Schnell Fenster

Phil Judd and Noel Crombie’s (along with Nigel Griggs and Michael Den Elzen) post Split Enz outfit.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • The Sound Of Trees [1988 EMI Emc790929]

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Suburban Reptiles

Attention grabbing flash-in-the-pan first-wave Auckland punkers, based around James Salter (Aka Jimmy Joy – Saxophone), Claire Elliot (Zero – Vocals), William Prendergast (Billy Planet – Bass), Trish Scott (Sissy Spunk – Guitar), Brian Nichols (Shaun Anfrayd – Guitar) and original drummer Des Edwards (who turned up later in another short-lived punk band – Junk) soon to be replaced by Mark Houghs (aka Buster Stiggs) who had been playing in Neil Finns’ early outfit After Hours – before he left to join his brother in Split Enz.

Jimmy Joy (Brett Salter) and myself were going to form a jazz band, but, in late 1976, after having been shown a live review of the Sex Pistols in NME by film director David Blyth, decided that this punk thing had more going for it.
– Simon Grigg: taken from Griggs’ propeller archive website.

Under Simon Griggs management, the Reptiles dressed in stark and desheveled clothing, often in Nazi regalia, and attempted to draw attention to themselves making their live debut (borrowing Split Enz’s gear, no less).

Though far removed from the political uprising of their inspiration motherland of England, punk did make a major impact in New Zealand homes in 1977, and few bands were as attention-grabbing as the Reptiles. Billy Planet later switched instruments, replacing both original guitarists with Bones Hillman (who had made his name in the Avondale Spiders) bringing along his bass, and of course his unmistakeable punk-Hitler moustache with him.

They recorded 4 tracks at a 1977 session under Tim Finn (who according to Grigg fell asleep 10 minutes into the sessions) for phonogram, though only ‘Megaton’ and ‘Desert Patrol’ would turn up on their single with the other tracks (‘Razor Smile’ – which featured on the Angel Mine soundtrack, and the excellent ‘Coup D’Etat’) eventually compiled together onto the ‘AK79’ compilation in 1993.

Zero eventually went on to play Columbia in the stage version of the Rocky Horror Picture Show – joining the british king of glam, Gary Glitter. Reforming with Zero on vocals, Stiggs and Baldock on guitar with the Split Enz connection increasing to include Phil Judd on bass and Paul Crowther on drums they now took on a new wave approach – ousting Jimmy Joy. Pretty soon the band had disbanded, with Zero leaving for Sydney with boyfriend Joy.

Discography (picks in bold)

    ‘Saturday Night Stay At Home’ / ‘Desert Patrol’ 7″ Single [1977 Reissue Ripper]
    Suburban Reptiles 7″ Ep [2004 Reissue Raw Power]

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Crowded House

neil finn’s uber-successful post-split enz band, featuring brother tim and autralian paul hester.
discography
picks in bold

  • crowded house [1986 capitol ST240555]
  • temple of low men [1988 capitol ST748763]
  • woodface [1991 capitol 793559-1]
  • together alone [1993 capitol 27048-2]
  • pineapple head ep [1995 capitol 881647-2]

Neil Finn

neil finn was originally drafted in to split enz as phil judd’s replacement during their original spell in england. in the time the boys had been away launching themselves in australia and finding their feet in england, neil had developed a reputation as a good guitarist and an excellent song-writer – effectively filling the whole left by judd (who up until that point was actually considered the bands greatest asset). neil finn gained fame and popularity touring with split enz – eventually becoming their primary song-writer – but this exposure was doubled by the m.o.r. success of his own group, crowded house.
crowded house released album after album of finn compositions, forming a huge fan base the world over. after the success of neil and tim’s album as the finn brothers in 1995, the younger neil launched an acclaimed solo career, immediately picking up where crowded house had ended.
discography
picks in bold

  • try whistling this [1998 emi]
  • one nil [2001 emi]
  • 7 worlds collide: live at st. james [2001 live recording emi]

awards et
rianz awards 1987

  • international achievement neil finnrn

rianz awards 1988

  • international achievement neil finnrn

rianz awards 1991

  • songwriter of the year neil finnrn

rianz awards 1998

  • top male vocalist of the year neil finnrn

Phil Judd

member of split enz, the swingers, and just about every other high profile band of the 70s and early 80s (including a short stint in toy love!), phil judd finally released a solo album under his name after the demise of the swingers in 1983, and followed it with a soundtrack to the australian movie death in brunswick in the early 90s.
discography
picks in bold

  • private lives [1983 mushroom RML53121]
  • death in brunswick [soundtrack 1991 mana]