Missing videos from 2005

February 2005

Strawpeople featuring Jordan Reyne “Wire”

“Wire” is the last of the the 17 videos the Strawpeople had funded. That’s a lot of videos – they’re outnumbered only by Salmonella Dub, Katchafire, Greg Johnson, The Feelers and Shihad.

Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

April 2005

Alphrisk “Guess Who’s Here”

“Guess Who’s Here” asks Alphrisk. The answer is Alphrisk. He’s joined by fellow Deceptikon Savage, and notes that the “Deceptikonz are going places”. There’s a live performance of the song on the short-lived New Zealand version of Top of the Pops.

Bennett “Stop Holding Us Back”

Bennett’s second and final funded video is the assertive “Stop Holding Us Back”.

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Blindspott “Trevor Sue Me”

The weirdest entry in the old NZ On Air database was funding for a Blindspott song called “Trevor Sue Me”. No song (or video) with this name exists, so I assume it’s a placeholder title. That raises the question: who was Trevor and how did he earn the ire of Blindspott?

Michael Murphy “How Good Does It Feel”

I’m not sure if a video was made for NZ Idol runner-up Michael Murphy’s second single “How Good Does It Feel”, but it’s on the list. If so, it was his one and only funded video. This seems like such a luxury – a realty show contestant being allowed to release an album full of original songs. Murph’s post-Idol solo career didn’t have a future, but he will later show up with his band 5star Fallout. (Bonus: long-term readers of my online oeuvre may wish to think back to #sodamncontroversial and laugh and laugh and laugh.)

Sommerset “Magdalene”

Sommerset has the dramatically titled “Magdalene (Love Like a Holocaust)”, which sounds like the aftermath of a bad break-up. It was the final of Sommerset’s five funded videos.

Director: Andrew Morton
Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

The New Trends “Five Minutes With You”

The New Trends were a high school duo from Taradale. They were finalists in the 2004 Rockquest, the same year Incursa won and Kimbra was the runner-up. But they had their most success with the song “Five Minutes with You”, which placed second at the Play It Strange songwriting awards in 2004, including a performance of the song by Michael Murphy.

Director: Paul Taylor
Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

Instead…

The consolation video for this month is a charity single. “Anchor Me”, the Mutton Birds’ nautical love song, was recorded by an all-star line-up to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the sole act of international terrorism in New Zealand.

Director: Tim Groenendaal
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Alphrisk featuring Adeaze “Sunshine”

2004-alphrisk-sunshineWith Savage and Mareko already having released solo singles, it was only a matter of time before another of the Deceptikonz went solo. (And rounding out the quartet, Devolo’s solo work is coming as well.) “Sunshine”, a top 10 hit, is a cheerful celebration of life, with heavenly harmonies provided by Adeaze on the chorus.

The video is set at the Capitol cinema in Balmoral, a nice chance from the frequently used Crystal Palace in nearby Mount Eden. Alphrisk is alone in the cinema. He settles down into a seat and watches a slide show of photos and video from his life. It’s like a less sophisticated version of Scribe’s “Dreaming” video.

As Alphrisk looks through the moments of his life, paying respects to his loved ones, he is slowly joined by his mates who mysteriously materialise within the theatre. Maybe they snuck in the fire exit.

It’s a low-budget video and sometimes it feels a bit empty, but it generally hits all the marks it needs to. There’s Alphrisk and his posse and things are good.

Best bit: a shot of the year book where Alphrisk was voted second-equal “most likely to be famous”, with the number one slot going to fashion designer Leila Rawnsley-Mason.

Note: This video was on MySpace, but it’s since been taken down. It’s available on MTV Brazil, though.

Director: Andrew Sorenson
Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

Next… the lady and the lake.