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Nigel Griggs (born August 18, 1949, in Hatfield, England) is a musician who played bass guitar in Split Enz. He is the brother of Paul Griggs from 70s vocal group Guys N’ Dolls. A professional musician since 1968, Nigel played in a number of bands, notably Steve Hillage’s Khan.

Nigel has been playing bass since he was 14 years old because his brother’s band needed a bassist. His other hobbies include photography, sound recording and soccer.

Nigel joined Split Enz at the exact time Neil Finn did, in 1977 at the recommendation of the current drummer and close friend of Griggs, Malcolm Green. When shown the band’s Noel Crombie designed outfits, all Griggs could say was “Jesus Fuck!!!”. He soon fitted into the band, both musically and stylistically. His bass style tightly gelled with Malcolm’s drumming.

Nigel stayed with the Enz until their 1984 split. After the split, Nigel joined Enz drummer Noel Crombie, Enz keyboardist Eddie Rayner, Split Enz founder Phil Judd & guitarist Michael Den Elzen in the band Schnell Fenster.

In 1996 when Crowded House split up and released their greatest hits album Recurring Dream, the group’s leader Neil Finn approached Griggs to put together a collection of the band’s greatest live performances to append selected copies of Recurring Dream.

In 2002 Griggs released a solo album called Sleeper through the Split Enz fanclub Frenz of the Enz.

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