Call us old-fashioned, but we've never trusted Crowded House; we think it's either because Crowded House songs have been forced down our throats on TV adverts for over a decade, or because Crowded House is one of the dullest bands ever.
So you'll understand how jazzed we are that Crowded House is all set to reform for a year-long tour. Reports are suggesting that Crowded House singer Neil Finn and bassist Nick Seymour are currently auditioning a new drummer for the proposed tour. Provided they can find someone who can listlessly tip-tap out drum patterns relentlessly boring enough to accompany Crowded House songs without a) falling asleep or b) trying to chop their hands off with the sharp bit of a cymbal, Crowded House tour dates are expected to be finalised soon. And all the Crowded House dates are sure to sell out instantly, unless there's a sale on at Habitat that day, obviously. Those Crowded House fans sure know how to prioritise.
This is turning out to be quite a week for band reunions. First was news that one of the most powerful, electrifying, politically aware live bands of all time – Rage Against The Machine – was reforming at Coachella for a single show; news that has sent shockwaves of excitement through the music world. And now Crowded House is also reforming, although Crowded House's plan is to trundle around the world for a year so they can croon that song about stuff being only natural at a selection of venues where there's plenty of room for their fans to park their Ford Mondeos.
The members of Crowded House haven't been up to much lately, you see – one of them killed himself, one of them sang a song at Nicole Kidman's wedding and one we haven't been bothered to find out about – and now two of the non-dead members of Crowded House have decided that what the world needs now is to see that band who did that "Everywhere you go-oooo-ooooo" song to get back together and
make a disgusting amount of money artistically reconnect with its fans, as Reuters reports:
New Zealand's The Dominion Post newspaper said frontman Neil Finn and bass player Nick Seymour were auditioning drummers in Melbourne. The band's original drummer, Paul Hester, committed suicide in 2004. Julia Connolly, a spokeswoman for Finn's office, told the newspaper that further auditions were planned in Auckland and Los Angeles. "At the moment, they're just working at getting the band together," she said. "Something's formally coming out once the band is in place."
We're eager to see the reaction that the newly-reformed Crowded House gets on tour, because people we don't trust keep telling us that Neil Finn is a genius – and we'd like to see some proof, because we're buggered if we can see how going "Everywhere you go-oooo-ooooo" every now and again is on a par with something like, say, the invention of vulcanised rubber. But, hey, Rage Against The Machine reform on Monday, Crowded House reform on Wednesday. If things carry on at this rate by Friday maybe Rod Jane And Freddy will reform. In a shed. On the Isle Of Man. For eight seconds.