True Colours, the fifth album released by New Zealand band Split Enz, was their first major commercial success. Released in 1980, the album featured more mature songwriting from Neil Finn. The US release of the album featured "Shark Attack" and "I Got You" in reversed positions due to the latter's success on the single charts
Split Enz biography Perhaps better known to most as a successful New Zealand, (and NZ's most successful band and hugely popular in NZ and Australia) new wave act from the early 1980s. SPLIT ENZ did in fact start life as a prog band formed in 1972 originally spelt SPLIT ENDS (the spelling changed to Enz when the band left New Zealand), by friends at Auckland University Phil Judd (Guitar, vocals) and Brian (Tim) Finn (Vocals, piano, guitar), who had an inspired period of song writing together. SPLIT ENZ eventually caught the eye of Roxy Music member Phil Manzanera, the band moved to the UK in 1976 and Manzanera their second album, Second Thoughts. The UK proved to be a difficult time for the band, Punk music became popular which made it a hostile environment for ENZ to be in, they did not have an agent to book them concerts and promote them, therefore their album did not sell well. After a disastrous US tour, and increasingly erratic behaviour on stage Phil Judd, the bands main songwriter left the group.
Split Enz is one of the most successful and longest running bands ever to emerge from New Zealand. The group was formed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1972 by Tim Finn, Phil Judd, Mike Chunn, Miles Golding, and Mike Howard, who originally called themselves "Split Ends. They soon changed the spelling to honor their NZ homeland. For much of their career, the band was known for wild costumes and make-up designed by Crombie.
Band Name Split Enz. Album Name Extravagenza. Released date August 2005. Labels Liberation Blue. Members owning this album0. Disc 1. 1. Shark Attack. 2. Poor Boy. 3. Message to My Girl.
Split Enz remains an institution in their homeland, occassionally playing reunion gigs. In 1996, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra performed a symphonic tribute to Split Enz under the direction of Eddie Rayner with contributions from both Tim and Neil Finn as well as other New Zealand artists including Dave Dobbyn. The resulting album, ENZSO, spent several weeks in the Australian and New Zealand Top Ten. A second ENZSO project, ENZSO 2, followed in 1999. The classic Enz lineup reunited for a New Year's Eve millennium gig in New Zealand
Split Enz chronology. Second Thoughts (1976). Mental Notes is the 1975 debut album by New Zealand art rock band Split Enz. The album cover was painted by band member Phil Judd. Original vinyl copies featured Phil saying "Make a mental note" in the runout groove of the record's second side, causing the phrase to be looped ad infinitum on manual turntables until the stylus is removed. Split Enz. Production.