Mental Notes Dissected with Eddie Rayner

Weekend Variety Wireless 21/02/2018
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On the 40th anniversary of the release of one of New Zealand’s finest and innovative albums, Graeme sits down with Split Enz keyboardist Eddie Rayner’s at his home studio to re-spin 'Mental Notes'.

They talk about how their debut LP was made and the people who made it. Eddie speaks frankly about the times and the tunes as they are played and adds a whole bunch of never before regaled events surrounding the band and the amazing story behind Phil Judd’s surreal album artwork.

It was the debut album for the band. The album art was produced by band member Phil Judd. 

A combination of Phil Judds kind of errant wayward chord structures and melodies... and Tim's voice was something I just wanted to be a part of. 

The band was comprised of the following artists:

  • Tim Finn – vocals, piano
  • Philip Judd – vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin
  • Jonathan Michael Chunn – bass, piano on 'Titus'
  • Noel Crombie – percussion
  • Emlyn Crowther – drums
  • Eddie Rayner – organs, synthesizers, piano, clavinet, mellotron, electric piano
  • Wally Wilkinson – lead guitar
  • David Russell – bass on 'Maybe'
  • Robert Gillies – trumpet on "Maybe", saxophone on "129 (Live)" and "Lovey Dovey (Live)"
Photo: AudioCulture.

I'd never heard anything like these chord structures

Mr. Reyner also gives an inside look at the recording process, how the band came to be, and explores the tracks that made the band who they are today. 

This story was originally published in February 2015.

Listen to the full audio with Eddie above.

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