Crowded House to Be Inducted into ARIA Hall of Fame

Crowded House
Youri Lenquette

Crowded House

The ARIA Hall of Fame will swing its doors open to Crowded House later this year. 

The cherished rock-folk group will be inducted into the Hall during the Nov. 23 ARIA Awards at The Star in Sydney. 

Crowded House’s induction has a touch of serendipity about it. The group this year celebrates 30 years since the release of its debut, self-titled album; their six studio LPs have sold 30-times platinum Down Under (2 million-plus units), and the Crowded House party will rock the 30th anniversary of the ARIAs. 

The ARIA Hall of Fame class of 2016 is anything but crowded. They're this year’s sole entrant into the elite circle, which has already welcomed INXS, AC/DC, Kylie Minogue, The Bee Gees, Men At Work and dozens of other giants of Australia’s music scene. 

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Core members Neil Finn and Nick Seymour will be on hand for their band’s special moment. No doubt they’ll remember absent friends on the night. Founding drummer Paul Hester committed suicide in 2005 after a bout with depression. And Peter Jones, who replaced Hester until the group split in 1996, died in 2012 following a battle with brain cancer.  

"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,” the pair said in a joint statement. “As a result, our affinity with fans and the music community here is unique and one we hold very close. We are delighted and honoured to accept the invitation to be inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame.” 

Crowded House is a no-brainer for the Hall of Fame. They topped the ARIA Albums Chart with five LPs, collected 13 ARIA Awards and hold the title for highest-selling Australian album of all time by a group with 1996’s Recurring Dream: The Very Best of Crowded House, which topped the national chart for eight weeks en route to 13-times platinum sales. Recurring Dream also topped the Official U.K. Albums Chart and is one of four Crowded House album to crack the top 10 in that market. 

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The group’s biggest hit “Don’t Dream It's Over” peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the spring of 1987 and has since been covered by everyone from Sixpence None The Richer and Susan Boyle to Faith No More, Diana Krall and in a duet starring Miley Cyrus and Ariana Grande

Finn is already a Hall of Famer. The New Zealand born-and-based singer was inducted as a member of seminal Kiwi band Split Enz during a ceremony in 2005. Renee Geyer, Normie Rowe, Smoky Dawson, The Easybeats, Hunters & Collectors and Jimmy Barnes were also inducted on that occasion. Barnes is thrilled with the band’s Hall of Fame recognition. “Crowded House make music that instantly sounds classic,” he says in a statement. “They make complex things sound simple and that's really hard to do. Neil’s songs are like Phar Lap - big hearted winners that Kiwis and Aussies are both proud to call their own."

Crowded House has been an active unit in recent years. Their most recent album, Intriguer, opened at No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart in June 2010 and went on to win the ARIA Award for best adult contemporary album. 


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