Does anyone know if anything is happening to celebrate the Golden Anniversary of the first gigs played by Split Enz? I ask in that my understanding is that the 10th of December, 1972, is the Golden Anniversary of the Enz debut at the Wynyard Tavern and at Levi's Saloon. It was at this evening when they met Barry Coburn who became their first manager who in turn set the events rolling for the first 3 Kiwi singles, the Ngarawahai Music Festival appearance, the John Mayall tour, the New Faces competition on the NZBC, the Mandrill demos (side 2 of The Beginning of the Enz), and the Buck-A-heads. Please correct me if I am mistaken in any of these, but I cannot locate anywhere if there is ANY recognition of this important date.
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I am currently having the same issue. I was always under the impression that the date was the 10th of December, 1972. However, I recently stumbled on a Split Enz mini interview where Tim noted that the date was the 9th of December (I have attached the link to the video below).
I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they do something to celebrate this milestone, as I think it would be such a missed opportunity if they do not.
I remember that faux emotional breakdown on the link sent as part of a TVNZ ad announcement although I’m sure it could’ve been used elsewhere to announce the final Auckland dates in ‘84. Mind you, even Tim states on ‘The Living Enz’ prior to One Step Ahead that he always forgets….The Mike Chunn (auto)biography describes on p.42 the debut gigs as Sunday, the 10th of December so either way, it’s this weekend. Perhaps the lack of awareness is simply the way Split Enz is viewed these days. I hope that I’m wrong but I do wonder…the True Colours 40th remix was over in a flash; The Forenzics…that was all well and good to those who were interested. Growing up with Split Enz in NZ was an absolute joy; I remember seeing them appearing as Split Ends on the New Faces competition as a pre-schooler and being enthralled by those 2 songs. My folks went out of their way to find and buy the Sweet Talking Spoon Song/129 single which I still have. I don’t write about the 50th anniversary out of nostalgia but out of respect to the band. The Enz became the measure by which every kiwi band was measured; each single and album was different to its predecessor and there was genuine dismay in NZ when the band announced its ending in July ‘84. The 20th anniversary tour in March ‘93 of NZ was massive; there was an abundance of excitement and celebration throughout NZ that outshone McCartney’s visit at around the same time. The band was on fire as well where everyone shone as a musician and as a performer. At least all those songs on all those albums remain full of life for us to enjoy. I’ll play my 1973 Split Ends 45 r.p.m. White Cloud single this weekend celebrating a band who turned out to be the exact opposite of the opening 129 line of ‘Hiding in the wings, forever….’Happy Birthday, Split Enz.
@Alphonse posted:The 20th anniversary tour in March ‘93 of NZ was massive; there was an abundance of excitement and celebration throughout NZ that outshone McCartney’s visit at around the same time. The band was on fire as well where everyone shone as a musician and as a performer. At least all those songs on all those albums remain full of life for us to enjoy. I’ll play my 1973 Split Ends 45 r.p.m. White Cloud single this weekend celebrating a band who turned out to be the exact opposite of the opening 129 line of ‘Hiding in the wings, forever….’Happy Birthday, Split Enz.
I don't dare play my copy of the Split Ends single, my most treasured piece in the collection.
Wouldn't it be great if Split Enz followed McCartney's lead and put out a 7" box set of replica singles - all the NZ releases, with their correct lengths/mixes etc.
It would have been a good opportunity to do a Re release like the Crowded House 2016 roll out.
Well, that’s that. If it wasn’t for Neil’s goodwill and time, there would’ve been nothing whatsoever to recognise this event. I was surprised that there were no other Auckland-based Enz members featured: Robert Gillies, Geoff Chunn, and Paul Crowther could well have shared brilliant insights - if they had wished to do so - but I really think that this pulls the door closed on Split Enz. A 2016 Crowded House-styled re-release of the Enz albums is an exciting thought but A) I doubt that too many would buy, and B) an attempt at this already occurred with the 2006 remasters (+ 2 remixes). I’m relieved that Eddie didn’t remix Time & Tide in the way he did True Colours (did you notice how the fades of Neil’s songs simply fell off a cliff?) as albums as brilliant as this deserve to be left alone (although I’d be tempted to replace Never Ceases To Amaze Me with the phenomenal Remember When). I’m very grateful to Neil for what he did via Fangradio with Mike and Eddie; it was lovely to hear his memories and enthusiasm.