Re: What am I listening to? (Part II)
I lived in Sydney in 81-82, and the first real Australian song I heard on the radio was Split Enz 'One Step Ahead'. My immediate thought was, 'man, they've got something special going on here.'
I never really understood why Split Enz didn't catch on in the US. Neil and Tim said in an interview while I was over there that everyone they met in the states told them how much they loved them, then when they looked at record sales, they figured that the Enz must be the biggest victim of illegal recording in the history of the industry!
I was happy when Crowded House took off, even if they're popularity wasn't sustainable. At least after that I didn't get weird looks when I talked about them.
fwiw, my favorite Split Enz song was Tim Finn's 'Dirty Creature'. As someone who has fought depression all my life, I thought he caught the cycle of darkness beautifully.
another side note--that song was released while I was in Sydney, but the video shows edited out Tim's decapitation, which seems silly when you go back and watch the video now.