On the 40th anniversary of its release Graeme sits down with Split Enz bassist Mike Chunn and keyboardist Eddie Rayner at his home studio to re-spin 'Second Thoughts', a turning point in the band’s history.
It would prove to be the swan-song for several members including Chunn, their original drummer Paul Crowther and their primary creative force, Phil Judd.
The trio dissect the songs, their production, the tensions and even punch-ups that lead to members being either thrown out or quitting.
The album was produced by Phil Manzanera, and was recorded at Basing Street Studios in London.
It was a hybrid of some new stuff, and Mental Notes aswell
The band was comprised of the following artist’s at the time of ‘Second Thoughts” release;
Tim Finn - vocals, piano on “Stranger Than Fiction”
Phil Judd - vocals, guitars, mandolin
Michael Chunn - bass, piano on “Titus”
Noel Crombie - percussion
Emlyn Crowther - drums
Robert Gillies - saxophone, trumpet
Eddie Rayner - keyboards
- Miles Golding - violin on “Stranger Than Fiction” and “Matinee Idyll”
- Ian Sharp - cello on “Matinee Idyll”
This story was originally published in February 2016.
Listen to the full audio with Eddie and Mike above.