Phil Judd

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Phil Judd
Birth name Philip Raymond Judd
Born (1953-03-20) 20 March 1953 (age 61)
Origin Hastings, New Zealand
Genres Rock, pop, vaudeville & alternative
Occupation(s) Musician, producer, artist & songwriter
Instruments Guitar, mandolin, ukulele, vocals
Years active 1972–present
Associated acts Split Enz
Schnell Fenster
The Swingers
Website www.philjudd.com

Philip Judd (born 20 March 1953) is a New Zealand singer-songwriter known for being one of the founders of the bands Split Enz and The Swingers.

Split Enz[edit]

In 1972, Judd and Tim Finn founded the arty folk band Split Enz. In its early days the band was known for its eccentric behaviour, wacky clothes, makeup and crazy hairstyles. In the early days the band members all adopted their middle names, with the exception of Phil Judd, the only member from that era to use his first name.

While the other members of the Enz had hairstyles that were out of the ordinary, Judd chose to shave his head after the release of the first album Mental Notes. After the second album Second Thoughts was released, tensions rose between Judd and Tim Finn. Judd left the band in 1977 shortly after the release of the single Another Great Divide, to be replaced by Finn's younger brother Neil Finn.

After leaving the Enz, Judd wrote songs and recorded demos until later that year he was approached by Tim Finn to rejoin the band. The Enz toured in 1978 with two lead guitarists in Judd and Neil Finn, who got along rather well. During this time the band played some new songs by Judd that won favour with the audience, including a self-confessed favourite of keyboardist Eddie Rayner, "Play It Strange".

Later that year, Judd once again left the group. It was after this time that Split Enz went on to their greatest international success.

After Split Enz[edit]

After leaving Split Enz, Judd became involved with Auckland punk band, The Suburban Reptiles. He produced their second single, "Saturday Night Stay at Home", and performed live with them. He was also briefly a member of Chris Knox's band The Enemy. Out of the remnants of The Suburban Reptiles he formed The Swingers with future Midnight Oil band member Bones Hillman and Buster Stiggs. The band went through a couple of lineup changes, but managed to release a #1 Hit song in New Zealand, "Counting The Beat". The song was used in the 1990s on commercials for DEKA chain of general merchandise stores, and was also used for the New Zealand TV3 Slogan "There aint no place I'd rather be" in 2011. The Swingers also wrote lyrics and composed music for Gillian Armstrong's 1982 New Wave musical Starstruck.

After The Swingers broke up in 1982, Judd recorded the Private Lives solo album, released by Mushroom Records in 1983.[1] It would be 24 years before he released his next solo album. In the US, selections from Private Lives were released as a five-track EP called The Swinger.

In 1986 Tim Finn contacted Judd to write some songs for his new album Big Canoe. It would have been the first time they were to write together since Split Enz. According to Finn, instead of writing, the two spent most of the time drinking and catching up on old times and wrote no material.[citation needed] Instead, Judd played guitar on the album.

Schnell Fenster[edit]

In the late 1980s, Judd went on to be part of Schnell Fenster and was involved in recording movie soundtracks, most notably The Big Steal, winning the AFI award for his first score Death in Brunswick. Schnell Fenster was composed of former Split Enz members Nigel Griggs, Noel Crombie and Eddie Rayner, along with guitarist Michael den Elzen. Rayner left early on in the piece.

The debut album The Sound of Trees was a moderate success, but due to Noel Crombie developing tinnitis, the band was unable to tour extensively to support the album. The second album, OK Alright A Huh Oh Yeah, did not receive the media attention it deserved and was cast aside.[citation needed][clarification needed] The band soon broke up.

Judd has worked in movies, including Rikky and Pete, Amy, and Mr Reliable, and on television programs such as Good Guys Bad Guys, Stingers and Sky Trackers.

Split Enz reunite without Judd[edit]

Judd has been reported as feeling bitter about not being invited to join Split Enz on their 2006 reunion tour.[2] In an interview on community radio program Living In The Land Of Oz, Judd said that Neil Finn wanted him to "get up and do two or three songs or at least be involved somehow" but this did not happen at either of the Melbourne concerts. On stage with the Enz in 2006, Tim Finn claimed that his relationship with Judd is "complicated".[citation needed]

Around the time of the Enz tour, Judd and Tim Finn had decided to get together with former Enz violinist Miles Golding for a few recording sessions dubbed 3 Of A Kind. With the success of the Finn Brothers' latest album and the resurgence of interest in Split Enz, Tim Finn was offered a chance to release another solo album through EMI and took it. This left no time for any side projects and the project has not come to fruition.

Mr Phudd[edit]

Judd sells copies of Mr Phudd and His Novelty Act through his website. Some fans have likened it to his work from his days with Split Enz.[citation needed] Judd is also a visual artist and his surrealistic portrayal of Split Enz for the band's 1975 Mental Notes album won a music industry award for best cover design.[3] He has continued to paint over the years and has work in the National Gallery of Victoria.[citation needed]

In 2006, Phil worked with Australian band Pinky Tuscadero, producing their EP Look Your Best.[4]

His album Love is a Moron[5] was released in December 2008.

Personal life[edit]

In 1992 Judd was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.[2]

Judd was convicted in March 2009 of stalking three sisters in his Melbourne neighbourhood.[2][6] He received a 12-month suspended sentence and a $2,500 fine.[6] Judd was initially reported as saying he had "a crush" on one of the girls,[6] although he later clarified that he "didn't have any perverted thing for her".[2] The family made statements to the police that Judd had spied on the sisters as they travelled to and from school, including taking photographs of them.[6] Documents submitted in court revealed that in 2008, Judd had added one of the sisters as a friend on a fabricated Facebook account posing as a 17-year-old boy from a local school.[6] After being warned by police to cease all contact with the sister, he again contacted her shortly thereafter and was subsequently served with an intervention order.[6]

On 1 January 2010, Judd was jailed for two weeks for violating a restraining order brought against him by his ex-wife during a dispute over custody of their 10-year-old son.[2]

Unreleased songs[edit]

Split Enz[edit]

  • Bergen Aan Zee
  • Play It Strange – Released in 2014 on Judd's album also titled "Play It Strange".

Solo work[edit]

  • Incognito In California – Released in 2001 by Tim Finn on his album Feeding the Gods

Discography[edit]

Split Enz[edit]

Swingers[edit]

  • Practical Jokers (1981) – Singles: "Counting the Beat", "It Ain't What You Dance It's The Way You Dance It"
  • Counting the Beat (1997) – Re-release of Practical Jokers with extra tracks

Solo work[edit]

  • Private Lives (1983) – Singles: "Dictionary of Love"
  • The Swinger (1983) – the US release of Private Lives
  • Mr Phudd and His Novelty Act (2006)
  • Love Is A Moron (2008)
  • Play It Strange (2014)

Unth!nkables![edit]

  • Untitled (2008) – a collaboration with Roger Grierson of the Thought Criminals

Schnell Fenster[edit]

Films[edit]

TV[edit]

Music for several Melbourne Theatre Company plays 1989–1993 including Miss Bosnia, Cosi and Summer of the Aliens, directed by Nadia Tass.

Lyricist for The Lion The Witch & The wardrobe songs, A touring musical production 2001–2003.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Phil Judd at AllMusic. Retrieved 19 March 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d e Tim Hume (20 February 2010). "Phil Judd: Fallen idol". Sunday Star Times. Retrieved 13 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "Cover design award to group member". New Zealand Herald. 4 March 1976. 
  4. ^ Trajstman, Adrian (2006). "Pinky Tuscadero – "Look Your Best" in Releases". Mess + Noise. Retrieved 1 October 2010. 
  5. ^ "Love is a Moron". Phil Judd. Retrieved 19 March 2011. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f Hale, Eleni (1 November 2009). "I stalked the girls: Phil Judd". Herald Sun. News Limited. Retrieved 16 June 2010. 
  • Chunn, Mike, Stranger Than Fiction: The Life and Times of Split Enz, GP Publications, 1992. ISBN 1-86956-050-7
  • Chunn, Mike, Stranger Than Fiction: The Life and Times of Split Enz, (revised,ebook edition), Hurricane Press, 2013. ISBN 978-0-9922556-3-3
  • Dix, John, Stranded in Paradise: New Zealand Rock and Roll, 1955 to the Modern Era, Penguin Books, 2005, ISBN 0-14-301953-8

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