24 January 2014

Split Enz '79

Here's Split Enz performing Give It A Whirl at the Wellington Town Hall on 27 May 1979, which was Neil Finn's 21st birthday. Neil performs lead vocals here as on the album Frenzy, released three months earlier in February; the song was a co-write with brother Tim having written the lyrics and Neil contributing the music. Give It A Whirl and the album closer Mind Over Matter were the first Finn brothers co-writes on a Split Enz album, with Neil having joined the group officially in April 1977.

Frenzy achieved modest success, reaching no.13 in the New Zealand album charts, 24 in Australia and 49 in Canada. At the time of this Wellington gig the band had only one New Zealand top 40 charting single to its name (My Mistake, which reached no.21 in September 1977); the week after this concert I See Red would chart but only at no.43. It would take 1980's tremendous True Colours LP to propel them into proper Antipodean stardom - it went no.1 in both New Zealand and Australia, no.10 in Canada, and grazed the bottom of the top 40 in both the UK and the US; its classic Neil Finn-penned single I Got You topped the charts in New Zealand and Australia.

See also:
MusicNeil Finn, 24 November 2013
Music: Pajama Club, 4 November 2011
Music: Liam Finn, 4 December 2008
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