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Released: January 1975

Rating: 4.494 (average of 8 ratings)

Genre: rock > new wave


Album Tracks:

  1. Walking Down a Road [5:26]
  2. Under the Wheel [7:49]
  3. Amy (Darling) [5:17]
  4. So Long for Now [3:18]
  5. Stranger Than Fiction [6:57]
  6. Time for a Change (Judd) [3:46]
  7. Maybe [2:59]
  8. Titus (Judd) [3:12]
  9. Spellbound [5:00]
  10. Mental Notes (Judd) [:33]
All songs written by T. Finn/ Judd unless noted otherwise.

Total Running Time: 44:17


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Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Late Last Night * (3/75) --
  • Maybe (9/75) --
* On Second Thoughts. See Notes.

Notes: In 1976, the album Second Thoughts combined four songs (“Walking Down a Road,” “Titus,” “Stranger Than Fiction,” “Time for a Change”) from Mental Notes with old songs “Lovey Dovey” and “Matinee Idyll (129)” (both featured on 1979’s archival Beginning of the Enz) and new songs “Late Last Night,” “Sweet Dreams,” and “The Woman Who Loves You.” To confuse matters, that album was released in the U.S. as Mental Notes.

Mental Notes
Split Enz
“The first proper Enz album features the band at its eccentric best. Mental Notes is completely noncommercial art rock filled with ambitious arrangements and slightly disturbing themes courtesy of the Phil Judd and Tim Finn songwriting partnership. Finn's bittersweet crooning perfectly compliments Judd's madman persona on tracks like "Stranger Than Fiction." Although the album would be repackaged, renamed, and re-recorded in years to come, the band would never again produce anything like it” (Woodstra).

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Previous Album: Beginning of the Enz (archives: 1972-75) Split Enz’ DMDB page Tim Finn’s DMDB page Next Album: Dizrhythmia (1977)

Last updated April 7, 2008.