Second Thoughts

John Prew

Type Record Covers
Title Second Thoughts
Measurements.Dimensions 12" x 12"
Measurements.Format LP
33 1/3 rpm.
Materials.Medium Ink
Materials.Support Cardboard
Techniques Offset Printing
Four colour
Techniques Studio Photography
Source image
Creator.Personal name John Prew
Role Photographer
For front cover
Creator.Corporate name Split Enz
Role Photographer
"Snaps" on back cover
Creator.Corporate name Mushroom Records
Role Record Label
Creator.Corporate name Split Enz
Role Author
Date.Publication 1976
Location.Current Repository NZDA Collection
Location.Current Repository Hocken Library, Dunedin, New Zealand
The Hocken holds a copy of this album.
ID Number.NZDA Number nzgda_rc_i_0231_f, nzgda_rc_i_0231_b
ID Number.Record Label Catalogue Number L35982
ID Number.Hocken Dynix BIB 802856
Style/Period.Style Post-progressive, New Wave.
Culture New Zealand
Subject Men, harlequin, building blocks
Subject Split Enz
In no particular order: Phil Judd, Edward Raynor, Jonathon Michael Chunn, Tim Finn, Noel Crombie, Robert Gillies, Emlyn Crowther.
Relation Kiss
In the US the rock band Kiss were also known for their heavily made-up stage personas. In the UK the 'glam' movement, which by 1976 was about to be pushed out of the limelight by punk and disco, threw up many groups keen on make-up and over-the-top clothes. [CM]
Relation Wizzard
'Wizzard' led by Roy Wood were travelling a similar visual road to Split Enz - there was a vaudeville element running through both groups in the eccentric costumes worn. [CM]
Relation Roxy Music
Probably the most influential UK sound was Roxy Music who managed to appeal to early 1970s progressive rock fans, glam and glitter bunnies, disco/soul boys, proto-punks, and the average pop punter on the street. The producer for "Second Thoughts" was Phil Manzanera, guitarist with Roxy Music. [CM]
Description Image and text. The front cover shows a studio photograph of the band dressed in harlequinesque or jester costumes cued visually by big coloured buttons, wide floppy collars and the use of bright colours in bold geometric designs. They also wear bizarre hair style and heavy stylised make-up. The front image was also used in the gatefold of 'Mental Notes', which is the title of the UK and US release of this second album. The group's visual style at this period was the pinnacle of their outrageous costume. The type is rendered in white upper case letters contained in pink, red, green and blue coloured squares reminiscent of childrens building blocks. A review of the record in the UK music paper New Musical Express described the group operating in "..a curious environment: the baroque and the berserk.." [CM KY]
Source Real Groovy Records, Auckland, New Zealand.
Source Chris Mousdale
Researcher, image analysis and interpretation. 02.2001.
Source Katy Yiakmis
Researcher, image analysis and interpretation. 02.2001
Rights Mushroom Records
Permission to present this work in the NZDA has been given by Polygram.
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