Video — April 29, 2020 at 7:16 am

Crowded House celebrates ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’ with socially-distanced performance

Crowded House this week marked the 33rd anniversary of their classic single “Don’t Dream It’s Over” reaching No. 2 on the U.S. charts by recording a new socially-distanced version of the song “between continents.” You can see the whole multi-part performance right here.

The band recorded the song over several hours recently for the “Music From the Front Line” benefit in Australia and New Zealand. Bandleader Neil Finn writes, “I really like the way it sounds and the process of flying tapes back and forth was fun… pure and simple… hope you enjoy, too.”




  1. Punkimeowmeow

    Thank you Crowded House/Neil Finn. I still listen to your music regularly.

    • Likewise. Such a great songwriter. Hoping the band gets some new music recorded after the Fleetwood Mac tour is done.

      “Don’t Dream It’s Over” is a song for the ages.

      • Andy Patterson

        Hey, Nortley. Great comments, as always. The Mac tour is long done and Crowded House have been recording since late last year. Right now recording is based in LA and before that Auckland, where my wife and I had the pleasure of meeting Elroy Finn outside Roundhead Studios. His dad was hard at work inside, but it was so cool to be that close to the Man. At the end of our trip, the stars aligned once again and we met Liam Finn. Once again Dad was busy–but this time playing with the grandkids! You gotta love that. This was all part of a surprise 50th birthday dream trip from my wife to a huge Neil Finn fan that included stays in Te Awamutu and Karekare Beach.

        Cannot wait for the new album and tour (even if it’s not till next year)–not to mention another opportunity to hopefully meet Neil and thank him for the music (cue ABBA royalties!).  In the meantime, we can all cherish performances like this.

  2. Kathy Mason Wills

    What a gift – Crowded House! I so treasure your music – such a gift to the world! I have been a fan for years and will always be one! Thank you!

  3. Awesome sublime true arsthetics Elie

  4. Andy Patterson

    Thanks for posting this, Matt! What an uplifting rendition of a timeless song that resonates more than ever.

    And for those of you who want more of this and haven’t checked it out already, I totally recommend Neil’s Fangradio show. The shows are all archived if you can’t catch them live. Lots of deep CH/Split Enz/Finn Bros/solo/etc. cuts, fantastic covers, and Super Friends like Johnny Marr joining the show. Great stuff!

  5. Awesome job guys! Sweet memories!

  6. Trent Fordham

    Fantastic, and timely. This song was used in the TV miniseries The Stand which, of course, is about a deadly virus that wipes our most of the population.

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  8. Kathleen

    I particularly like that 2 of the band members appear to be in their PJs! Awesome!

  9. Scott Stalcup

    Oh, don’t be fooled! They broke the “remain in place” order to record this. We all know they recorded this in the … wait for it … Temple of Low Men.

  10. So I was assaulted recently by a Trump supporter for taking a sign off what appeared to be the side of the road, but was really his property. The police (wrongly, as it turns out, according to my lawyer) said they couldn’t charge him for assault because he was defending his property. An ambulance came and I had to go to the hospital. I’m ok, but still have a sore neck from the headlock I was in, 10 days later. In dealing with the PTSD from this incident, the haunting sound of “Don’t Dream It’s Over” keeps running through my head over and over. The song from the 90s perfectly encapsulates the feeling of living in 2020 America.

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