Waiata (album)

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Waiata (Corroboree)
New Zealand release
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 1981
RecordedAAV Studios, Melbourne, 1980
GenreNew wave
LabelMushroom (Australia and New Zealand)
A&M (Rest of world)
ProducerDavid Tickle
Split Enz chronology
True Colours
Waiata (Corroboree)
Time and Tide
Alternative cover
Australian release
Australian release
Alternative cover
International release
International release
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars link
Robert ChristgauC+[1]

Waiata is the sixth studio album by New Zealand new wave band Split Enz, released in 1981. Its Australian release was titled Corroboree. Waiata is the Māori term for song and singing, while corroboree is the Aboriginal term. According to Noel Crombie the intention was to name the album using a word from the natives of every country it was released in. This did not go ahead and the only country to adopt this change was Australia. The rest of the world kept the New Zealand title Waiata.

Although the album hit #1 on the Australian and New Zealand charts it could not match the huge sales of band's previous release, True Colours. A lot of this was due to internal conflicts between the band and their producer/engineer David Tickle, whom they chose not to use again after the album was complete.

Drummer Malcolm Green, in spite of his strong performances, was fired before the album's release due to musical differences between himself and Tim Finn. While the split was not amicable at the time, Malcolm rejoined the group for their 2006 reunion.

"Ships" was originally titled "Up to the Nines"; "Clumsy" started life as "Cheated".

Noel Crombie was annoyed about the album cover change for the American market, as they had an aversion to the colour brown.

The songs "History Never Repeats" and "One Step Ahead" were among the first music videos aired on MTV when the cable television channel launched in the United States in 1981.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Tim Finn, except where noted. Side one:

  1. "Hard Act to Follow" – 3:17
  2. "One Step Ahead" (Neil Finn) – 2:52
  3. "I Don't Wanna Dance" – 3:34
  4. "Iris" (N. Finn) – 2:50
  5. "Wail" (Eddie Rayner) – 2:49
  6. "Clumsy" – 3:29

Side two:

  1. "History Never Repeats" (N. Finn) – 3:00
  2. "Walking Through the Ruins" – 4:15
  3. "Ships" (N. Finn) – 3:01
  4. "Ghost Girl" – 4:26
  5. "Albert of India" (Rayner) – 4:03

2006 remaster[edit]

All songs written by Tim Finn, except where noted.

  1. "Hard Act to Follow" – 3:21
  2. "History Never Repeats" (N. Finn) – 2:59
  3. "I Don't Wanna Dance" – 3:34
  4. "One Step Ahead" (Neil Finn) – 2:51
  5. "Walking Through the Ruins" – 4:07
  6. "Wail" (Eddie Rayner) – 3:09
  7. "Iris" (N. Finn) – 2:51
  8. "Clumsy" – 3:32
  9. "Ghost Girl" – 4:39
  10. "Ships" (N. Finn) – 3:03
  11. "Albert of India" (Rayner) – 4:14
  12. "In the Wars" – 3:33


  • "One Step Ahead" (Reached top 10 in Australia and New Zealand)
  • "History Never Repeats" (Reached top 10 in Australia and New Zealand)
  • "I Don't Wanna Dance" (Reached #65 in Australia but failed to chart in New Zealand)

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1981) Peak
Australia[2] 1
Canada[3] 17
New Zealand[4] 1
United States[5] 45


Split Enz[edit]


  • Produced and engineered by David Tickle.
  • Assistant Engineer Scott (Blackhand) Hemming.
  • Recorded at AAV Studios, Melbourne
  • Mixed at AAV Australia and Farmyard Studios, UK

External links[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia 100,000[6]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Waiata". Robert Christgau.
  2. ^ Kent, David. Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, N.S.W. (1993). ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  3. ^ "RPM Canadian Charts". Retrieved 13 July 2011.
  4. ^ "New Zealand Charts". Retrieved 11 November 2010.
  5. ^ "All Music Guide". Retrieved 11 November 2010.
  6. ^ "Major fight economics with quirky rock originals". Billboard. 12 June 1982. Retrieved 29 December 2018.