After the break up of Split Enz at the end of 1984, one of its major songwriters, Neil Finn (27 May 1958, Te Awamutu, New Zealand; guitar/vocals), along with latter-day Split Enz drummer Paul Hester (b. 8 January 1959, Melbourne, Australia, d. 26 March 2005, Melbourne, Australia), Nick Seymour (b. Nicholas More Seymour, 9 December 1958, Benalla, Victoria, Australia; bass) and Craig Hooper (guitar/keyboards) formed a new unit known as the Mullanes. After completing the signing of a recording contract with American label Capitol Records the band, minus Hooper, decamped to Los Angeles to work with producer Mitchell Froom. They also changed their name to Crowded House in homage to their cramped living conditions. The trios debut album was released in 1986 to little fanfare, but two singles lifted from it became enormously successful giving the band US chart hits with Dont Dream Its Over (number 2) and Something So Strong...
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