Second Thoughts (album)

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Second Thoughts
Second thoughts.jpg
Studio album by Split Enz
Released August 1976 (AUS, NZ), September 1976 (UK), January 1977 (US)
Recorded April – May 1976, Basing Street Studios, London, England
Genre Progressive rock, art rock
Length 41:48
Label Mushroom Records (AUS/NZ), Chrysalis Records (Rest of world)
Producer Phil Manzanera
Split Enz chronology
Mental Notes
(1975)Mental Notes1975
Second Thoughts
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Second Thoughts is a 1976 album by New Zealand art rock band Split Enz. It was recorded in London with Roxy Music's guitarist Phil Manzanera producing the album. Four of the songs on the album were reworked versions of songs from their 1975 debut album Mental Notes. Two other songs on the album had been first recorded during the Mental Notes sessions, but left off and re-recorded for Second Thoughts. There were two new songs, both written by Phil Judd, and a re-recording of an early Judd/Finn composition ("129"), which for the Second Thoughts version, was renamed "Matinee Idyll".

The album was called Mental Notes when released outside Australasia and also featured a reworked version of the Mental Notes cover (for comparison see original and remake). Wally Wilkinson's image was replaced with that of Robert Gillies, and some band members are shown with newer haircuts: Phil Judd was now bald, and Tim Finn had his sides shaved.

Tim Finn, Robert Gillies and Eddie Rayner have said that the band felt the songs needed to be redone. But both Phil Judd and Noel Crombie have been quoted as saying that the re-recording of the Mental Notes tracks was a waste of time. On his MySpace forum, Phil has been quoted as saying that Tim Finn was obsessed with making the songs sound better, while he had new songs that he wanted to record.

Along with XTC's Go 2, Godley & Creme's L, and Bill Nelson's Red Noise's Sound-on-Sound, Second Thoughts is popularly known as one of the best examples of zolo music.[2]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Late Last Night" Phil Judd 4:03
2. "Walking Down a Road" (*) Tim Finn, Phil Judd 5:22
3. "Titus" (*) Phil Judd 3:15
4. "Lovey Dovey" (†) Tim Finn, Phil Judd 3:06
5. "Sweet Dreams" Phil Judd 5:04
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Stranger Than Fiction" (*) Tim Finn, Phil Judd 7:07
2. "Time for a Change" (*) Phil Judd 4:05
3. "Matinee Idyll" Tim Finn, Phil Judd 2:56
4. "The Woman Who Loves You" (†) Tim Finn, Phil Judd 6:50

* These songs are new arrangements of ones that first appeared on Mental Notes.

† These songs were recorded during the Mental Notes sessions but were not included in it, and were re-recorded for Second Thoughts.

Chart Positions[edit]

Chart (1976) Peak
Australia[3] #25
New Zealand[4] #18



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

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