Southside of Bombay’s follow-up single after “What’s the Time Mr Wolf” is the uplifting “All Across the World”. It’s a happy singalong good vibes experience, and the video includes a big group sing.
There is also scenes in a strange minimalist art gallery place, hands clutches rosary beads, hongiing, men in prison, live performance footage, little kids being cute, and close-ups of people looking very meaningful and/or mysterious. This is world of slow motion, where people move their heads in very meaningful ways.
And Mr Bob Marley also gets a mention, with a poster prominently placed in the background. Indeed, BobMarley.com notes the influence of Tuff Gong on “the Maoris of New Zealand”.
The song ends with the classic truck-driver gear-shift chord change, while the aforementioned little kids frolic with flags of the world. Hopefully this will cheer up the grim-faced men behind bars.
Best bit: the little girl who carefully hands a boy a ti rakau stick instead of throwing it like the other kids.
Director: Richard Bluck
Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision
Next… we dream of a time and place in outer space.