On November 23, 2016, ARIA will welcome Crowded House into the ARIA Hall Of Fame. The group’s career spanned 30 years and 6 studio albums and it was back in 1987 when it won its first ever ARIA Award for Best Video for ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’.
Crowded House went on to win a further two ARIAs for Best New Talent and Song Of The Year for ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’ at the inaugural ARIA Awards.
Crowded House founding members, Neil Finn and Nick Seymour said in a statement: “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. 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.”
Recurring Dream: The Very Best of Crowded House topped the Australian (8 weeks), New Zealand (8 weeks) and UK (2 weeks) albums charts and achieved 13x Platinum accreditation in Australia making it the highest selling Australian album of all time by a group.
“On behalf of the ARIA Board, it is a great honour to announce that Crowded House will be inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame at the 2016 ARIA Awards,” said Dan Rosen, ARIA Chief Executive Officer. “Since the inaugural ARIA Awards in 1987, the Melbourne-formed band have been nominated for 36 ARIA Awards and have come the full circle since receiving the first ARIA Award ever presented for Best Video. What a thrill that our first ever ARIA Award winner will now be inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame as part of our 30-year celebrations.”
“Crowded House make music that instantly sounds classic,” said ARIA Hall of Fame inductee, Jimmy Barnes. “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.”
“I grew up singing Crowded House songs, learning ‘Better Be Home Soon’ was how my brother and sister and I learnt to harmonise with each other,” said multiple ARIA Award winner, Missy Higgins. “Their songs are so deeply embedded in my memories of childhood, and learning how to be a songwriter. They were like The Beatles to me, with such deceptively brave chord progressions and lyrics that just seemed to sing themselves. I still aspire to write a song half as good as ‘Fall At Your Feet’.”