Crowded House are a rock band, formed in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, in 1985.
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Originally active from 1985 to 1996, Crowded House had consistent commercial and critical success in New Zealand and Australia and international chart success in two phases, beginning with a self-titled debut album that reached number 12 on the US Album Chart in 1987 and provided the Top Ten hits "Don't Dream It's Over" and "Something So Strong".
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At Capitol's behest, the band's name was changed to Crowded House, which alluded to the lack of space at the small Hollywood Hills house they shared during the recording of the album Crowded House.
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Crowded House toured with them in 1988, but was unable to become a full member due to family commitments.
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Crowded House took a break after the Canadian leg of the Temple of Low Men tour.
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Crowded House were midway through a US tour when Paul Hester quit the band on 15 April 1994.
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Crowded House flew home to Melbourne to await the birth of his first child and indicated that he required more time with his family.
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Crowded House formed the band Largest Living Things, which was the name rejected by Capitol Records in favour of Crowded House.
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In May 1999, Crowded House issued a compilation of unreleased songs, Afterglow, which included the track "Recurring Dream", recorded when the group were still called The Mullanes and included Craig Hooper on guitar.
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Crowded House had committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree in a park near his home in Melbourne.
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Crowded House was the best drummer I had ever played with and for many years, my closest friend.
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Crowded House began recording their follow-up to Time on Earth in April 2009, at Finn's own Roundhead Studios.
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Crowded House undertook an extensive world tour in 2010 in support of Intriguer.
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New compilation album, The Very Very Best of Crowded House, was released in October 2010 to celebrate the band's 25th anniversary.
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Neil Finn confirmed in a 2016 interview with the Dutch newspaper Volkskrant that Crowded House had been on indefinite hiatus since the end of the Intriguer tour.
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Crowded House added that they were making a new studio album, the first since 2010's Intriguer.
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Crowded House designed some of the costumes worn by the group, notably those from the cover of the group's debut album Crowded House.
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In November 2016 Crowded House was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame, 30 years after their formation.
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