Split Enz - Mental Notes

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Split Enz - Mental Notes
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Studio album by Split Enz

31 July 1975 (Australia)

7 August 1975 (New Zealand)
Recorded May – June 1975
Studio Festival Records Studio 24, Sydney, Australia
Genre Art Rock
Length 44:17

Mushroom Records (Australia)

White Cloud Records (New Zealand)
Producer David Russell, Split Enz
Split Enz chronology
  Mental Notes
Second Thoughts
Professional ratings
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Allmusic 4.5/5 stars


  "Mental Notes" is the 1975 debut album by New Zealand art rock band Split Enz. The album cover was painted by band member Phil Judd. Original vinyl copies featured Phil saying "Make a mental note" in the runout groove of the record's second side, causing the phrase to be looped ad infinitum until the needle was removed from it.


Track listing
Side one
No. Title    
1. Late last night    
2. Walking down a road    
3. Titus    



Lovey dovey

Sweet deams

Side two
No. Title    
1. Stranger than fiction    
2. Time for a change    
3. Matinee idyll    
4. The woman who loves you    
5. Mental notes    


Split Enz

  • Timothy 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' link
  • Robert Gillies – trumpet on "Maybe", saxophone on "129 (Live)" and "Lovey Dovey (Live)"



  • Engineered by Richard Bitchens
  • Produced by: David Russell and Split Enz
  • Recorded at Festival Studios, Studio 24, May/June 1975
  • Tapes and Equipment: Murray Ward
  • Artwork: Graeme Webber
  • Cover painting by Phil Judd


Special Thanks to

  • Robert Gillies
  • Geoffrey Chunn
  • Peter Madill
  • James Farrell
  • David Russell
  • Miles Golding


History and features

The album was a moderate success on its release in July 1975. It sold 12,000 copies in Australia, reached #35 on the album chart for one week, and peaked at #7 in New Zealand. Much of the material derived from Tim Finn's and Phil Judd's fascination with the work of the renowned English writer and artist Mervyn Peake – notably "Spellbound", the epic track "Stranger Than Fiction" (their concert centrepiece) and "Titus", named after the hero of Peake's Gormenghast trilogy.





Split Enz - Mental Notes

UK Chrysalis CHR 1131 (1976).

Album produced by Phil Manzanera.

The vinyl record attains a strong excellent grading, suggesting few plays.

Audio quality is very clear and strong throughout.

Both record centre labels are clean and unmarked.

Both record centre labels are clean and unmarked.

The albums hinged cover is in excellent condition, displaying only minimal signs of wear.

The album cover has a strong hinge and spine.

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