History Never Repeats

1981 single by Split Enz

"History Never Repeats" is a 1981 song by New Zealand art rock band Split Enz and is the second single from their seventh studio album Waiata. It went to number 5 in New Zealand, number 4 in Australia, number 63 in the United Kingdom and number 33 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart. It was the 12th music video on MTV first day of broadcast on 1 August, 1981.

"History Never Repeats"
Single by Split Enz
from the album Waiata
  • "Holy Smoke"
ReleasedMarch 1981
RecordedAAV Studios, Melbourne, 1980
GenreNew wave
LabelMushroom Records
Songwriter(s)Neil Finn
Producer(s)David Tickle
Split Enz singles chronology
"One Step Ahead"
"History Never Repeats"
"I Don't Wanna Dance"

Track listings


Australasian release

  1. "History Never Repeats" – 3:00
  2. "Holy Smoke"

International release


Released in the UK, the Netherlands, Spain and Portugal with different artwork and track listings.

UK/Portugal track listing
  1. "History Never Repeats" – 3:00
  2. "Shark Attack (Live)"
  3. "What's The Matter With You (Live)"
Netherlands/Spain track listing
  1. "History Never Repeats" – 3:00
  2. "What's the Matter with You (Live)"