Second Thoughts (1976–1977). In Episode 3 of Radio New Zealand National's story of Split Enz the band move to London. “Mental Notes” is re-recorded for the overseas market and the Enz tour the United Kingdom just as punk rears its snotty head. An ill-fated promotional tour of the United States leads to the departure of key band members. Neil Finn is asked to join.

Songs in this programme include Titus, Sweet Dreams, Another Great Divide, Jamboree and Crosswords plus rare recordings of Love Song and Fallout With The Lads.

Album Trivia: Second Thoughts

The Enz lived opposite Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren’s Sex Shop in Kings Road while recording “Second Thoughts” (or “Mental Notes”, as it was known in the Northern Hemisphere).  

Eddie Rayner hired a double-Mellotron for these sessions.

Tim Finn was kept away from the studio during the recording of the rhythm tracks. “He was deemed too nervy”, says bassist Mike Chunn.  

Matinee Idyll, the re-recorded and re-named 129, features former Split Enz member Miles Golding on violin.

The demo of Late Last Night contained an extra verse.

There were two studio versions of Late Last Night released on record. The first was recorded in Melbourne with producer Ernie Rose and was released as a single in Australasia with a promo video. The second was the Phil Manzanera-produced version for the album. Unfortunately, the tape of the original Late Last Night is no longer in the vault. Therefore, when the “Split Enz” DVD was being compiled, this song’s video was synchronised with the album recording, causing some timing difficulties. See if you can spot ‘em.

The Late Last Night video, directed by Noel in the warehouse above the Armstrongs recording studio, features Mike as a drunk, puffing away on his cigarette. “I didn’t drink or smoke back then, so it was fun.”

UK Sounds magazine named Mental Notes as the best debut LP for 1976.

See Episode 2 - Mental Notes for more information on the cover art.