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One Step Ahead

Music Video – 1980

from the album Waiata (1981)

After Neil Finn-penned single ‘I Got You’ took Split Enz to number one, another Neil Finn song was chosen to announce follow-up album Waiata (aka Corroboree). The video  which screened in the early days of music channel MTV  is surprisingly understated, while retaining touches of familiar Enz weirdness. After walking past coloured silhouettes of the rest of the band, Neil arrives on a set designed on a theme of black, etched with lines of colour. Tim mimes enthusiasm while sitting on the floor, keyboardist Eddie Rayner moonwalks, and the Enz step on out of there. 

I was very pleased in the studio that that one turned out so well. It was a very simple song really. It's got no chorus though, that's why I quite like it — or it's got no obvious chorus.
– Songwriter Neil Finn, talking about One Step Ahead on 2007 RNZ National show Enzology

Key Cast & Crew

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Noel Crombie