In the '70s, Split Enz had a cartoonish look, with colorful hair, white make-up, and costumes that resembled opera clowns. In the '80s, they toned down the visuals and drew more focus to the music. It was a good move: With their 1980 album True Colours
they became one of the most popular acts in Australia and New Zealand, and made inroads in America and the UK with the single "I Got You
"Six Months In A Leaky Boat" is from their 1982 album Time And Tide
, which has a nautical theme throughout. It was also a global success, but they hit rough waters and broke up two years later. Neil Finn formed an even more successful band: Crowded House, which his brother Tim later joined.