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Studio album by
Released29 August 1977
RecordedJune – July 1977
GenreProgressive rock
LabelMushroom Records (AUS, NZ), Chrysalis Records (Rest of world)
ProducerGeoff Emerick, Split Enz
Split Enz chronology
Second Thoughts
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]

Dizrythmia (1977) is the third album released by New Zealand new wave band, Split Enz. It was the first Split Enz album without co-founding members Phil Judd and Mike Chunn. Neil Finn and Nigel Griggs, the first being the younger brother of band leader Tim Finn, replaced them respectively. Meanwhile, Nigel's old friend and former bandmate Malcolm Green took the place of Emlyn Crowther who also left around this time. The album was released domestically by Mushroom Records, and overseas by Chrysalis Records.

The single "My Mistake" was a hit in New Zealand and Australia, but failed to make much impact overseas. "Bold as Brass" was the second single. The album is regarded as the start of the band's breakthrough, and marked a shift from art rock to more pop-oriented songs.

The album's title comes from circadian dysrhythmia, more commonly known as jet lag.

The back cover was originally intended as the front cover. Both were designed by Noel Crombie, who also designed the band's costumes.

Tim Finn coughs forty-four seconds into "Nice To Know", a feature erroneously left in the final mix.

Both Tim Finn and Eddie Rayner were disappointed with the final mix of "Charlie" feeling that the vocals sounded very flat. Geoff Emerick, the engineer for the album thought it was a beautiful vocal however, so it stayed.

Track listing[edit]

  • Songs written by Tim Finn, except where noted.
Side 1
1."Bold as Brass"Tim Finn, Robert Gillies3:31
2."My Mistake"Tim Finn, Eddie Rayner3:02
3."Parrot Fashion Love"Tim Finn, Eddie Rayner3:53
4."Sugar and Spice"Phil Judd3:52
5."Without a Doubt"Tim Finn6:00
Side 2
1."Crosswords"Tim Finn3:25
2."Charlie *"Tim Finn5:31
3."Nice to Know"Tim Finn, Phil Judd, Eddie Rayner4:24
4."Jamboree"Tim Finn, Phil Judd, Eddie Rayner, Noel Crombie, Malcolm Green, Robert Gillies, Mike Chunn6:43
Bonus Track for 2006 Re-release
10."Another Great Divide"Phil Judd, Tim Finn, Eddie Rayner3:37

* Spelt "Charley" on some releases.

Chart Positions[edit]

Chart (1977) Peak
Australia[2] #18
New Zealand[3] #3


Split Enz[edit]

Technical/Other Notes[edit]

  • Produced by Geoff Emerick and Split Enz
  • Engineered by Geoff Emerick
  • Assistant Engineer: Colin Fairley
  • Additional Engineering by Peter Henderson, assisted by Nigel Walker
  • Recorded at Air Studios, London, W.1. June/July 1977
  • Sleeve Design: Noel Crombie, Peter Wagg
  • Photos by Han Chew Tham
  • Lest we forget Phil and Jonathan
  • A special thank you to Geoff and Colin for their unfailing good humour and inspiration

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Kent, David. Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, N.S.W. (1993). ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  3. ^ "New Zealand Charts". Retrieved 11 November 2010.