Split Enz









Split Enz

Split Enz

was a popular band from New Zealand during the late 1970's and the early 1980's. The members of the band were the brothers, Tim and Neil Finn, Mike Chunn, Robert Gillies, Phil Judd, and Noel Crombie. The called the band, Split Ends in the beginning and in 1972, they were working with the band called, The Friends. Before their first trip to Australia, they changed the spelling of the name to Split Enz. The band formed at the University of Auckland. The group wore wild costumes and hairstyles and they were very well known for their appearance on stage. Their career was in two different phases. The first phase was in performing progressive rock in the early 1970's. Later it became more of a punk rock style. They spent the first five years together writing songs and performing. They stockpiled their songs for several years, and finally decided to try to record some of their music.

The group released their second single called, Sweet Talking Spoon Song, in 1973 under the EMI NZ label. Phil Judd decided he didn’t like to perform on stage so he stayed home and wrote songs and recorded.. They then went on tour. In 1974 the group decided to they would stay out of the bars and clubs and perform in theaters and concert halls. They figured this way they could perform a full theatrical performance. They formed elaborate sets, costumes, hairstyles and makeup. After Judd saw one of the performances, he decided to rejoin them in the band and to perform occasionally on stage with them. This was the same with their old friend, Noel Crombie. In 1974, Chunn and Gillies left the band. Paul Emlyn Crowther replaced Chunn on the drums but Gillies was not replaced.

Near the end of 1974, the group were becoming well known in New Zealand. The group then decided the only way they were going to get any farther in their career, they needed to go to Australia. They released their third single called, No Bother To Me, on the White Cloud Label. The response they got from the audiences in Australia, in the beginning, was that many felt that their music and costumes were too “out there” for their taste. The group went on to release more albums and singles. They released a total of 25 albums and 32 singles during their career. The members also had periods of solo projects during this time and up to date. In 2005, Split Enz were inducted into the ARIA Music Awards Hall of Fame. They performed the songs, History Never Repeats, and Poor Boy, at the event. Split Enz are planning to tour Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch, in March, 2008.