Phil Judd Profile

aka Mr Phudd, Judsy
Gary Steel
23 Jan 2014

Troubled genius, avant-pop savant, call him what you will, Phil Judd is one of the most significant talents to have emerged from the claustrophobia of mid-70s NZ, and his career path the most bewildering.

Think about it: from Split Enz to the Suburban Reptiles to The Swingers to solo soundtrack work to Schnell Fenster to Mr Phudd. It's quite a stretch, but everything Judd has turned his attention to has contained his tense, acerbic humour and singular take on pop music.

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Phil Judd, 1976
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Phil Judd in a 1983 Mushroom publicity shot
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The Swingers - One Good Reason
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Phil Judd, circa 1982
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Schnell Fenster's 1988 single, Whisper
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Phil Judd 1976
Photo credit: Murray Cammick Collection
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The Swingers - It Ain't What You Dance It's The Way That You Dance It
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Phil Judd and Roxy Music's Phil Manzanera, London 1976 while recording Split Enz's Second Thoughts album
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The Swingers - One Track Mind
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The Swingers in 1981 - Phil Judd, Bones Hillman, Buster Stiggs
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The Swingers - Counting The Beat
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Phil Judd in 1976 onstage with Split Enz in Auckland
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Phil Judd in a still from Starstruck
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Phil Judd backstage 1976
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The Enemy with Phil Judd - Alec Bathgate, Chris Knox, Mike Dooley, Phil Judd
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
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Phil Judd's 2014 album Play It Strange, built around a song of the same title, written and performed - but never recorded - by Phil Judd with Split Enz in the mid 1970s
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The 1990 Phil Judd and Tim Finn single The Hard Road, taken from the soundtrack of the 1990 movie The Big Steal. To date it's the only single released by the founding members of Split Enz as a duo.
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Split Enz- Spellbound (The Grunt Machine)
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The Swingers - More
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Phil Judd with The Suburban Reptiles on the Saturday Night Stay At Home video shoot. L to r: Zero, Buster Stiggs, Phil Judd
Photo credit: Simon Grigg Collection
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Untitled, the 2008 album by The UnTh!nkables, a duo of Phil Judd, and Roger Grierson (a New Zealander, formerly of Australian band The Thought Criminals).
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Phil Judd with Glenn Nacey at left, loading out of The Windsor Castle in Parnell, Auckland, after a Swingers gig in the early 1980s
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
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Phil Judd & Tim Finn - Long Hard Road
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Split Ends 1973 L to R: Wally Wilkinson, Phil Judd, Mike Chunn, Geoff Chunn, Brian "Tim" Finn
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Phil Judd recording in Auckland with For You with Split Ends, February 1973 at Stebbings Studios, Auckland
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Schnell Fenster - Love-Hate Relationship
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Phil Judd in his flat in 1985 just before heading to London to play on Tim Finn's Big Canoe album
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Schnell Fenster - Heroes Let You Down
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Phil Judd - Rendezvous
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Split Ends at Ngaruawahia, January 1973 - Mike Howard, Phil Judd, Brian Tim Finn, Jonathan Michael Chunn
Photo credit: Photo by Larry Jordan
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The Dream Away solo single, 1983
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Phil Judd and Tim Finn, 1975
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Suburban Reptiles - Saturday Night Stay At Home
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Phil Judd - No-One’s Best Man
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Phil Judd - Dream'n' Away
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Schnell Fenster - OK Alright A Huh Oh Yeah
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Ripper


Mushroom Records


Mana


MCA

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Judd is also an accomplished visual artist, and has incorporated his flair with a brush and paint into his album artwork. His brilliant cover for the classic Enz album Mental Notes is a case in point, although his distinctive visual style can be found dotted throughout his career, even up to the arresting artwork for his last two solo albums. He has exhibited sporadically, and several galleries own his work.

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