Split Enz

aka Split Ends

Arguably the most important New Zealand band of all time, and certainly the most successful, Split Enz redefined the way New Zealand wrote, created and enjoyed music, traversing a path from eclectic folkies to stadium filling superstars in their 14 years.

Split Enz emerged from the leftfield of the New Zealand music scene in the mid-1970s, but they gradually built a mainstream audience on both sides of the Tasman. Although based in Melbourne and signed to the indie Australian company Mushroom Records for most of their career, they remained as strongly identified with New Zealand as the buzzy-bee and the All Blacks. 

Phil Judd, 1976
Phil Judd 1976
Photo credit: Murray Cammick Collection
Noel Crombie in a shoot for Cha Cha magazine, mid-1980s
Photo credit: Murray Cammick Collection
Maybe (1975 Telethon performance)
Noel Crombie in the early 1980s
Bold As Brass
Enz With A Bang (Final NZ tour 1984)
Split Enz - Late Last Night (1976)
Split Enz 1976. L to R: Noel Crombie, Malcolm Green (back), Phil Judd (front), Mike Chunn, Tim Finn (lying), Rob Gillies, Eddie Rayner
Creem magazine (USA) gets it rather wrong, April 1981
Photo credit: Murray Cammick Collection
Haul Away (Live in Hamilton 1982)
A slide of the original Phil Judd painting used for the cover of 1975's Mental Notes album. The original is now in Te Papa
1980: L to R: Neil Finn, Tim Finn, Nigel Griggs, Eddie Rayner, Malcolm Green, Noel Crombie
Photo credit: Murray Cammick Collection
Split Enz receive platinum records from PolyGram New Zealand in 1980 for sales of the True Colours album. After a dispute with Festival Records in NZ over their promotion of the Frenzy album Enz moved their local distribution to PolyGram for three albums. With them is PolyGram's Stuart Rubin.
Split Enz, 1977 - back: Neil Finn, Tim Finn, Nigel Griggs, Eddie Rayner; front: Malcolm Green, Noel Crombie
Tim Finn pre-show, 1976
Phil Judd backstage 1976
1975 publicity shot in Auckland domain. L to R: Noel Crombie, Tim Finn, Phil Judd, Eddie Rayner, Mike Chunn, Paul Crowther, Wally Wilkinson.
Spellbound (Live on Grunt Machine 1975)
Poor Boy
Promotor Ian Magan with Tim Finn in the early 1980s. Magan, a "pirate" founder of Radio Hauraki, worked with Split Enz for a decade as their promoter, from the 1975 university tours to the later stadium shows.
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
Homegrown Profiles: The Finns (2005)
Canadian cover for the 1980 single 'Poor Boy'
Tim Finn finds that the visual side of the Split Enz show can be a little uncomfortable at times. Noel Crombie creating the 1976 trademark Finn hair in London.
Split Enz, 1978 - clockwise from bottom left: Malcolm Green, Eddie Rayner, Neil Finn, Tim Finn, Noel Crombie, Nigel Griggs
Early 1977: Michael Gudinski and a Mushroom colleague celebrate with Tim Finn and Mike Chunn. 
1974 Students Arts Council tour
Photo credit: Murray Cammick Collection
Split Ends 1973 
1978-79 - L to R: Noel Crombie, Tim Finn, Eddie Rayner, Neil Finn, Malcolm Green, Nigel Griggs
History Never Repeats
Split Enz, c 1979/1980
Mental Notes publicity shot - L to R: Wally Wilkinson (back), Timothy Finn (front), Noel Crombie, Eddie Rayner (back), Jonathan Michael Chunn (front), Philip Judd, Emlyn Crowther (as they were called on the album)
Photo credit: Simon Grigg Collection
I Got You (Paul Hogan Show 1980)
Down at the old saloon, Auckland, 3 February 2020. A reunion with (from left) Mike Chunn, Murray Grindlay, Barry Coburn, and music journalist Phil Gifford. In December 1972 promoter Barry Coburn presented Split Ends at its second gig, at Levi's Saloon on Customs Street, Auckland. Grindlay and Gifford, of course, also have many tales to tell.
Photo credit: Tyler Coburn
Neil and Tim Finn interviewed in 1984
Split Ends 1973 L to R: Wally Wilkinson, Phil Judd, Mike Chunn, Geoff Chunn, Brian Finn
Photo credit: Murray Cammick Collection
The press release for the first single 'Split Ends' / 'For You'
Photo credit: Murray Cammick Collection
I See Red
1973 press ad for the first single
Message To My Girl
Tim Finn and Phil Manzanera having a chat (2021)
Split Enz fanclub magazine, 1980
Split Enz fanclub magazine, 1977
Nigel Griggs, Tim Finn, Eddie Rayner, Neil Finn, Paul Hester, Noel Crombie
I Hope I Never (1980)
The promo pack sent out by Split Enz's management for the 1975 release of the Mental Notes album
Live at the Auckland Town Hall, 1976
I Got You
Spellbound (Documentary)
Split Enz fanclub magazine, 1982
Eddie Rayner radio station ad
Photo credit: Simon Grigg Collection

Mushroom Records

White Cloud


Paul Hester - drums

Eddie Rayner - keyboards

Paul Crowther - drums

Tim Finn - vocals, piano, guitar

Geoff Chunn - guitar

Malcolm Green - drums

Mike Chunn - bass

Miles Golding - violin

Neil Finn - vocals, guitar, mandolin

Nigel Griggs - bass

Noel Crombie - drums, percussion

Phil Judd - Guitar, vocals

Wally Wilkinson - guitar

Robert Gillies - sax

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