Exploring the world of NZ On Air music video funding

I’ve set myself the challenge of watching every music video made as part of NZ On Air's $5000 music video funding scheme from 1991 to 2011.
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48May "Leather & Tattoos"

48May “Leather & Tattoos”

48May got into a bit of trouble with this song, on account of it having more than a passing resemblance to “Punk Rock 101″ by the Texan punk-pop band Bowling for Soup. According to the Htown Wiki, the song was pulled from the rerelease of the band’s debut album The Mad Love, and indeed the...
Missing videos from December 2003

Missing videos from December 2003

Hey, what’s going on here? Yes! There are no missing videos from this funding round! The database had a K’Lee video listed, “Feels Good”, which was to be the first single off her second album. According to the Kiwi Hit Disc, the song had “a more sophisticated R&B/dance sound” and reckoned “K’Lee evades any fears...
Whiz Kidz "Fine Today"

Whiz Kidz “Fine Today”

Whiz Kidz’s bio on Muzic.net.nz describes the Hamilton band as “pop with twists of ska, electronic, hip hop and rock”, which is pretty accurate. That sounds like the sort of band who would have been pretty fresh in the late ’90s, but in 2003 it’s all starting to sound a bit tired. Their first single...
The Mint Chicks "Blue Team Go"

The Mint Chicks “Blue Team Go”

Hey, it’s the Mint Chicks! This is where it feels like the last remains of the ’90s have dried up and fallen off and the richness of the ’00s can begin. And yes, let these Auckland art-school hooligans lead the way. “Blue Team Go” is a mere 77 seconds long, but that’s as long as...
Stylus "Backstabbers Incorporated"

Stylus “Backstabbers Incorporated”

Hell hath no fury like a rap-rock artist scorned? So, there’s the Stylus dude sitting on the couch playing video cames with his girlfriend who is played by Anna Jullienne, who would very soon go on to play nurse Maia Jeffries on Shortland Street. Hanging out with a hot gamer girlfriend – this sounds like...
Sommerset "Inside"

Sommerset “Inside”

Auckland punk-arse punks Sommerset return with “Inside”, a rage against the claustrophobic lifestyle. The adventure begins with a loved-up young couple on a couch. This leads to footage of sperm swimming, and the next thing there’s a baby on the scene. The mother lays the baby to sleep in his bedroom, and from there we...
Soane featuring Tha Feelstyle & Boh Runga "All I Need"

Soane featuring Tha Feelstyle & Boh Runga “All I Need”

Soane mixes up some freshness featuring Tha Feelstyle on the verses and Boh Runga delivering a killer chorus. The video is a blue screen job, with Tha Feelstyle, Soane and various cool kids dancing in front of a urban themed background. One of the cool kids is a girl with a broken arm. That’s not...
Salmonella Dub "Slide"

Salmonella Dub “Slide”

Salmonella Dub’s three previous videos have all been animations, which I always assume is the result of a band too busy touring to shoot a video in person. The other way of handling that dilemma is to shoot the video on the road, and that seems to be what the Dub has done for “Slide”....
Pluto "Dance Stamina"

Pluto “Dance Stamina”

Here’s Pluto sounding very cool, with hints of the Stone Roses and early U2. Far removed from the comedy world of “Bananas in the Mist”, “Dance Stamina” gets very moody and sexy. Oh yeah. The video opens with Pluto silhouetted in red light against a screen. When we meet the band, they’re bathed in red...
Opshop "Saturated"

Opshop “Saturated”

Most enticingly, the YouTube description says this song was “featured on the hit TV series The Hills“. MTV has lists of all the songs used on each episode of the popular scripted reality show, but I couldn’t find “Saturated” anywhere, so I’ll never know if it was the Speidi love theme. Actually, given the that...
Katchafire "Bounce"

Katchafire “Bounce”

The video starts with Katchafire in a shed, performing a song about marijuana. I feel like this is the group’s default mode, and if you were to pay them a surprise visit at any time of day or night, they’d be in a shed performing a song about marijuana. “What do you say we do...
Goodshirt "Cement"

Goodshirt “Cement”

Kezia Barnett, the director of Goodshirt’s previous video “Buck It Up”, is back for another adventure inside her gothic world of dance. Like “Buck It Up”, the “Cement” video is set inside an eerie old building – this time it’s a spooky looking house on a moonlit night. The band are playing outside the house...