Split Enz

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Split Enz were a New Zealand rock band, formed in 1972 and featuring Phil Judd and Tim Finn and later Neil Finn. One of the most successful New Zealand musical acts of the late 1970s and early 1980s, the band would go on to achieve chart success in New Zealand, Australia and Canada – most notably with their 1980 single "I Got You" – and built a cult following elsewhere. Their musical style was eclectic, incorporating influences from art rock, vaudeville, swing, punk, rock, new wave, and pop. Split Enz established a reputation for a distinctive visual style, thanks partly to their colourful, offbeat costumes and hairstyles.

The group's career falls into two phases. They began as an acoustic folk band in the early 1970s and by the time they recorded their first album they had changed to electric instruments and took on a progressive rock sound. From 1977 onwards, with the departure of songwriter/guitarist Phil Judd and the arrival of Neil Finn, Split Enz' sound began to move from progressive rock towards new wave and pop. The early 1980s proved the group's most commercially successful period, with a string of popular albums. The videos for some of the songs from this period were among the first played on MTV. Since the band's break-up in 1984, the group has reunited several times, and its members have gone on to create varied musical groups with one another, including Neil Finn's band Crowded House, Schnell Fenster, Citizen Band and the Finn Brothers.

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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 3
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 4
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

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