....are one of the best kept secrets in music!
Split Enz were/are, IMO, one of the best bands in the world since The Beatles.
over a period of nine years from 75-84 they released nine studio albums.
although memebers of the band came and went with each album, the basic nucleus of Neil and Tim Finn remained tight and focused.
their music range from Arthouse type pop,jazz,pop,new wave,vaudeville,country and new wave/punk...basically anything and everything they could mold into their own unique style, much the same as The Beatles did.
the comparrisons to the Beatles do not stop there, Tim Finn was pretty much the Lennon of the group...always adding something weird,cryptic,dark and unusual to the songs.
Neil Finn was the master craftsman of fine pop tunes that were easily digested by the listener in much the same way as McCartney.
also, the pair wrote seperately but bounced ideas off one another, much the same as John and Paul.
like the Beatles, Split Enz and the Finn brothers were in many ways ahead of their time.
i have always thought that had they come from the UK or US rather than a little island at the bottom of the earth(New Zealand) that they would have got more exposure to the wider musical community and been hugely successful.
i'll try to bring whatever 'facts' i can about the albums and band members as we proceed through this, but it is difficult as both Finn Brothers are very private people so i need to be vigilant in what i post as most information tends to be secondhand comments from friends and associates,therefore may not be entirely accurate.
hopefully you will all learn to like/love and/or at least appreciate the talent that lies here within the beginners guide to Split Enz.
a small teaser of what's to come...