Monday, August 20, 2012

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Crowded House

Artist Crowded House
Song:Don't Dream It's Over
Album:Recurring Dream: The Very Best of Crowded House

Don't Dream It's Over was one of two top ten hits for Crowded House in 1987. They are a much bigger deal in their native Australia. Crowded House was a spinoff of the successful group Split Enz led by Neil Finn and his older brother Tim Finn. When Tim Finn left Split Enz to go solo in 1984, Neil Finn and Split Enz drummer Paul Hester decided to form a new group. Bassist Nick Seymour approached Finn at a party and joined the band after an audition. At first the band was called The Mullanes. After playing some gigs, they decided to move to Los Angeles to get a record deal. Guitarist Craig Hooper decided not to go. They got a deal with Capitol Records but Capitol wanted the band name changed. They chose Crowded House as they were all living in a small house in LA. For their 1986 debut album Crowded House, they worked with producer Mitchell Froom and he also played keyboards and toured with them for a while. Froom used to have a band with his twin brother. He would go on to be one of the top producers of the 90s. Crowded House was his first production. The album was released in June 1986 but Capitol didn't see their potential and wouldn't promote it. They went on tour and eventually got radio play. Don't Dream It's Over reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Something So Strong reached #7. The album went Platinum. As I said, Crowded House are huge in Australia. But they always seemed to have trouble getting Capitol to promote them. They took a break in 1990. Finn planned to record with his brother Tim. They wound up turning those recordings into a new Crowded House album and Tim joined the band. They split up in 1996 an the Finn brothers recorded solo and also together as The Finn Brothers. Paul Hester committed suicide in 2005. But Neil Finn continues to lead Crowded House and also is part of The Finn Brothers. Crowded House last recorded in 2009. This budget comp is a perfect intro to their music. Here's the video for Don't Dream It's Over by Crowded House.

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