History Never Repeats

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"History Never Repeats"
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Single by Split Enz
from the album Waiata
  • "Holy Smoke"
Format7" vinyl
RecordedAAV Studios, Melbourne, 1980
GenreNew wave
LabelMushroom Records
Songwriter(s)Neil Finn
Producer(s)David Tickle
Split Enz singles chronology
"One Step Ahead"
"History Never Repeats"
"I Don't Wanna Dance"

"History Never Repeats" was a single written by Neil Finn and recorded by Split Enz for their 1981 Waiata album. The song remains one of their most popular.[1] The video was the 12th to be played by MTV upon its launch in 1981.[2] In 2001 the song was voted by members of APRA as the 57th best New Zealand song of the 20th century.

The guitar bridge in this song, played by Neil Finn, was originally featured in an old Phil Judd song, "Bergen Aan Zee". The band only played the latter song live.

Track listings[edit]

Australasian release[edit]

  1. "History Never Repeats" - 3:00
  2. "Holy Smoke"

International release[edit]

Released in the UK, the Netherlands, Spain, and Portugal with different artwork and track listings.

UK/Portugal Track Listing
  1. "History Never Repeats" - 3:00
  2. "Shark Attack (Live)"
  3. "What's The Matter With You (Live)"
Netherlands/Spain Track Listing
  1. "History Never Repeats" - 3:00
  2. "What's The Matter With You (Live)"


Chart (1981) Peak
Australian Singles Chart[3] #4
New Zealand Singles Chart[4] #5
UK Singles Chart[5] #63
US Mainstream Rock[6] #33



  1. ^ "History Never Repeats / Holy Smoke by Split Enz (Single, Pop Rock): Reviews, Ratings, Credits, Song list". Rate Your Music. Retrieved 2016-10-19.
  2. ^ NZ On Screen. "History Never Repeats: Split Enz, Music Video – 1981". NZ On Screen. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  3. ^ Kent, David. Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, N.S.W. (1993). ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  4. ^ "New Zealand Charts". Retrieved 2010-11-11.
  5. ^ "The Official Charts Company". Retrieved 2010-11-11.
  6. ^ "Split Enz - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 3 July 2017.

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