Crowded House Profile

Kerry Doole
29 May 2013

Given that the songwriting of Neil Finn has always been the creative core of Crowded House, it can be fairly claimed that they qualify as a New Zealand band.

His Australian comrades in the key first incarnation of the band, Nick Seymour and Paul Hester, added a chemistry that certainly aided their cause. Driving the group to the top was the killer combination of Neil Finn's consistently gorgeous melodies and a group persona that stressed spontaneity, humour and a genuine charm matched by few.

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Crowded House, Kings Arms, Auckland, 12 July 2007.
Photo credit: Simon Grigg collection
At Karekare, early 1993
Neil with his 2001 APRA Silver Scroll award
The Together Alone studio at Karekare, 1993
Mark Hart, Paul Hester, Nick Seymour, Neil Finn - September 1993
Crowded House, 1994
Photo credit: Koji Kumada Collection
Nick Seymour and Neil Finn
2010 UK flyer
Photo credit: Koji Kumada Collection
Mark Hart, Matt Sherrod, Nick Seymour, Neil Finn
'It's Only Natural' UK poster
Photo credit: Koji Kumada Collection
Neil Finn with Crowded House, Kings Arms, Auckland, 12 July 2007.
Photo credit: Simon Grigg collection
Neil Finn 1998
Photo credit: Photo by Zoran Gold
Weather With You
Neil Finn, Paul Hester, Nick Seymour playing at a showcase gig in a living room, Paratai Drive, Auckland, October 1986
Photo credit: Photo by Kerry Brown
Neil Finn is named NZ Entertainer Of The Year in 1996. Behind him is the head of the NZ Entertainment Operators Association, Phil Warren. For one year, 1996, the NZEOA and RIANZ awards were merged.
Better Be Home Soon
Neil Finn, Crowded House, Kings Arms, Auckland, 12 July 2007.
Photo credit: Simon Grigg collection
House Proud - 60 Minutes interview with Neil Finn and Nick Seymour (2016)
Nick Seymour, Crowded House, Kings Arms, Auckland, 12 July 2007.
Photo credit: Simon Grigg collection
Crowded House, 1992 - Neil Finn, Nick Seymour, Paul Hester
Photo credit: Photo by Dennis Keeley
Something So Strong
Don't Dream It's Over (Live)
Four Seasons in One Day
Private Universe (Hammersmith Apollo 9th June 2010)
Not The Girl You Think You Are
Don't Dream It's Over
Homegrown Profiles: The Finns (2005)
Mark Hart, Neil Finn, Nick Seymour - 1996
Photo credit: Photo by Andy Earl
Outside at Karekare, 1993
Paul Hester, Nick Seymour, Neil Finn - 1988
'Fall At Your Feet', UK poster

On their second appearance on The Tonight Show With Joan Rivers in April 1986, Crowded House serenaded fellow Antipodean guest Dame Edna Everage by singing 'Throw Your Arms Around Me' from the sofa.

Nick Seymour came with a strong musical pedigree. His older brother Mark was leader of Hunters & Collectors, a hard-hitting Australian rock band having an international impact. Prior to that, the brothers, two sisters and mother Paula comprised The Seymour Family Singers, a group that played Irish folk music around rural Victoria.

The expensive video clip for Chocolate Cake was filmed by Australian director John Hillcoat. He later gained notoriety by making such bleak hard-hitting films as Ghosts Of The Civil Dead, The Proposition and The Road. He has also directed videos for Depeche Mode, Nick Cave, and many more.


Neil Finn - guitar, vocals, piano

Tim Finn - vocals, piano

Paul Hester - drums

Nick Seymour - bass

Mark Hart - guitar, keyboards, vocals

Matt Sherrod


Capitol Records