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Split Enz truly was one step ahead with this forgotten tune

Covering songs that were released 30-35 years might on the surface seem a little tardy, but with so many forgotten songs, it's great to learn about "new" '80s songs in 2016. While many see '80s music as the past - for many of us, the music is still being discovered and we are One Step Ahead.

Split Enz will always be remembered for I Got You and as the springboard for Crowded House, but the New Zealand group had numerous hits Down Under including One Step Ahead from 1981 that was a Top 5 hit. In the U.S., One Step Ahead only made it to No. 104. The single was also notable in that it was one of the first singles released on a laser-etched vinyl and was also one of the songs played on MTV's first 24 hours.

The video for One Step Ahead seems pedestrian until we get some interesting happenings at the 2:00 mark. It is at that point that keyboardist Eddie Rayner leaves his post and does a pantomime walk that is actually a forward moonwalk that predates Michael Jackson's Motown moment by a few years. No disrespect to Rayner or MJ, but the mime move was first seen on the big screen in the 1945 French film Children of Paradise. Rayner, nick-named "The Prof" is credited for turning the Split Enz sound from regular rock to new wave.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 6:27am]


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