ARIA Hall of Fame luminaries Crowded House have just returned with their joyful single 'Oh Hi' – produced by the band with Steven Schram (Paul Kelly, San Cisco).
‘Oh Hi’ is a friendly tune with colourful spirals of guitar and a chorus worthy of repeat sing-alongs, as frontman Neil Finn promises: “I won’t forget”. The tune has a deep connection to Neil’s support for So They Can, an international non-profit focused on building schools in remote parts of Kenya and Tanzania. “I was inspired by children and thinking how much we need to let them learn and grow in safety and love,” Neil says. “Then we could learn from them. There are so many out of view that can be magnificent if only given a microphone and a lightbulb.”
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Beyond selling over 15 million records worldwide and earning 13 ARIA Awards, an MTV VMA, and a BRIT Award, they have generated billions of streams, consistently sold out tours on multiple continents, notched four ARIA #1 albums and captivated audiences for nearly four decades.
Originally founded by Neil Finn, Nick Seymour, and the late Paul Hester, the group’s self-titled debut in 1986 went platinum, uplifted by iconic smashes ‘Something So Strong’ and ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’. Speaking to the latter’s impact, everyone from Miley Cyrus and Ariana Grande to U2, among others, has covered it.
In 1996, Crowded House delivered a legendary performance to an audience of over 150,000 on the steps of the Sydney Opera House, beginning a hiatus that finished in the wake of Paul’s passing in 2005. This led to albums ‘Time on Earth’ (2007) and ‘Intriguer’ (2010) before an induction into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2016 and a return to the Sydney Opera House for three unforgettable nights.
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