Split Enz, The Living Enz (1985)
I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately – because I wrote this book, see. (Well, actually, see!). And people, often interviewers – sometimes just regular (actual) people – have been asking me about New Zealand music and my approach to it and understanding. And in a way this album is big for me. You see, Split Enz was the first thing I knew about New Zealand Music – at least as far as I know. I’d no doubt heard other stuff – but this was the band I knew to be from New Zealand. And I loved what I heard and thought we were just so lucky to have them as our own. But it gave me some understanding of Kiwi music – I was seven/eight years old at the time. And I was obsessed with Split Enz. My parents dropped me and my brother off at my uncle’s house. His wife, my aunty, went with mum and dad. They went to the Enz With A Bang tour – the Napier show. I was gutted I couldn’t attend. Never mind it was a school-night, and I was eight and blah blah blah blah blah. Point is, Split Enz meant the world to me then. And still do in a way now. And this album was a big pointer, a crucial signifier. In a sense. Not because of any of the music on it – more because it was a reminder of the concert I was sure, at age 8, I should have been at.
Sample Track: Time For A Change
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