Song of the Week – I Got You, Split Enz


One of my favorite bands of the 80s and 90s was Australia’s Crowded House, the band founded in 1984 by Neil Finn. If you’ve never heard Woodface (1991) in its entirety, check it out. It is a flawless record.

So naturally, I’ve also been interested in the earlier music Finn made with his brother Tim in New Zealand’s Split Enz. That band started in the late 70s and managed to release about nine albums before calling it quits. The most successful was True Colors (1980) that contained their biggest hit – today’s SotW – “I Got You.”

Initially the band thought “Shark Attack” was the album’s most likely hit, so they made it the lead track, followed by “I Got You.” But when “I Got You” took off, they repressed the record with the order of the two songs reversed.

The production of the song is very much of its time (early 80s) but it has a memorable, singable chorus that is timeless.

I don’t know why sometimes I get frightened
You can see my eyes, you can tell that I’m not lyin’
I don’t know why sometimes I get frightened
You can see my eyes, you can tell me you’re not cryin’

They album made other breakthroughs as well. It may have been the first vinyl pressing to be laser etched. Very cool and collectible.


The cover was also released with a single graphic design but in nine different color combinations — yellow and blue, red and green, purple and yellow, blue and orange, yellow and red, lime green and pink, hot purple and burnt orange, and gold and platinum.


Enjoy… until next week.

2 thoughts on “Song of the Week – I Got You, Split Enz

  1. Like AC/DC, Split Enz is a band whose early albums are a confusing hodgepodge of Aussie, English and American releases.

    Long ago in a galaxy far away, I took a chance on what I believe was their first English release solely on the oddity of the pink gatefold cover. A combination of their Aussie debut “Mental Notes” and second album “Second Thoughts” this was also called “Mental Notes.” It’s one of favorite LPs of all-time.

    Never found anything quite like it before or since.

    Here’s a video. The fellow doing the singing is Phil Judd. When he left the band (I think after the third album) and was replaced by the other Finn brother, they took a decided turn for the mainstream. By Crowded House I was long gone.

    This is obviously a lip synch, but the visual and aural experimentation is super. It’s said that a pre-Sex-Pistol John Lydon attended one or more shows during their first British tour.

  2. catching up, and i too am a huge fan. i got True Colors, and thought it was ok, but for some reason bought Waita (which had their hit “Iris”) and that proved to me sort of like “Second Thoughts” to Steve. just a great mosh up of brit pop and american rock with an aussie take.

    i always thought if the beatles reformed, at least before George departed, that Neil Finn would make a great John, maybe better than Jeff Lynne.

    Woodface is a great album, as it the debut Crowded House album.

    great pick: great band.

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