|Genres:||Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||new wave new zealand 80s rock kiwi pop progressive rock|
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
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Originally formed in Auckland, New Zealand, in 1972 as Split Ends, this beloved and expansive unit evolved around Tim Finn (Brian Timothy Finn, 25 June 1952, Te Awamutu, New Zealand; vocals/piano), Mike Chunn (b. Michael Jonathan Chunn, 8 June 1952, Otahuhu, Auckland, New Zealand; bass/keyboards), Phil Judd (b. Philip Raymond Judd, 23 March 1953, Hastings, New Zealand; vocals/guitar/mandolin), Miles Golding (violin), and Mike Howard (flute). Their debut single For You/Split Ends was released in February 1973, but following a promotional tour Golding and Howard announced they were leaving. The band adopted a more electric sound with the recruitment of new members Wally Wilkinson (b. Paul Wilkinson, New Zealand; guitar), Robert Gillies (b. New Zealand; saxophone) and Geoffrey Chunn (b. Auckland, New Zealand; drums). They appeared on the televised New Zealand talent show New Faces and, after changing their name to Split Enz, added Eddie Rayner...