Split Enz: “Another Great Divide” (1977)

A strange choice for a single, but then again nobody does strange better than Split Enz.

Kronomyth 2.5: Stranger than a fraction too much friction.

Split Enz slipped in this tart little treat to start the year, and their strangeness is stamped all over it. Another Great Divide, credited to Phil Judd, Tim Finn and Eddie Rayner, has a suitably split personality that features different pieces fused together. Somehow, it all works, suggesting a neat cross between 10cc and a psychedelic power pop band. Originally available only as a single, the song has since appeared on several compilations including Enz of an Era.

When it came time for the band’s next album, Dizrhythmia, Stranger Than Fiction made the cut. It’s about the only cutting that was done on this track, which otherwise indulges in seven minutes of strangeness and strands of melody. Judd and Finn were an effective songwriting team in spite of themselves, and this song displays just how mismatched they could be. There’s probably a decent three-minute song in here somewhere, probably where Tim Finn picks up singing “Just like a picture book…”

Original 7-inch single version

A1. Another Great Divide (Phil Judd/Tim Finn/Eddie Rayner) (3:10)
B1. Stranger Than Fiction (Phil Judd/Tim Finn) (7:06)

The Players

Produced by Phil Manzanera.

The Plastic

Released on 7-inch single on January 28, 1977 in Australia and New Zealand (Mushroom, K-6658), the UK (Chrysalis, CHS-2131) and the Netherlands (Chrysalis, 6155 078) with regional picture sleeve.

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