Sister Madly

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"Sister Madly"
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Single by Crowded House
from the album Temple of Low Men
Released August 1988 (UK)
January 1989 (New Zealand)
10 April 1989 (Australia)
Format 7" and 12" vinyl
CD single
Recorded 1987
Genre Rock
Label Capitol
Songwriter(s) Neil Finn
Producer(s) Mitchell Froom
Crowded House singles chronology
"Into Temptation"
"Sister Madly"
"I Feel Possessed"
"Into Temptation"
"Sister Madly"
"I Feel Possessed"

"Sister Madly" is a 1988 song by rock group Crowded House. It was released as the third single from the group's second album Temple of Low Men in New Zealand, and as the fourth single from the album in Australia.[1]

The song contains a solo by guitarist Richard Thompson.

A live version of the song later appeared on Crowded House's Special Edition Live Album that accompanied selected copies of the group's greatest hits compilation Recurring Dream. This performance goes over 6 minutes long because the group lost the beat, had to stop, made jokes about how they wouldn't remember the incident in the next 5 minutes and to compensate, Neil Finn started improvising lyrics.

It was also performed at the group's farewell concert Farewell to the World. On that version, Neil Finn states during the introduction, "This is a song about waking up in a room with my sister having nightmares!".

This song was featured in the movie The Sum of Us with New Zealand actor Russell Crowe as he is jogging at the beginning of the film.

Track listings[edit]

All songs by Neil Finn except "Something So Strong" by Finn and Mitchell Froom.

UK 7" vinyl[edit]

  1. "Sister Madly" – 2:52
  2. "Mansion in the Slums" – 3:46

Australian 7" vinyl[edit]

  1. "Sister Madly" – 2:52
  2. "Love This Life" – 3:35

CD single and 12" vinyl[edit]

Released in UK.

  1. "Sister Madly" – 2:52
  2. "Mansion in the Slums" – 3:46
  3. "Something So Strong" (live at King Biscuit Flower Hour, The Trocadero, Philadelphia, 24 March 1987)

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1989) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[2] 66
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[3] 26

Release history[edit]

Region Date
United Kingdom August 1988
New Zealand January 1989
Australia April 1989


  1. ^ Bailey, Marck; Comprehensive discography of Crowded House including track listings for all albums and singles. Released 28 March 1995. Retrieved 5 July 2007.
  2. ^ "Response from ARIA to chart inquiry, received 5 June 2015". Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  3. ^ " – Crowded House – Sister Madly". Top 40 Singles.

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