1 Nov 2016

Great New Zealand Album: Second Thoughts - Split Enz

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 2:22 pm on 1 November 2016
Split Enz

Early Split Enz: Back row L-R: Paul Crowther, Noel Crombie, Tim Finn, Eddie Rayner, Mike Chunn. In front: Robert Gillies & Phil Judd Photo: Supplied

Our Great New Zealand album today dates from 1976 and came from one of our more celebrated bands at the time. 

They got together at Auckland University in the early 70's and, after auditioning themselves in music practice room 129, decided to form a band.  It was an unusual line up for a rock band, Guitar, Piano, Bass, Violin and Flute but that ensemble didn't last. 

In 1973 after recording one song and doing a short tour to promote it, the three main protagonists; Brian, Jonathan and Phil progressed to a more electric sound, adding Drums, Sax and another Guitar.

SPLIT ENZ in 1975

SPLIT ENZ in 1975. In front, Tim Finn, left, Mike Chunn, Wally Wilkinson, and Phil Judd. Back row: Emlyn Crowther, left, Noel Crombie, and Eddie Rayner. Photo: Evening Post

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