Video Kid

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  • View on NZ On Screen The Video Kid

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Music Video

    "The Video Kid was one of many outlets for the musical talents of Bret McKenzie, who has done time in pop-reggae outfit The Black Seeds, the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra and, as half of slightly successful folk-parody duo Flight of the Conchords. The Video Kid released his Prototype, his only album to date, in 2004. Described as folk-electronica-meets-synth-over-satire, it received a nomination at that year's b.Net Awards for Best Downbeat Release.  " (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Circus Kids

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Pop ; Alternative ; Rock ; Music Video

    "'Circus Kids' was the lead single from Bike’s sole long-play record Take In The Sun, and is a prime example of the layered, classically-inspired arrangements and pop songcraft that frontman Andrew Brough had touched on in his previous band Straitjacket Fits. In this elegantly gothic promo, an innocent young boy goes a-wandering and discovers the seedy underbelly of circus life - all rendered in lush black-and-white by director Jonathan King, and veteran cinematographer Neil Cervin. " (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Kids Of 88

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Music Video

    "School friends Sam McCarthy and Jordan Arts formed electropop duo Kids of 88 in 2008 after initially playing in their own bands (McCarthy was in pop-punk act Goodnight Nurse). They described their sound as "an alleyway gangbang between Grandmaster Flash and The Knack". Their debut single 'Our House' was a theme song for TV Channel C4 and entered the charts at number four. The follow-up 'Just A Little Bit' won best single and video at the 2010 NZ Music Awards. In 2011, celebrity blogger Perez Hilton declared them "breakout act" at the American SxSW festival." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Dawnskate-88

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: R&B ; Hip Hop ; Indie ; Music Video

    "Flight of the Conchords star and onetime Black Seeds musician Bret McKenzie clearly digs Wellington. In this video for solo project The Video Kid, he goes early morning skateboarding through the capital city. The downbeat groove of the folk-electronica number is a perfect match for a glorious 'on a good day' dawn, as the sun rises over Mt Matthews and the crew cruise down Wellington's Alexandra Road and along Mt Victoria's town belt. Later in the golden light they claim a deserted golden mile (Lambton Quay) for the skaters. " (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Just a Little Bit

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Alternative ; Music Video

    "The urgent, pulsating 'Just a Little Bit' was the second single for Auckland electropop duo Kids of 88. On a set lit by suitably retro fluorescent light tubes, director Tim van Dammen's clip echoes the video for the band's debut 'Our House' — but with models fighting each other rather than having paint poured over them. Van Dammen's aim was to create "a fight, but shot to look like an orgy" — and, by the end of the video, the line between passion and aggression is all but indistinguishable. The single and video were both winners at the 2010 NZ Music Awards." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Cuckoo Land

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Series ; Children ; Television

    "Heavily influenced by the mid-80s MTV-led music video boom, this madcap six part kids fantasy series focuses on an aspiring songwriter and her daughters who renounce life on a land yacht to settle in a house with a mind of its own. Based on scripts by acclaimed author Margaret Mahy (in her first collaboration with director Yvonne Mackay), it utilises then cutting edge video special effects (requiring locked off shots and no camera movement). The soundtrack is by composer Jenny McLeod while Paul Holmes' narrator is omnipotent and petulant in equal parts." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Lull

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Pop ; Rock ; Music Video

    "Shot near Anawhata Beach, west of Auckland, this clip from award-winning music video director Sam Peacocke (Manurewa, Shihad - Beautiful Machine) offers shades of classic Vincent Ward film Vigil, thanks to its images of moody rural landscapes, and kids watching bleak relationships go bad. Blindspott perform the track against foreboding macrocarpas which have a life of their own. The clip was judged Best Rock Video in the 2007 Vodafone Juice TV Awards." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • True Colours - First Episode

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Magazine ; Music ; Television

    "Born of a dispute between TVNZ and record companies over video payments, True Colours tended to feature New Zealand bands in a studio setting, plus the occasional video. This first episode sets the template. Former Radio with Pictures host Dick Driver and Phillipa Dann (from pop show Shazam!) introduce a magazine-style show of live music, news and interviews. Ardijah open proceedings here, with their mix of polynesian R&B and funk. Later Tim Finn gets the interview treatment. The dispute was eventually settled and True Colours ended after seven episodes." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Cuckoo Land - The House (First Episode)

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Children ; Television

    "Musician Petunia (Jennifer Ludlam) and daughters Polly and Patch are tiring of their lives as land yachting "gypsies of the motorway" in the first episode of this hyperactive children's fantasy drama written by Margaret Mahy. Their salvation could be a magic house owned by Crocodile Crosby — a used car dealer with ambitions to be a pirate — but a devious land agent (Michael Wilson) and a dastardly wealthy couple stand in the way. All powerful narrator Paul Holmes orchestrates the action which features extensive use of music and period video special effects." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Sub-Cranium Feeling

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Hip Hop ; Music Video

    "The award-winning promo for the debut single by hip hop artist King Kapisi (Bill Urale) is a family affair: bookended by shots of his two-year-old son, directed by his sister Sima and produced by another sister, Makerita. The song is a plea to his Samoan people to remember their pre-colonial past: “feed your kids not the church”. Filmed underwater at Wellington’s Kilbirnie Aquatic Centre, the video has islander Kapisi swimming through a sea of lava-lava. It won gongs at 2004’s BFM, Mai Time, and Flying Fish awards and an NZ On Air 1000 Music Video Celebration nod." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Weather With You

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Pop ; Music Video

    "Evoking nostalgia for summer holidays, Crowded House lark around at the beach with partners, kids and Lester the dog. Shot in the Bellarine Peninsula near Melbourne, the music video features bassist Nick Seymour's 1961 T-Bird convertible, plus a brief shot of the police who pulled him over for driving it unregistered, then took it around the carpark. American record executives were unimpressed with the video, which won more favour in the UK. The first fruit of a writing session by Neil and Tim Finn, the song was one of eight Finn brothers compositions on third Crowded House album Woodface." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Kimbra

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Music Video

    "Hamilton born chart topper Kimbra Lee Johnson has been singing in public since she was 10 years old. At 12, she featured as a wannabe pop star in a series of segments on kids' TV show What Now; and, two years later, she came second in the Rockquest schools' music competition. After winning Juice TV's Breakthrough video award in 2007, she was signed by an Australian management company. In 2011, she sang on Gotye's international hit 'Somebody I Used to know'. Her own debut album followed soon after and she was a six time winner at the 2012 NZ Music Awards.   " (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Haunted Love

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Music Video

    "Haunted Love specialise in dark, enigmatic folk-pop and describe themselves as “a comic book of the Dunedin music scene - for nerds, cool kids and connoisseurs”. Formed in 2005, they are a duo comprised of Geva Downey (organ, vocals, percussion) and Rainy McMaster (guitar, vocals). At one point Logan Valentine (from The Tweeks) was a third member. In 2007, they had an internet hit with the video for their song ‘Librarian’; and, in 2009, they released a five song EP called ‘Darkness in Diamond City’." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Dance All around the World

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Pop ; Music Video

    "This beloved song was written in Wanaka on the first (1971) Blerta tour as part of The Blerta Kids' Show. (The children’s slot was made to allay conservative fears as the busload of merry pranksters rolled into town.) The concept was inspired by a Margaret Mahy story — reshaped by Geoff Murphy — and the music was composed by Corben Simpson. Bill Stalker provided the narration. It became a hit single and synonymous with Kiwi counter culture. There was never a video made, nor extant concert footage: this clip is excerpted from Murphy’s Blerta Revisited doco." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Wreck of the Diddley

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Animation ; Kids ; Music Video

    "Since 1997 mysterious duo Fatcat & Fishface have produced a self-proclaimed ‘outlaw’ oeuvre of music for kids (and adults), that delights in not always looking at the bright side of life — as well as championing New Zealand birds, shipwrecks and rambunctious kids. In 2007 they commissioned Stephen and Ruth Templer to animate this unruly Socratic shanty from the Pretty Ugly album. The resulting film, with skull and crossbones aplenty, screened at the 2007 NZ Film Festival and in Korea, Melbourne and London. The Templers later animated F&F songs Nightclub and Hair." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Havoc - First Episode

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Magazine ; Comedy ; Television

    "Irreverent 90s youth show Havoc launched the TV careers of hosts Mikey Havoc and Jeremy ‘Newsboy’ Wells (the pair worked together at radio station 95bFM). This first episode played on MTV (then run by TVNZ). Guests are Shortland Street actor Angela Bloomfield, Metro editor Bill Ralston and musician Darcy Clay. Amongst pop culture montages, videos and archive (future MP Lockwood Smith hosts kids’ knowledge test The W Three Show), Newsboy meets Hustler magazine centrefold Kimberly. The show is date-stamped by Spice Girls, drum’n’bass, Sodastream and Wells’ gelled hair." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Flyby

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Animation ; Kids ; Music Video

    "The Listener described the children’s music of Fatcat & Fishface as being “like Tom Waits’ toy cupboard”; aptly this dirty ditty’s subject is not typical fairytale fodder. ‘Flyby’ buzzes into the kitchen to honour the humble house fly, where — all together now — “she was … looking for a place to lay her maggots.” The stop motion music video tribute to the fly is animated lovingly by Robin Nathan and Greg Schmetzer. The song is from the album Horrible Songs for Children, which won Best New Artist for Older Children at the 1999 Children's Music Web Awards (USA)." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen The Electric Confectionaires

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Music Video

    "Like kids in a candy store, The Electric Confectionaires know no boundaries when it comes to making music. The Auckland four-piece stamped their mark while students at Takapuna Grammar, winning the 2005 secondary schools Rockquest competition with their eclectic all-sorts mix of rock, garage, blues and jazz. They became known as 'the band to watch' and their 2007 debut album Sweet Tooth, delivered on expectations with winning Beach-Boy-quality harmonies and bubblegum hooks." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Happity

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Animation ; Kids ; Music Video

    "The Listener described the child-friendly music of Fatcat & Fishface as sounding “like Tom Waits’ toy cupboard.” ‘Happity’ (from album Meanie) is a bogan twist on Cinderella, with an uncoordinated rabbit from Palmerston North — “the fumbliest, stubbliest bunny of all / His feet are too big and his teeth are too small” — feeling dateless before the Manawatu ball. Made with stop motion animation, the video was directed by Derek Sonic Thunders, who gained notoriety for his video ‘Songs About Drinkin’ and Dyin', in which Action Man and Barbie do unmentionable things." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Headlights

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Rock ; Indie ; Music Video

    "Banned by TVNZ, Headlights won Best Video and Best Use of Exploitative Tactics at Handle the Jandal 2008.   "The original idea was much worse and read like a bad Charles Bukowski story. We decided we'd end up in jail if we attempted to film this terrible, terrible idea. We had to bribe 30 kids with lollies. When sugar madness kicked in they became undirectable. We then bribed them with toys which they used to hit us and each other." Jarrod Holt of thedownlowconcept - March 09" (NZ On Screen summary)

 

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