After the release of Split Enz 1982 album Time and Tide, Tim Finn decided to give the band a break after 10 years. Younger brother Neil Finn worked on some demos for the upcoming Split Enz album, while percussionist Noel Crombie released the single My Voice Keeps Changing On Me. It was Tim's intention to take the time to work some of the new songs that he wanted to release, but felt were not Enz material. On the radio documentary Enzology Tim says that he tried some of the songs out with the band (he names Fraction Too Much Friction), but it just wasn't working.
With a break from touring and some new songs in hand, Tim decided to work with musicians outside of the Enz stable. He grew quite attached to former Beach Boys drummer Ricky Fataar who along with his partner Mark Moffatt played and produced on the album.
Along with Ricky and Mark, Tim worked with music veteran Venetta Fields whose backing vocals provided a soulful feel to the album. On various songs he worked with Australian music heavy weights such as Wilbur Wilde and Joe Camilleri.
When released the first single Fraction Too Much Friction was a huge hit in Australia and New Zealand, and the album took off from there. Tim himself did not expect this level of success. The idea was to experiment musically away from Split Enz, get it out of his system and then come back to begin the new album.
In spite of the success and the expectation to follow up with a tour, Tim felt an obligation to Split Enz, and after 5 gigs to support the album he went back to the studio with the band to begin work on the new album to be titled Conflicting Emotions.
Upon returning to the Enz, the dynamic of the band had changed. Tim seemed less interested and increasingly distracted as did Neil Finn, who had a child on the way. Tim himself only contributed 4 songs to the album, the rest of which were Neil's. There was some conflict within the band regarding where they were going next, and no one except the Finns were particularly happy when Ricky Fataar was bought in to play drums on Message to my Girl. No one is sure why current drummer Noel Crombie was not selected to play on the track.
After touring for the album, and bringing in drummer Paul Hester, Tim made a decision to leave the band, making younger brother Neil the main songwriter for the band. To the surprise of the rest of the band, Neil disbanded Split Enz and arranged for one final album called See Ya 'Round.
Tim rejoined the band for one final tour, playing the currently successful single Fraction Too Much Friction with the Enz. After the tour ended, Tim was back in the studio working on the follow-up Big Canoe.
All tracks by Tim Finn
All tracks written by Tim Finn.
Resequenced track listing with "Below the Belt" replacing "Grand Adventure"
All tracks written by Tim Finn.Tim Finn - vocals, Piano
Ricky Fataar - drums, percussion, Keyboards, Backing vocals
Chris Haig - Bass
Sam McNally - Synthesizers
Mark Moffatt - Guitars
Venetta Fields - Backing vocals
International Management - Nathan D. Brenner
Richard Tee - piano on "Fraction Too Much Friction", Rhodes on "In a Minor Key" and "Wait & See"
Amanda Vincent - Synthesizer
Wilbur Wilde - Saxophone
Joe Camilleri - Saxophone
Peter Cross - Trumpet
Vince Gill - Mandolin on "Not For Nothing"
Doug Lacey - Steel Drums on "Grand Adventure"
Phil Scorgie - Bass on "Grand Adventure"