Split Enz Profile

aka Split Ends
Brian White
16 Apr 2013

Arguably the most important New Zealand band of all time, and certainly the most successful, Split Enz redefined the way New Zealand wrote, created and enjoyed music, traversing a path from eclectic folkies to stadium filling superstars in their 14 years.

Split Enz emerged from the leftfield of the New Zealand music scene in the mid-1970s, but they gradually built a mainstream audience on both sides of the Tasman. Although based in Melbourne and signed to the indie Australian company Mushroom Records for most of their career, they remained as strongly identified with New Zealand as the buzzy-bee and the All Blacks. 

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The press release for the first single 'Split Ends' / 'For You'
Photo credit: Murray Cammick Collection
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1978-79 - L to R: Noel Crombie, Tim Finn, Eddie Rayner, Neil Finn, Malcolm Green, Nigel Griggs
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1976-77
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Split Enz, 1977 - back: Neil Finn, Tim Finn, Nigel Griggs, Eddie Rayner; front: Malcolm Green, Noel Crombie
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Bold As Brass
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Canadian cover for the 1980 single 'Poor Boy'
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Phil Judd 1976
Photo credit: Murray Cammick Collection
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I Hope I Never (1980)
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Split Ends 1973 
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I Got You (Paul Hogan Show 1980)
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Maybe (1975 Telethon performance)
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Split Ends 1973 L to R: Wally Wilkinson, Phil Judd, Mike Chunn, Geoff Chunn, Brian Finn
Photo credit: Murray Cammick Collection
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I Got You
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Noel Crombie in a shoot for Cha Cha magazine, mid-1980s
Photo credit: Murray Cammick Collection
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1980: L to R: Neil Finn, Tim Finn, Nigel Griggs, Eddie Rayner, Malcolm Green, Noel Crombie
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Enz With A Bang (Final NZ tour 1984)
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October 1977 - Tim Finn and Mike Chunn with Mushroom's Michael Gudinski
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A slide of the original Phil Judd painting used for the cover of 1975's Mental Notes album. The original is now in Te Papa
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Promotor Ian Magan with Tim Finn in the early 1980s. Magan, a "pirate" founder of Radio Hauraki, worked with Split Enz for a decade as their promoter, from the 1975 university tours to the later stadium shows.
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
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The promo pack sent out by Split Enz's management for the 1975 release of the Mental Notes album
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Message To My Girl
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Spellbound (Documentary)
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I See Red
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Phil Judd, 1976
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Nigel Griggs, Tim Finn, Eddie Rayner, Neil Finn, Paul Hester, Noel Crombie
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1976
Photo credit: Murray Cammick Collection
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Mental Notes publicity shot - L to R: Wally Wilkinson (back), Timothy Finn (front), Noel Crombie, Eddie Rayner (back), Jonathan Michael Chunn (front), Philip Judd, Emlyn Crowther (as they were called on the album)
Photo credit: Simon Grigg Collection
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1975 publicity shot in Auckland domain. L to R: Noel Crombie, Tim Finn, Phil Judd, Eddie Rayner, Mike Chunn, Paul Crowther, Wally Wilkinson.
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Tim Finn pre-show, 1976
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Eddie Rayner radio station ad
Photo credit: Simon Grigg Collection
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Split Enz fanclub magazine, 1982
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Homegrown Profiles: The Finns (2005)
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Split Enz 1976. L to R: Noel Crombie, Malcolm Green (back), Phil Judd (front), Mike Chunn, Tim Finn (lying), Rob Gillies, Eddie Rayner
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Live at the Auckland Town Hall, 1976
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Tim Finn finds that the visual side of the Split Enz show can be a little uncomfortable at times. Noel Crombie creating the 1976 trademark Finn hair in London.
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1973 press ad for the first single
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Creem magazine (USA) gets it rather wrong, April 1981
Photo credit: Murray Cammick Collection
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1974 Students Arts Council tour
Photo credit: Murray Cammick Collection
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Haul Away (Live in Hamilton 1982)
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Split Enz, 1978 - clockwise from bottom left: Malcolm Green, Eddie Rayner, Neil Finn, Tim Finn, Noel Crombie, Nigel Griggs
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Spellbound (Live on Grunt Machine 1975)
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Poor Boy
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History Never Repeats
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Noel Crombie in the early 1980s
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Split Enz receive platinum records from PolyGram New Zealand in 1980 for sales of the True Colours album. After a dispute with Festival Records in NZ over their promotion of the Frenzy album Enz moved their local distribution to PolyGram for three albums. With them is PolyGram's Stuart Rubin.
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Split Enz fanclub magazine, 1977
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Split Enz fanclub magazine, 1980
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Phil Judd backstage 1976
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Neil and Tim Finn interviewed in 1984
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Members:

Paul Hester - drums

Eddie Rayner - keyboards

Paul Crowther - drums

Tim Finn - vocals, piano, guitar

Geoff Chunn - guitar

Malcolm Green - drums

Mike Chunn - bass

Miles Golding - violin

Neil Finn - vocals, guitar, mandolin

Nigel Griggs - bass

Noel Crombie - drums, percussion

Phil Judd - Guitar, vocals

Wally Wilkinson - guitar

Robert Gillies - sax

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Labels:

Mushroom Records


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