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Split Enz True Colours

Split Enz was New Zealand’s first internationally recognised band. Revered and influential to this day, they were true originals who created their own sound and style of performance from the time they formed as Split Ends in 1972. 

In 1975, Split Enz recorded their debut album Mental Notes, now seen by many as an early masterpiece. But it was with 1980’s True Colours that the band truly arrived on the world stage. Tim Finn’s songs Shark Attack, I Hope I Never and Poor Boy became staples of the live set, while Neil Finn contributed the band’s biggest hit, I Got You. True Colours also ushered in the era of Eddie Rayner’s instrumentals, which featured on all subsequent Enz albums.  

True Colours was in heavy rotation on college radio in America, and BBC1 in the United Kingdom, and would influence a whole range of international artists including the B-52s and a young Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam), as well as many of our New Zealand musicians back home. 

Split Enz, the band and its songs, are an enduring cultural treasure for all New Zealanders.

Date of issue: 1 May 2024

Split Enz True Colours

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