Split Enz

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Split Enz were a successful New Zealand band during the late 1970s and early 1980s featuring brothers Tim and Neil Finn.

The band started life in 1971 at the Auckland University, where Tim met up with (old friend) Mike Chunn, Robert Gillies, Philip Judd and Noel Crombie. From 1972 the band became a full-time occupation for the friends, and they called the band Split Ends. The spelling was later changed to Split Enz when they went on their first trip to Australia, to signify their New Zealand roots.

The musical style is best described as new wave - eclectic and wildly original, incorporating influences from art rock, vaudeville, swing, punk, rock and pop. Their costumes and hair were like nothing else, wild and colourful.

Between 1972 and 1977 Tim shared leader duties with Phil, when the latter left the band for good, younger brother Neil Finn joined at 17 years of age, and he went on to write most of the major hits the band had. Their biggest international hit was the single "I Got You".

After Tim decided to leave the band to pursue a solo-career in 1983, it became clear that the other major songwriter, Neil, did not think the band could go on without him. The band finally broke up in November of 1984. Whatever tension there might have been between the band and Tim was resolved, and they went on their final tour together, Enz with a Bang.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1975 Mental Notes 3
1976 Second Thoughts 2
1977 Dizrythmia 2
1979 Frenzy 2
1980 True Colours 8
1981 Waiata 4
1982 Time and Tide 4
1983 Conflicting Emotions 2
1984 See Ya 'Round 2
1993 Rear Enz 1
2007 The Rootin Tootin Luton Tapes 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1982 Enz of an Era 2
1987 History Never Repeats: The Best of Split Enz 5
1991 The Beginning of the Enz 1
1992 1972-1979 1
1992 1980-1984 1
1993 Oddz and Enz 1
1993 The Best of Split Enz 2
1997 Spellbound 1
1997 Stranger Than Fiction 1
1997 The Gold Collection 1
1999 The Very Best of Split Enz 1
2002 History Never Repeats: The Best Of 1
2006 The Collection 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1991 The Living Enz 1
1994 Anniversary 1
2005 Extravagenza 1
2007 One Out of the Bag 1
2011 Greatest Hits Live 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1978 I See Red 1
1979 I Got You 2

Unspecified type

Year Title RatingReleases
2002 History Never Repeats, The Very Best of Split Enz (30th Anniversary Edition) (2002) 0

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