Missing videos from 1991

All the videos from the first funding round – April 1991 – are available, but there are still seven videos missing from the first year.

August 1991

Emulsifier “Intergalactic Love”

Wellington-based funk-rock band Emulsifier were singing of “Intergalactic Love”. They have all but disappeared from the online world, but Last.fm indicates that their songs have had 122 plays from 26 listeners, so someone out there still cares.

Director: Josh Frizzell
Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

Parker Project “Looking For The Real Thing”

Introducing the Parker Project, lead by David Parker, formerly of the Rhythm Cage. “Looking for the Real Thing” was the follow-up single to their debut cover of Johnny Nash’s “Tears on my Pillow” that hit number one in the charts. Fools! Never debut with a cover! It activates an ancient curse! “Looking for the Real Thing” only made it to #24.

Director: Peter Catho
Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

These Wilding Ways “Take My Hand”

These Wilding Ways was based around ex-Screaming Meemees guitarist Michael O’Neill. The group had some minor successes, with “Take My Hand” reaching No.30 in the singles chart.

Director: Bruce Sheridan
Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

October 1991

Maree Sheehan “Make U My Own”

Sultry-voiced songstress Maree Sheehan has a good collection of music videos on YouTube, but there’s no sign of her first single, “Make U My Own”.

Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

December 1991

Aotearoa “Sweet Love”

Aotearoa were a reggae band. Group member Carl Perkins went on to form House of Shem, who did their own version of “Sweet Love” in 2011.

Director: Colin McLellan
Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

Trasch “Reason Rhyme”

I found a sliver of information about electronic music pioneers Trasch’s video for “Reason Rhyme”. Club Bizarre notes, “The first single … was the smooth and sensual ‘The Reason Rhyme’ whose accompanying video was made by 1990 Flying Fish video award winner- Richard Gibson.” So the video exists – and sounds most intriguing.

Director: Richard Gibson
Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

Instead…

Here’s MC OJ and Rhythm Slave performing “Joined at the Hip Hop” on the chaotic Saturday morning kids’ TV show, Yahoo.

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