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  History Never Repeats celebrating 50 years of Split Enz
 
So This year (2022) marks the big 50 for Split Enz the biggest most legendary NZ band in my opinion talented musicians and songwriters. I wanted to do somthing for the anniversary so I thought I would reach out to every NZ musician I could and asked these questions

1What would you consider to be Split Enzs signature song
2What is your favourite/The most memorable Split Enz album
3What is your favourite/The most memorable Split Enz music video
4What is your favourite/The most memorable Split Enz song
5 if possible why does their music stand out for you


Mark Silvey (Garageland)
1 - For me this would be I Got You. I had just moved to NZ from the UK and had bought this single in the UK when I was about 10 or 11 and was really blown away by this band and quickly became my fave NZ band.
2 - Mental Notes - quirky, weird.
3 - Perhaps Sweet Dreams - The costumes and makeup are hard to beat.
4 - My most memorable Split Enz song, GEEZ ! So many but perhaps One Step Ahead.
5 - It's very NZ yet so different to anything else. The songs stick in your head and years later they have the same effect on you that they did when you 1st heard them

Paul Barrett (Pan Am)
1. I See Red
2. Time and Tide
3. Dirty Creature
4. Poor Boy
5. Tim Finn's musical genius.


Steve Wells (Fur Patrol)

1: message to my girl

2: True colours 

3: message to my girl 

4: I hope I never

5: the songwriting, the hooks / melodies. Beautifully constructed. 

 

Clinton Den Heyer (Weta)

1What would you consider to be Split Enzs signature song 

1I See Red. 

Its the song that immediately comes to mind when I think of Split Enz

2What is your favourite/The most memorable Split Enz album 

True Colors was the first one I listened to. 

My uncle had it on vinyl and he eventually hid it cause I would not stop playing it  

3What is your favourite/The most memorable Split Enz music video 

Six Months in a Leaky Boat. F

inding out what both the song and the video meant sparked a life long interest in History

4What is your favourite/The most memorable Split Enz song 

History Never Repeats / I Got You. I

 used my grandmothers knitting needles as drum sticks to play along to these songs on her couch until she hid her knitting needles after I put a hole in the couch. I always wondered if thats why she didn't hide the couch too. 

 5 if possible why does their music stand out for you

Using Haul Away from Time and Tide as an example. 

They seemed to have no restrictions on their song writing, delivering rich, and vividly memorable songs without feeling contrived 



Stephen Gallagher (Breathe)

1What would you consider to be Split Enzs signature song 

“I Got You”

2What is your favourite/The most memorable Split Enz album 

“True Colours”

3What is your favourite/The most memorable Split Enz music video 

“I Got You”

4What is your favourite/The most memorable Split Enz song 

“Give It A Whirl”

5 if possible why does their music stand out for you

For many reasons! Broadly, their eccentric visual and song writing style are unlike any other group that I can think of. Their songs could be odd, off kilter, laced with antipodean language or references but always incredibly compelling. For me, Eddie Rayner’s synth and keyboard work across the entire discography of the band is incredible: playful, unexpected, virtuosic, colourful and always tasteful. “I Got You” was the first song of theirs that I heard. I was 6 years old and it absolutely terrified me ( and I loved that).


Julia Deans (Fur Patrol)

I really only feel qualified to answer q's 1 & 5. For me their signature song would be "I See Red", as it just doesn't sound like anyone else. And my favourite SE song is "I Hope I Never".


Jason Kerrison (Opshop)

1.Stuff and Nonsense (to me)

2. Anniversary 

3. Six Months in a Leaky Boat

4. Charlie

5. SE were arguably the most influential NZ of all time. The sibling harmonies and rivalry for better turn of phrase and lyrical prowess. Nigel Griggs infectious melodic bass llines. Tim's voice and odd charisma. But Eddie Raynors unparalleled chops was the stand out character for me. I feel honored to be able to call him a friend these days. He is the truly unsung hero Spilt End. NZ Act


K’Lee 1 - Message to my Girl 2 - lol all but the 40th-anniversary album came out after I was born - But thanks to my parents ‘Conflicting Emotions’ was played a bit.

3. message to my girl

4. Seeing Purest Form perform - Split Endz, ‘Message to my girl’ 

5. I like how they experimented with different rifts, and melodies, nothing ever sounded like the last song. You can tell that they had so much fun writing, recording, and filming, creating fun magic every time

Simon Grigg

1What would you consider to be Split Enzs signature song 

Spellbound 

2What is your favourite/The most memorable Split Enz album 

Mental Notes 

3What is your favourite/The most memorable Split Enz music video 

Late Last Night 

4What is your favourite/The most memorable Split Enz song 

Time For A Change 
5 if possible why does their music stand out for you 
I love the first couple of albums. They changed the way New Zealanders created music and thought about it
Michael Glading

1. I got you 

2. True Colours 

3. Shark Attack (love the live footage)

4. I see Red

5. They have the perfect balance between pop sensibility and creative edge. Edgy but poppy. Gotta love that!!
Gareth Thomas (Goodshirt)

I’d love to say a bit about Split Enz - they’re huge for me!

1) Haul Away rings out, a return to their original style later on, autobiographical and it bookends their sound. 

2) Time and Tide came out when I was a homesick child living in the Canadian outback with my family in an icy prairie town. It made me dream of home and want to learn piano. 

3) I thought I Got You was cool and spooky, left an imprint on me helped this kid with his fear of the dark. 

4) 6 Months In a Leaky Boat, as it helped cure the aforementioned homesickness. 

5) Split Enz is why I became a musician, Eddie Raynor is why I started on piano and synthesizers - Split Enz has totally inspired my music. 

That melancholic, melodic, angular sound is what defines NZ music for me.


 












 
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