I Got You

Album: True Colours (1980)
Charted: 12 53
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  • The core of Split Enz were the brothers Neil (vocals) and Tim (guitar) Finn. Neil later formed Crowded House, Tim joining the band for their third album. Neil and Tim have also released 2 albums together as The Finn Brothers.
  • Neil wrote and sang lead on this song, which went to the top of the Australian, New Zealand and Canadian charts.
  • Neil Finn described in an interview on the Johnny Walker show on BBC Radio 2 how this song started off with just the title: "Tim and I were having sessions where he'd throw me a title and I'd throw him a title and we'd go off to our respective rooms and write a song. And he gave me the title 'I Got You,' and I went in and I wrote it, and I thought the verse was pretty good but I thought the chorus was only a bit average and I should change it at some point, but in fact it was never changed and it became... it just goes to show I don't know a hit when I hear one really." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for all above
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Comments: 5

  • Chris from Germany great song.. maybe one of the best songs of all time. The refrain is awesome and unexpected
  • Chris from Germany I was born in the late 80s and knew of course CROWDED HOUSE and months ago I discovered this song. It happened and i was in love. It was the greatest success for the Band. The song even reached the Hot 100 at #53 in 1980. When MTV went on air this belonged to the staple of early MTV. The refrain is awesome and catchy.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn August 17th 1980, "I Got You" by Split Enz entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #88; and on September 28th, 1980 it peaked at #53 {for 1 week} and spent 11 weeks on the Top 100...
    And on April 14th, 1980 {for 8 weeks} on the Australian Kent Music Report chart {it also peaked at #1 in New Zealand}.
  • Jim from Long Beach, CaGreat song from a great era..
  • Mary from Phoenix, AzMan...I was 10 when this came out on video...I don't know why, but the video always creeped me out, but I always loved the song!
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