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how absloutely brilliant and moving is that song? Red Face I have been a CH fan for years, but never really got into the Split Enz as much. Of course I have heard 'message to my girl' before, but only recently I heard it again and was blown away.
Now I cant stop playing it, and Neils voice sends shivers down my spine. Smiler
.......................................... Paper plane + T-shirts + Enmore Theatre = LOVE THIS LIFE!! "Newcastle you're in fine voice tonight"
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MTMG was the song which single-handedly got me from being just a CH fan and into Split Enz as well, fallingforyou.

Its a stunning song, isn't it?



My thoughts exactly. I think it's Neil's first truly great song, but I am partial to ballads and ballad-like tunes. That song alone convinced me that I needed to give the rest of the SE stuff a good listen to. That's how I became a SE fan.



"Honestly I want to raise myself to any plane I can imagine."
There are quite a lot of reasons to like the song. I'd heard about the song long before I ever heard the song itself. When I finally did hear it, it was a radio performance of Neil alone on the piano. It highlights in my opinion what a truly great song is underneath all the dressing.

As a band performance for SE, though, it's also great. I was having a discussion with a Neil fan about some of my favorite songs for Nigel's bass playing, and that was one of them. He souns great, and while the song is a ballad, he's very active underneath it all. It might not come to mind right away as a "bass chops" song, but when I pointed it out, my friend also heard how good the song is not just with Neil but the entire band's contribution.
MTMG is and always will be my favourite Neil Finn song. I love it. It is the ultimate love song.
I remember when the video came out and loving it. It begins with Tim and Noel(?) picking up and moving a giant picture of the city of Melbourne. So everytime I walk past that spot where the picture was taken I think of this song! Smiler
Funny thing as well, I remember arguing with someone back in the early 90's about this song as they were convinced it was a Crowded House song!!
Ahhhh...this song just melts my heart every single time I hear it!

It would have to be one of my earliest memories of Neil and Split Enz and it's certainly in my Top 3 favourite songs of all time.

Hearing this song live over the past two years has been a dream come true. I have found myself in tears on more than one occasion due to both the emotional impact of the song and it's longevity. So much had happened in Neil's world over the previous 20+ years (particularly over the last two years) and yet here he was singing this beautiful, classic song from my childhood once again...

As for a favourite version.......well, I can't go past Extravagenza. There is just something so captivating about the "I don't want to say......I don't want to SAAAAAAAAAAAAY!" Big Grin
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Originally posted by paulport:
Hi Lee,

Actually it was released in the Uk. I bought it at the time Smiler and I have it with me now. On A+M AM203 B side Bon Voyage.

Paul


Paul... are you sure you bought it (in a record shop)? I though it was only ever released in the UK as a 7" vinyl promo - not on general release - I could be wrong.

Can you confirm that it doesn't state 'promotional copy not for resale' on the label - I'm curious. Cheers
I've always been more of a CH/Neil fan, and I admit I've been woefully under-appreciative of the Enz back catalog. However, I listened to MTMG the other day properly for the first time, and oh my God, what a fantastic and beautiful song. I can't get it out of my mind - absolutely perfect song by Neil, Tim and co. Right up there with my all time favourites already.

I looked on You Tube last night for the video, and I loved it - and it's comforting to know that while Neil is a musical genius, it's safe to say we won't be seeing him on 'Dancing With The Stars' anytime soon.. Smiler

MTMG has pushed me over the edge re the Enz - I'm going on Amazon to hunt for some albums now Smiler
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Originally posted by Paddy Boy:
I've always been more of a CH/Neil fan, and I admit I've been woefully under-appreciative of the Enz back catalog. However, I listened to MTMG the other day properly for the first time, and oh my God, what a fantastic and beautiful song. I can't get it out of my mind - absolutely perfect song by Neil, Tim and co. Right up there with my all time favourites already.

I looked on You Tube last night for the video, and I loved it - and it's comforting to know that while Neil is a musical genius, it's safe to say we won't be seeing him on 'Dancing With The Stars' anytime soon.. Smiler

MTMG has pushed me over the edge re the Enz - I'm going on Amazon to hunt for some albums now Smiler


That's exactly how I felt too PB!! lol!
It's just an amazing song that gets stuck in your head and you can listen to over and over. Big Grin
I too looked at the video - and loved it, especially a very young Neil lol!

If you havent heard the 'Extravagenza' version I would recommend it. Wink Still sounds great after 20 odd years!
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Originally posted by Finngirl:
Also the Version from Enzso, that is the 8th wonder of the world (make that the 9th, Neil is the 8th Big Grin)

MTMG was the first and only song I learnt to play on piano, before I got moved to timpani


Lol!
I haven't heard the version from Enzso yet Frowner. So that album is worth having? I wasn't sure about it, not having many Enz albums, I'm not familiar with many of those songs (except MTMG of course! lol!) Wink
All I have of that album is a couple of songs o a mix tape, "Message...", "Stuff and Nonsense" and one other that I can't recall. I think Debbie said one time it was the more worthwhile of the two EnzSo albums though.

I love the arrangements of the songs I have, too. MTMG is a masterpiece--indeed the 8th Wonder of the World!


vch

Have you seen the original video on Youtube? Young, young, young Neil. TOO cute.
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Originally posted by fallingforyou:
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Originally posted by Finngirl:
Also the Version from Enzso, that is the 8th wonder of the world (make that the 9th, Neil is the 8th Big Grin)

MTMG was the first and only song I learnt to play on piano, before I got moved to timpani


Lol!
I haven't heard the version from Enzso yet Frowner. So that album is worth having? I wasn't sure about it, not having many Enz albums, I'm not familiar with many of those songs (except MTMG of course! lol!) Wink



I picked up the first ENZSO album yesterday on Amazon, and I must admit, I'm looking forward to getting my mitts on it Wink
I only have two Split Enz cd's; History Never Repeats - The Best of Split Enz and the live Anniversary cd which apparently was recorded in '93. Is the Extravagenza version the same as the anniversary version?

Other than that, where would you suggest I start if I wanted to expand my Split Enz collection (Enzso already being on the shortlist)?]

Cheers
"Message to my Girl" is one of my all time favourite Split Enz songs! I just love it!

The Enzo version was fabulous too, and worked well at the slower pace. It was really well done. I loved the Enzo album, and I went and saw Enzo (aka Split Enz) live in concert. It was one of the best shows I have ever seen. I was about 4 rows from the front row too. Just brilliant!
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Originally posted by Webby:

Other than that, where would you suggest I start if I wanted to expand my Split Enz collection (Enzso already being on the shortlist)?]

Cheers


First, you take Enzo off your shortlist, as it's mostly ruinations of Enz songs -- with a couple exceptions.

Start with Time & Tide, because of all the fantastic album tracks that don't appear on the singles-focussed compilationis, and Spellbound because it has soooo many songs on it.

Me loves Enz more than CH. Still.
I think taking ENZSO off the shortlist is a bit harsh, but if it's the Enz experience you're after then it's certainly not an Enz album in the true sense. Tis more of an Eddie experimentation that many of us rather like.

I'd definitely go along with recommending Time and Tide. True Colours is another popular choice, and another personal favourite of mine (and a number of others) is Dizrythmia. Are there any particular songs you like from the best of albums? This might also give us a hint as to what era Enz you particularly like.
How very intresting..just like Songwriter and AGM155 i am also a fan because of MTMG from ENZSO. It so happened that one day in 2004 after walking my son to school , i passed Neil on the footpath and his smile made me wonder what his music was really about. I had growen up with my big sister being a SE fan and didn't take much notice of it. I came home and searched out my copy of ENZSO (that i am ashamed to admit i had never played) and i went straight to song 2 MTMG.....And was so compleatly spellbound that i was brought to tears by the music and his voice. The rest is history
Having just unearthed the entire Split Enz catalog (thanks to the husband, known here as "Hunger Inside") after who knows how many years (I think I was ten or so when I was first "exposed"), I was delighted to come upon this thread.

My main exposure to MTMG in recent memory has been through Neil's live solo shows, where of course it is always a show-stopper. Just that gorgeous unadorned piano and his soaring voice. What a melody. So I was a bit startled upon my reunion with the original recording, which is SO over-the-top (and dated) in its production. Shades of 10 CC, me thinks. Still a lovely number, though. Just sort of funny to get re-aquainted with its first incarnation.

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