Well, I think the recent news that poor Mark has been dropped from the band finally shatters the idea that the name Crowded House has any meaning at all. From being so respectful of the contribution of its other members that he refused to carry on using the name after he broke the band up, to now feeling - apparently - that any line featuring him and Nick can be called Crowded House.
As someone who adored Crowded House back in the early 90s I'm so saddened to feel that it is now nothing more than a brand.
Perhaps I do Neil and Nick a disservice. Perhaps, in reality, the band was just the two of them from the moment Paul left, with other players merely hired hands. Perhaps I just projected onto them an idea of band-ness because I wanted to carry on believing that a version of the "classic period" line up could still be thought of as a band.
And perhaps Crowded House really is just Neil and Nick and whoever they choose to work with. It all seems so far away from the real band I saw tear up venues across the UK in 1992-4.