Ngaire “Attitude”

Ngaire had a number one hit with her cover of “To Sir With Love”. But subsequent singles languished in the charts, including “Attitude”. The song – only 2:45 long – sounds like a jam that was never really developed into a full song.

She sings the song up against a wall, surrounded by her band, as if they were protecting her from the bad-attituded subject of the lyrics. Her disses aren’t particularly harsh: “You walk so slowly, like an action reply”. Today, she’d join that anti-slow-walking Facebook group.

The most remarkable thing about the video is Ngaire’s wardrobe. She’s dressed like a young businesswoman, with the style that Eddie from “Absolutely Fabulous” favoured, or indeed the power suits that Christina Rankin would later be mocked for wearing. It’s an odd choice for the song. If Ngaire is playing a confident businesswoman, what was she doing with the lyrical deadbeat in the first place?

Throw yourself into your work, Ngaire! Your TPS reports won’t sass you like he does.

Best bit: The intense rock face of Ngaire’s drummer.

Director: Chris Mauger
Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

Next… Money worries aren’t the only thing that’s getting me down.

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