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Strangers were a 5-piece group from Wellington, featuring current and ex members of ‘The Deadline’, ‘Damaged’, ‘Scab’, ‘Dial’, ‘Neon Bastard’ & ‘GSH’. In late 2007 they released their debut album ‘Weight’, which gathered much critical praise, and was voted “Best NZ
release of 2007” by the readers of NZ website”. A relentless schedule of
touring, saw them appearing at numerous festivals around the country including Punkfest and Hamtown Smackdown. They have opened for internationals such as ‘The Dillinger Escape Plan’, ‘Blacklisted’, ‘Ampere’ and ‘Born/Dead’ as well as completing a full Australian tour in April 2008. Their track Overborn (from ‘Weight’) was featured on the cover disc for US Magazine Terrorizer, which is circulated in large quantities throughout the world.

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Last edited: 17.08.15

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  • View on NZ On Screen Stranger People

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Alternative ; Electronic ; Music Video

    "In a typically polished effort from the industrious Thunderlips duo, Doprah vocalist Indira Force’s metamorphosis into a schizophrenic kawaii girl (Japanese for ‘cute’) makes for an unsettling contrast to the song’s slow-burning ambience — although a late cameo from bandmate Steven Marr in Sailor Moon-style garb provides some comic relief. The clip premiered on US music journal SPIN’s online edition, and was nominated for Best Music Video at the 2014 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Drama ; Short Film

    "This short film was a directorial debut for actor Michael Hurst and screened at Cannes (1994) in a Kiwi shorts showcase. The title comes from country music legend Hank Williams; and more Americana staples — strangers, trains, road trips — are relocated to late-1953 NZ. The marriage of a salesman and his wife has ended in tears. With skilful use of flashbacks, Hurst follows their respective paths with some mysterious travelling companions: Hank Williams and a railways inspector. A passing interest in NZ rail history will add context to the conclusion." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • Holmes - Glen Campbell

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: News/Current Affairs ; Arts/Culture ; Television

    "This 1991 Holmes interview opens with Glen Campbell performing 'Wichita Lineman', the song which Mojo and Blender rated as among the finest of the 20th century. When Campbell recorded it in 1968, he was busy transforming from session musician — he played on everything from 'Good Vibrations' to 'Strangers in the Night" — to pop/country star. Campbell spends most of the interview playing and praising the writer whose songs made him famous: Jimmy Webb ('Galveston'). Asked about past drug use, Campbell laughs, before maintaining he is now living cleanly." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Mark II

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Drama ; Television

    "A road movie with a heart of gold, Mark II is "the Polynesian Easy Rider". Three teens (Nicholas Rogers, Mitchell Manuel, Faifua Amiga) head south from Auckland in a two-tone Mark II Zephyr, two of them blissfully unaware they're being pursued by a van-load of vengeful thugs. Along the way, they encounter the Mongrel Mob, who turn out to be quite helpful, and experience love, prejudice and jealousy from strangers. Written by Mike Walker and Manuel, it was TVNZ's first telefeature and is the third film in a loose trilogy (following Kingi's Story and Kingpin)." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Anchor Me

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Pop ; Rock ; Music Video

    "Don McGlashan’s anthemic plea for safe harbour — written for band The Mutton Birds — won him his first APRA Silver Scroll songwriting award, and began a life of its own. It was used in the soundtrack of a short film (Boy), a movie (Perfect Strangers) and was given all star treatment by Greenpeace. But TVNZ’s use of it on National Party conference footage was a step too far for McGlashan, who took very public offence. Director Fane Flaws places his video — a nominee for an NZ Film and TV Award — in the eye of a mermaid rather than a storm, but plenty of perils await." (NZ On Screen summary)


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