Sand Band


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Jay & Liam try to make as much noise as possible. Get your Shards out. Have yourselves a nice beach dance party.

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Last edited: 16.07.15

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  • View on NZ On Screen Lyin' in the Sand

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Rock ; Music Video

    "'Lyin' in the Sand' closed Hello Sailor's self-titled debut album in 1977, the song's languid South Seas vibe providing respite after 'Gutter Black' and various guitars. Inspired by a spontaneous South Pacific parody from vocalist Graham Brazier one night, it was written by guitarist Harry Lyon after observing how Takapuna's smart set took their beach for granted. TVNZ filmed the band playing live in a Christchurch studio in 1978, just before the band set off to try to make it in LA. Lyon sings, so Brazier is absent; drummer Ricky Ball's hula confirms that the band’s tongue was in its chic." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Cool World

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Pop ; Music Video

    "The video for 'Cool World' melds a mood of paranoia — including flashes of recording equipment, and worried words about surveillance — with numerous images of a model in a silver halter top, dealing to a punching bag. The Samoan brothers Ioasa create a smoothly percussive sound, which echoes overseas bands like Roxy Music and The Blue Nile much more strongly than other music coming out of Aotearoa in this period (1995). The song is taken from Grace's only album Black Sand Shore, which writer Nick Bollinger later rated as one of New Zealand's 100 finest. " (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen United State

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Rock ; Music Video

    "The band plays a hypnotic groove in a room washed with red and then blue light as a woman with an expression of grim foreboding walks down a beach carrying two bags, towards a scarecrow with a mannequin’s face standing in the sand. Vertical scratches mark the film of the band’s performance, as the woman unpacks the contents of her bags and turns the area beneath the scarecrow into a shrine which she kneels before. But then, as the band briefly breaks free of its groove, she circles the scarecrow, wrestles with it and drags it towards the sea." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Husband House

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Alternative ; Flying Nun ; Music Video

    ""The season's old and the leaves have turned to gold / And the wind blows cold from the south ..." The song is mournful, dreamy and elegiac, and so is the music video, from Steve Young. The clip features amiably laidback performances by the band members, hanging out in various Dunedin locations — including synchronised guitar dancing (a la the Shadows) on a wintry-looking beach: grey clouds, pale blue sky and a charming "out now on Flying Nun" drawn in the sand as the closing shot. The orange $50 note in the busking bowl is a notable 80s relic." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Grace

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Music Video ; Short Film

    "After a strongly musical upbringing, the Ioasa brothers Anthony, Jason and Paul formed Grace together in 1993. On the strength of debut single 'Skin to Skin' they signed to label Deepgrooves, and released 1995 album Black Sand Shore. It was followed by a national tour, and was later picked for Nick Bollinger’s book 100 Essential New Zealand Albums. The band split in 1998 before completing a second album. Paul passed away in 2003, and Anthony continued to work as a producer through the 2000s. He also wrote the majority of the debut album by TrueBliss, the fastest selling New Zealand album to date." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Flaming Soul

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Punk ; Music Video

    "Beneath the escarpments, the gold miners have perished as Wellington rockers Flesh D-Vice come thundering out of the wastelands of a Wild West desert landscape from hell. This studio performance video was made for a 1985 single. For all of the serious intent on display, 'Flaming Soul' is practically a torch song compared to some of the band's more ferocious outings and there are some lighter touches to be seen: a guitar lead plugged into the sand and lead singer Gerald Dwyer nonchalantly lighting his cigarette from the inferno of a flaming oil drum." (NZ On Screen summary)


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