Malcolm Green (musician)

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Malcolm Green (born 25 January 1953)[1] is an English-born drummer best known as a member of New Zealand band Split Enz from 1976 to 1981.

Green replaced Emlyn Crowther as Split Enz's drummer in London in 1976, winning an audition over ex-Sparks drummer Dinky Diamond. Green had formerly played with Love Affair, The Honeycombs (both of them long after their run of 1960s hits), and Octopus. He was joined in Split Enz by Octopus bassist Nigel Griggs, who replaced Mike Chunn.

Green was sacked from Split Enz in 1981 after disagreements with frontman Tim Finn over the rejection of Green's songwriting contributions, and released a non-charting solo single, "Follow Me." He subsequently settled in Sydney, where he produced music at his own home studio.[2] He also drummed for and acted as a mentor to Sydney band Gethsemane.

In 2005, Green accepted an invitation to play with Split Enz at its induction into the ARIA Hall of Fame in Australia. In 2006 he rejoined Split Enz for its Australian reunion tour, sharing drumming duties with Noel Crombie. Green did not, however, take part in Split Enz's reunion tour of New Zealand in 2008, during which drumming duties were handled by Michael Barker.

In 2014, it was reported that Green was returning to Britain to be closer to his elderly father.[3]

External links[edit]


  • 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


  1. ^ Split Enz biography at
  2. ^ "Former Split Enz drummer, Mal Green, to sell his Castle Cove home". 5 March 2014. Archived from the original on 20 October 2017.
  3. ^ Lawes, Antony (24 February 2014). "Split Enz drummer Mal Green packs for Britain". Domain. Archived from the original on 24 August 2015.