Split Enz Things/ Semi Datached (sic) (Mushroom, K 7643, 1979)
To my mind there are distinct phases to the Split Ends/Enz story:
- Prologue - Split Ends release two singles and appear on New Faces
- Act 1 - Split Enz - Phil Judd and Tim Finn in control, Mike Chunn on board
- Act 2 - Tim Finn in control (Neil ascending)
- Act 3 - Neil in control (Tim descending, then no Tim)
- Epilogue - reformations
I See Red is a Tim song and is a frenzied blast of raw kiwi rock and roll. It works, spectacularly! A classic!
Things is a Neil song (although Tim and Neil sing great co lead vocals) and is catchy in a clever XTC pop way. Although undeniably catchy, it's still not quite firing on all cylinders.
Neil was paying attention though as we'll see in the next post.
Hidden gems: The bizarre image years of weird haircuts, weird makeup, and weird clothes were becoming a thing of the past but Hermit and Message both have that kind of weird vocal quirkiness to them still.
Semi Detached (but spelled incorrectly on my copy) is a kind of Charlie or Stuff And Nonsense style ballad. For my money Tim nailed it more on those other two titles.