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Phil Judd

Phil Judd in the Australian Comedy "Starstruck"

Philip Raymond Judd (20/3/1953- ) was a founding member of Split Enz and The Swingers and also performed with Suburban Reptiles and Schnell Fenster. He is also an accomplished artist and designed the cover for the first Split Enz album, Mental Notes.

Judd met Tim Finn while studying art at Auckland University and along with Mike Chunn and Noel Crombie formed the original line-up of Split Enz, Judd and Finn writing much of their early material. Judd left the band in 1977 returning briefly in 1978.

After leaving Split Enz Judd produced and performed on The Suburban Reptiles second single Saturday Night Stay at Home, now considered a kiwi classic. Later Judd formed The Swingers with ex-members of the Suburban Reptiles. They had a #1 hit on both sides of the Tasman with Counting the Beat.

The Swingers broke up in 1982. The following year Judd released his solo album Private Lives on Mushroom. Later he played guitar on Tim Finn's solo album Big Canoe, (1986) worked on film soundtracks, and performed with Schnell Fenster, a band featuring ex Split Enz members Nigel Griggs and Noel Crombie.

Solo Work


1983 Dictionary of Love


1983 Private Lives - Mushroom - L37992
Dream 'n' Away Rendezvous
2006 Mr Phudd and His Novelty Act
No One's Best Man
2008 Love Is A Moron
2014 Play it Strange

More Video Links

Give it a Whirl - Split Enz documentary.
Spellbound - 1993 Split Enz documentary.
GTK - Interview

Audio Links

The Life and Times of Phil Judd Pt. 2 Pt. 3 Pt. 4 - Four part interview on Rip It Up Radio

General Links

PhilJudd.com - Official Phil Judd site
Frenz.com - Swingers Biography
Audio Culture
Deviant Art - Phil Judd gallery
Blog on the Tracks - The Phil Judd Interview