymour and former Reels guitarist Craig Hooper in new outfit named The Mullanes. Hooper left soon after the group was signed to Capitol Records, who recommended they change their name to Crowded House. The rest, as they say, is history.
The fourth single from their self-titled debut Don’t Dream It’s Over was a global smash that reached No. 2 in the US charts, while their other hits included Better Be Home Soon, Something So Strong and Four Seasons In One Day. All in all, the group have achieved five #1 albums and 17 top 50 singles in Australia.
Crowded House have undergone a number of personnel changes over the years – Neil’s brother and Splitz Enz founder Tim had a stint in the band – and they actually disbanded in 1996. Neil, Seymour and keyboardist Mark Hart (who had joined in 1993) revived Crowded House in 2006 for two new albums, but the band is currently on hiatus.