Song of the Day, May 12: I Got You by Split Enz

Split-Enz-I-Got-YouToday’s song is I Got You by Split Enz. The Australian band featured two New Zealand natives as its vocalists, brothers Tim and Neil Finn. Neil joined his older sibling for the Enz’ third album as the membership went through a series of changes. By the time the band recorded their landmark fifth disc, True Colours, their arty trappings had been absorbed into an intricate pop sensibility. Neil came into his own on the album as well, contributing strong tracks that fit perfectly beside Tim’s compositions.

A standout all the way around is Neil’s charming I Got You. It’s an edgy love song, celebrating romance while recognizing that keeping it alive takes real work from both parties. The younger Finn turns in a great vocal, giving the song just the right balance of hope and anxiety; the band settle into a tight new wave groove, taking everything they’ve developed over the years and distilling it into something new and compelling.

I Got You was a smash, topping the Australian and New Zealand charts and giving the band it’s only US Hot 100 hit. It also set the tone for the Enz’ most successful period and hinted at the bittersweet pop territory Neil would explore later with Crowded House.

Enjoy this magnificent pop moment today.


About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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