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Released: February 19, 1979

Rating: 3.524 (average of 7 ratings)

Genre: rock > new wave

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Album Tracks:

  1. I See Red (T. Finn) [3:15]
  2. Give It a Whirl (T. Finn/N. Finn) [2:52]
  3. Master Plan (T. Finn) [3:00]
  4. Famous People (Finn) [2:52]
  5. Hermit McDermitt (Finn)
  6. Stuff and Nonsense (T. Finn) [4:30]
  7. Marooned (Rayner) [2:15]
  8. Frenzy (T. Finn/Rayner) [2:15]
  9. The Roughtest Toughest Game in the World (Finn) [3:43]
  10. She Got Body, She Got Soul (T. Finn) [2:55]
  11. Betty (T. Finn) [4:42]
  12. Abu Dhabl (Finn/Rayner) [4:31]
  13. Mind Over Matter (T. Finn/N. Finn) [2:52]

Total Running Time: 45:24


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sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
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Singles/Hit Songs:

  • I See Red (11/6/78) --
  • Give It a Whirl (5/14/79) --

Notes: The U.S. release of Frenzy was markedly different than the original. Songs “Holy Smoke,” “Semi-Detached,” “Carried Away,” and “Livin’ It Up,” all from the legendary "Rootin' Tootin' Luton Tapes" recorded in 1978, were added to the album and “Famous People,” “The Roughest, Toughest Game in the World,” and “Abu Dhabl” were dropped.

Split Enz
“Split Enz was at a stylistic crossroads when this was recorded, with one foot firmly planted in the defiant art rock of their idols and the other resting on the frontier of new wave. It’s not the smooth affair that subsequent albums (True Colours, Time and Tide) could boast of being” (

Even though this may be “often thought of as a transitional album, Frenzy shows the band in top form” ( “A lot of the music here is catchy and intelligent, reflecting their influences (Genesis, Roxy Music) without sounding dated” (

“Produced in England on a diminished budget, the album showcases pure pop with a hungry edge” (Woodstra). “Stripped down of the earlier excesses, the album hints at the direction the band would take in the '80s while capturing a rare, rougher side to their music” (Woodstra).

“The ballads Stuff and Nonsense and Semi-Detached – find their songwriting craft at full power. Most of the material is written by brothers Neil and Tim Finn, yet keyboardist Eddie Rayner contributes a real sleeper in Marooned and bassist Nigel Griggs converts the Enz into Australia’s answer to XTC on Livin’ It Up” (

I See Red, added after the initial pressing, became a moderate hit in Australia and New Zealand, allowing the band the financial freedom to follow up with the blockbuster True Colours in 1980” (Woodstra).

“‘I See Red’ has since become the album’s spokesman on various compilations, but the songs that follow it – Give It a Whirl, Master Plan, Betty – are more likely to please fans of the Enz’ poppier exploits. It’s all a little rough hewn when weighed against their better work (a charge many level at Squeeze’s pre-Argybargy output), but fans will take some of these songs to heart” (

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Related DMDB Links:

Previous Album: Dizrhythmia (1977) Split Enz’ DMDB page Next Album: True Colours (1980)

Tim Finn’s DMDB page Neil Finn’s DMDB page

Last updated April 7, 2008.