Split Enz, One Step Ahead [Single] (1980)
There’s a well-documented theory that the person responsible for the writing frenzy and song-by-song battle between the young N.Finn and the older T. Finn was one David Tickle. The British producer sure saved Split Enz from the dwindly returns of being lost at sea, making great, great music but not gaining the following, the traction. Tickle engineered their real break-through, and even if you claim only to be a fan of the early (Judd) years there’s still so much to like about when the Enz went commercial – and the were still weirdly wonderful on the fringes of the new wave, never belonging to any one thing, including countries it seemed. Well Neil wins the fight here – his One Step Ahead is one of the real triumphs on the album Waiata, which is in no way a ‘bad’ record either (N. Finn also offers up a little ditty called History Never Repeats on the parent album to this single). One Step Ahead is that mercurial N. Finn magic though. That’s for fucking sure.
Sample Track 1: (Side A): One Step Ahead
Sample Track 2: (Side B): In The Wars
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