Split Enz - Nothing, if not original.

Split Enz – Live In London – 1977 – Nights At The Roundtable: Mini-Concert Edition

Split Enz - Nothing, if not original.

Split Enz – Nothing, if not original.

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I have a special fondness for this band. Having first seen Split Enz at The Roxy  in Los Angeles during their debut American tour in 1977 and having interviewed the band shortly after, I was baffled they didn’t receive the huge acceptance I could have sworn they were going to get from the start.

Well, that was a bit early. And it wasn’t for another couple of years before they got the worldwide recognition they really deserved. Split Enz were always an intelligent, well-crafted, thoroughly engaging band to listen to. And I will confess to wearing out my first copy of Mental Notes in a little less than a month.

They went through some personnel changes in the years later, eventually packing it in for a while in 1984 and going off to other endeavors. But Split Enz have always remained a unique entity in the story of Rock, weirdo stage personas not withstanding.

Tonight’s post is during that formative phase, a little while after I first saw them. In Concert in London and recorded by the venerable BBC for their In Concert series, Split Enz retain all that originality and energy, some 30+ years later.

Maybe you’ll feel the same way.

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  1. Cheers once again, Gordon! I’ve gone through more than a few copies of Mental Notes as well…it was on Chrysalis with a Manzanera production…sold! (Remember when you’d investigate something just because it was on a reputable label, with the bonus of a brilliant producer?)

    Thoroughly infatuated, I found out about the original version of Mental Notes on Mushroom, and called down to Oz from Ann Arbor, MI (in those days, a sizable bit of change!) to order both the original Mental Notes and Second Thoughts (the Aussie name for the Manzanera version). Mushroom were lovely and sent along 8x10s that I stared intently at while listening to the original Mental Notes…despite my love for Manzanera, a much better album, I thought.

    And as good as Tim Finn was, his brother Neil became brilliant almost overnight.

    Not to mention Phil Judd, the original mastermind of the band…after he left, we had to wait awhile, but his latter bands, the Swingers, Schnell Fenster and his solo albums were constantly on the turntable. (Unfortunately, he was convicted on a paedophile charge. Actually, make that *fortunately*…no matter how brilliant you are–and he is–that’s inexcusable.)

    But I’m going to forget all that while listening to this show (actually, he’s probably not in this incarnation, though I hope so) and take a trip back…oh, god…36 years ago (!) and enjoy, I’m sure.

    Thanks again!