Paul Hester 1959-2005Not exactly cool for a British person of my age to admit to liking Crowded House, of course, but that's never stopped me before. One of the things that's always appealed to me about their later work is the undercurrent of sadness - even their most famous song, 'Weather With You' (which, admittedly, Hester didn't play on the hit version of AFAIK) uses its surface jollity to conceal a portrayal of crippling depression.
Today we learn that the man who in some ways summed up that whole side of the band - the clowning drummer who was driven to quit touring by the black dog - went for a walk in the park and never came home.
News.com.au pays him a nice tribute, as well as reminding us non-Australians what he'd been doing recently.
Terrible timing as well, not that there's ever a good time for this sort of thing, obviously. The Finn Brothers are back in the charts, and today they re-issue their album with a bonus DVD that includes a live version of 'Weather With You' featuring Hester.