The be­gin­ning of the Enz

Sunday Star-Times - - Focus -

As well as be­ing the home of Ticket, Levi’s Saloon on the cor­ner of Cus­toms and Queen streets had a short shelf-life but an en­dur­ing legacy as the birth­place of New Zealand’s best beloved pop band.

Split Enz (who were then Split Ends and com­prised of Tim Finn, Mike Chunn, Phil Judd, vi­o­lin player Miles Gold­ing, and Mike Howard on the flute) had their in­au­gu­ral out­ing there in De­cem­ber 1972 with three newly minted songs that had been cre­ated in a sin­gle day by Tim Finn and Phil Judd. Mike Chunn de­scribes the mo­ment he heard them as ‘‘a bit like Moses giv­ing the ser­mon on the mount. Com­pletely mind blow­ing.’’

The gig had come about after Chunn’s brother Ge­off men­tioned a folk gig his band Rose­wood was play­ing there: ‘‘Even if there had been just one song we would have played. I was so proud of them,’’ says Chunn.

Two things hap­pened after the three-song set. Firstly, a girl from a band who’d played ear­lier came up and asked, ‘‘Only three songs? Can you play them again?’’

Se­condly, pro­moter Barry Coburn asked Chunn if they had a man­ager. ‘‘I re­mem­ber look­ing at Tim and think­ing, ‘What’s a man­ager?’ We were so na¨ıve.’’

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