Other Enz: Split Enz and Beyond

Other Enz: Split Enz and BeyondThis two-disc set of rarities, B-sides, unreleased cuts, soundtrack one-offs and live performances span the whole gamut of the membership of Split Enz over 18 years. From the earliest solo/side projects of former Enzers to recent works, Other Enz is, contrary to what one Amazon.com reviewer says, a very nice find for any Enz fanz or, for that matter, fans of Crowded House or either of the Finn Brothers. Billing it as nothing more than a Split Enz-centric collection almost limits this collection’s appeal too much. Highlights include some early Tim Finn solo tunes, two very hard-to-find Crowded House tunes (a cover of The Zombies’ “She’s Not There” from the soundtrack for The Crossing and a live performance of their well-loved cover of Hunters & Collectors’ “Throw Your Arms Around Me”), and vastly more obscure items such as solo singles by Noel Crombie, ex-bassist Malcolm Green, and founding guitarist Phil Judd. Offshoot bands such as Citizens’ Band, The Makers, and Schnell Fenster are also represented.

A couple of the tracks (The Swingers’ “A Certain Sound” and Tim Finn’s rough demo of “They Won’t Let My Girlfriend Talk To Me”) are sourced from recordings that have quite obviously seen better days…but does that really matter when there’s really no other way we’d ever hear them? Overall, Other Enz is very good listening, and sequenced in a logical progression through the years and various band members’ careers. 3 out of 4One also gets a hint, from skimming through the musician credits for each track, how often the former Enzers reunite to collaborate on their latest projects.

Other Enz isn’t just for Split Enz fans. Give it a listen. Be prepared for the bizarre, the amusing, and the stuff that’s not quite ready for prime time. But also be prepared to find something you like.

Order this CD

    Disc one

  1. Split Enz: Shark Attack (2:54)
  2. Split Enz: What’s The Matter With You (4:33)
  3. The Mal Green Sound: Follow Me (2:40)
  4. Noel Crombie: My Voice Keeps Changing On Me (2:49)
  5. Phil Manzanera with Tim Finn: Slow Motion TV (3:13)
  6. Citizen’s Band: The Ladder Song (5:09)
  7. A Ripper Bunch Of Blokes: The Instrumental (6:40)
  8. The Swingers: Certain Sound (3:30)
  9. The Swingers: All Over Town (3:46)
  10. The Swingers: Counting The Beat (3:00)
  11. Phil Judd: Rendezvous (3:47)
  12. Phil Judd: Dictionary Of Love (3:12)
  13. Phil Judd: Forgiveness (2:05)
  14. Tim Finn: They Won’t Let My Girlfriend Talk To ME (2:45)
  15. Tim Finn: Home For My Heart (3:56)
  16. Tim Finn & Philip Judd: Long Hard Road (4:09)
  17. Tim Finn & Philip Judd: Precious Time (3:48)
  18. Tim Finn & Philip Judd: Tai Chi (1:23)
  19. Noel’s Cowards: Fingers Crossed (2:42)
  20. Noel’s Cowards: Just Like You (2:32)
  21. Noel’s Cowards: Cold Shoulder (2:34)
  22. Tim Finn with The Herbs: Parihaka (4:08)
    Disc two

  1. Schnell Fenster: Whisper (3:42)
  2. Schnell Fenster: OK Alright A Huh Oh Yeah (3:56)
  3. The Makers: New Kind Of Blue (4:07)
  4. The Makers: Horizon (3:33)
  5. Tim Finn: Desert Chord / With You I’m Alive (4:54)
  6. Tim Finn: Charlie (4:29)
  7. Tim Finn: Six Months In A Leaky Boat (2:53)
  8. Tim Finn with Richard Thompson: Persuasion (4:40)
  9. Crowded House with Roger McGuinn: Mr. Tambourine Man (2:17)
  10. Crowded House with Roger McGuinn: Eight Miles High (4:57)
  11. Crowded House: She’s Not There (2:38)
  12. Crowded House: Throw Your Arms Around Me (3:52)
  13. Crowded House: One Step Ahead (3:50)
  14. Crowded House: History Never Repeats (3:32)
  15. Finn Brothers: Weather With You demo (3:07)
  16. Finn Brothers: Mary Of The South Seas (5:07)
  17. Yothu Yindi with Neil Finn: Dots On The Shells (3:17)
  18. Eddie Rayner: Sacrè Bleu (6:14)
  19. Largest Living Things: My Time Is Now (5:27)

Released by: Raven
Release date: 1999
Disc one total running time: 76:34
Disc two total running time: 77:07