Crowded House Profile

Kerry Doole
Published: 29 May 2013
Updated: 1 Jul 2021

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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Mark Hart, Matt Sherrod, Nick Seymour, Neil Finn
March, 2021: the reconfigured Crowded House makes a pilgrimage to Auckland's west coast. From left: Liam Finn, Elroy Finn, Neil Finn, Mitchell Froom, and Nick Seymour.
Photo credit: Kerry Brown
Crowded House, 1994
Photo credit: Koji Kumada Collection
The Together Alone studio at Karekare, 1993
Crowded House, Kings Arms, Auckland, 12 July 2007.
Photo credit: Simon Grigg collection
At Karekare, early 1993
Mark Hart, Paul Hester, Nick Seymour, Neil Finn - September 1993
Nick Seymour and Neil Finn
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
'Fall At Your Feet', UK poster
Crowded House's Dreamers Are Waiting album featuring Liam and Elroy Finn, and Mitchell Froom as keyboardist (EMI, 2021). 
'It's Only Natural' UK poster
Photo credit: Koji Kumada Collection
Temple of Low Men, the second album from Crowded House, produced by Mitchell Froom (Capitol, 1988).
Crowded House - Playing With Fire (2021)
2010 UK flyer
Photo credit: Koji Kumada Collection
Neil Finn 1998
Photo credit: Photo by Zoran Gold
Four Seasons in One Day
Homegrown Profiles: The Finns (2005)
Nick Seymour, Crowded House, Kings Arms, Auckland, 12 July 2007.
Photo credit: Simon Grigg collection
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.
Paul Hester, Nick Seymour, Neil Finn - 1988
The debut self-titled album from Crowded House, produced by Mitchell Froom (Capitol, 1986).
Footage of the Woodface recording sessions, a montage edited by Neil Finn, 2021
Neil with his 2001 APRA Silver Scroll award
Better Be Home Soon
Crowded House 60 Minutes interview, June 2021
Private Universe (Hammersmith Apollo 9th June 2010)
Mark Hart, Neil Finn, Nick Seymour - 1996
Photo credit: Photo by Andy Earl
Crowded House - To the Island (2021)
Not The Girl You Think You Are
Don't Dream It's Over (Live)
Don't Dream It's Over
House Proud - 60 Minutes interview with Neil Finn and Nick Seymour (2016)
Crowded House, 1992 - Neil Finn, Nick Seymour, Paul Hester
Photo credit: Photo by Dennis Keeley
Woodface, the third Crowded House album, produced by Mitchell Froom (Capitol, 1991)
Neil Finn with Crowded House, Kings Arms, Auckland, 12 July 2007.
Photo credit: Simon Grigg collection
Something So Strong
Outside at Karekare, 1993
Neil Finn, Crowded House, Kings Arms, Auckland, 12 July 2007.
Photo credit: Simon Grigg collection
Labels:

Capitol Records


Universal


Parlophone

Members:

Neil Finn - guitar, vocals, piano

Tim Finn - vocals, piano

Paul Hester - drums

Nick Seymour - bass

Mark Hart - guitar, keyboards, vocals

Matt Sherrod

Trivia:

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.