My Generation – Crowded House 30th Anniversary
This weekend on My Generation, Jonesy and Amanda celebrate a 30 year milestone for the debut album that turned Crowded House into International Superstars!
Crowded House were formed in Melbourne in 1985 as The Mullanes (Neil Finn's mother's maiden name). Their first live gig featured Led Zeppelin's Dancing Days as part of the set list.
Original member Craig Hooper formerly of The Reels left the band in 1986 shortly before their trip to Los Angeles to record their first album. This is when they changed their name to Crowded House consisting of Neil Finn on lead vocals and guitar, Nick Seymour (brother of Mark) on bass….. and the late Paul Hester on drums, percussion and comedy thanks to his on stage antics.
Most of the album's material was written when they were still Mullanes, including Something So Strong which reached number 7 on the US charts.
Mean To Me, the first single was only released in Australia where it reached 26 on the charts with most fans preferring to wait for the album.
The first single in the US was World Where You Live...
It got to a very modest 65 on the US chart but was a good teaser for their next single which would turn them into International Superstars.
The Crowdies' biggest hit of their career, Don't Dream It's Over got to Number 2 in America, number 8 here at home and Number 1 in Canada and New Zealand.
Catch Jonesy and Amanda this week, marking 30 years of Crowded House on My Generation.