Don't Dream It's Over...
What a sad, sad story. There were also rumors he had suffered from a breakup with a girlfriend. Not a lot of details have been forthcoming although the Finn brothers (fellow Crowded House members Neil and Tim Finn) have canceled part of their European tour to return to Australia for the funeral.
Although I was not exactly a Crowded House fanatic, I liked them all right and I did follow them. One thing is for sure, the 80s would not have been the 80s without this band. They were a bit more mainstream than a lot of the bands I listened to but I always respected their own unique sound. You know how certain songs just stay with you and mark the times through which you lived? Don't Dream It's Over will always bring back rather scary memories of my freshman year in high school. It was played at high school dances and parties where everyone seemed to know all the words whether they were drunk or sober or...? It would come on the radio as I was riding in a car with a boy who didn't know how to drive very well (not that it mattered). Sitting on a bus heading for a debate team competition in some glamorous place like Rockford, Illinois, someone had a radio blasting and this song was playing. This song was everywhere, and it will always evoke the years of 1986-1987.
What does it bring back for you? In honor of Paul Hester, why not try it out yourself?
Lyrics Copyright © 1986 Roundhead Music (BMI).
Rest in Peace, Paul Hester.