Daveosaurus (southerndave) wrote,

New Zealand Music Month - Day 12

I've written about the band's (in)famous 'lost' 1978 album several times before, so I won't go into too much detail this time. Basically, in the space of a few days the band recorded a couple of albums' worth of demos, most of which were superior to the material that (after a long gestation) eventually appeared on their next actual official album. This one is Message Boy, a song which had only been released as a single B-side or a live performance prior to the eventual Luton Tapes CD set.

The thing that interests me in this song is its structure. It's an early example of what the band would do a few times later, and with greater success: instead of the normal verse-chorus-verse-chorus-etc. structure, this song leads off with the chorus right from the start, almost in a musical equivalent to in medias res.

Tags: music: split enz, new zealand music month
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