This isn't so much new music as it is a radical reworking of the arrangement of 'Walking Down A Road.' There's a Brian Eno quote in Mike Chunn's 'Stranger Than Fiction' (auto)biography where Eno listen to this song particular and focuses solely on a piano part of Eddie's, stating that this could be a song all unto itself. Perhaps this is the flicker that has set this new arrangement alight. Although I find the idea intriguing, I wonder at the point of it all.
A number of former Enz members live in Auckland and are conspicuous by their absence in the clip even though a number of them played in Eddie's Enzo 3. What will be the push for 'Walking' + any album that accompanies it apart from Eddie continually keeping the candle lit for Split Enz? No other band member brings the idea of Split Enz back as often as Eddie.The 40th anniversary of True Colours c/- Eddie is imminent which will need a healthy dose of publicity and goodwill, especially if the record company has already listed each vinyl album at an average of $55 (Aust.) each in 4 different colour combinations. Eddie's projects in the past (such as The Conrays and The Eddie Rayner Project) disappeared before they really began; the Live, Alive Oh album released 3 years ago (and thus 9 years after the final tour) barely had a whisper of P.R. to give it recognition. These are small details, I know, but a new approach such as this (give or take getting the band's name correct) needs good management indeed. Incidentally, does Split Enz actually own its own name anymore?
I sincerely hope that something good comes of 'Walking' even when it doesn't look good to see it pulled away from Eddie's page so quickly. I listened to Mental Notes and Second Thoughts again yesterday and they absolutely floored me; phenomenal music from such young musicians. I'm very glad that they re-recorded some of Mental Notes as tunes such as Titus and Time For A Change are superb. Wally's guitar has often been much-maligned in the Enz history but he plays some brilliant lines throughout the debut album even though the engineer didn't do Wally's sound any justice at all (he's brilliant on 'The Beginning of the Enz' as well; the solo on Sweet Talking Spoon song is very clever). The rhythm section of Crowther & Chunn is beyond words for me...I love Geoff Chunn's playing, but the Crowther/Chunn combination has something magical all unto itself. Rob Gillies is a rarity in being able to move from a being a brass player to a reeds player; I think that that is him x 4 playing in Late Last Night. Therefore, I wonder why these talents weren't featured within 'Walking' (as far as I know)? Any insights shared would be much appreciated.
....And on a completely different (mental) note, the next few days sees the 43rd anniversary since Nigel and Neil joined the band....