Split Enz

Split Enz were a New Zealand rock band formed in Auckland in 1972 by Tim Finn and Phil Judd and had a variety of other members during its existence. Originally started as a folk-oriented group with quirky art rock stylings, the band built a strong regional following, noted for their outlandish costumes and makeup. After Tim Finn's brother Neil joined as co-lead vocalist and songwriter, the band came to embrace a more streamlined and pop-oriented approach and became pioneers of new wave. The band achieved worldwide indie stardom in the 1980s, with particular success in New Zealand, Canada and Australia. 

 

The band experienced its greatest success in the early 1980s, with the albums True Colours (1980), Waiata (1981) and Time and Tide (1982) reaching number one in New Zealand and Australia and producing the hit singles "I Got You" (a New Zealand and Australian number-one), "One Step Ahead", "History Never Repeats", "Dirty Creature" and "Six Months in a Leaky Boat". The band also earned a cult following in North America and Europe, with its music videos entering heavy rotation in the early years of MTV. After Tim Finn left the band to start a solo career, Neil Finn became its sole leader for the album See Ya 'Round (1984), before Split Enz broke up. Neil Finn and Australian drummer Paul Hester went on to collaborate in a new band called the Mullanes, later known as Crowded House. 

In total, Split Enz had 10 albums (including seven studio albums) reach the top 10 of the Official New Zealand Music Chart. It has had eight songs listed in the APRA Top 100 New Zealand Songs of All Time, more than any other band. 

 

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