Shona’s last video, the Nixons’ first, a cold day, and a hearty dose of Hamilton bogan rock.
Two videos have emerged from the second year of NZ On Air funding, and they’re both set at a train station (but not the same one).
Continue reading Found videos from 1992
My introduction to Shona Laing was her angry phase in the ’80s, with US college radio hit “Soviet Snow” and “Glad I’m Not a Kennedy”. So when Shona grew out her punky mullet and returned to her barefoot folk singer roots, it was a bit of a shock to me.
“Mercy of Love” is a pretty song about how love comes along and changes your direction, makes you do stuff you can’t control, and there’s nothing you can do to stop it.
It’s a bit of a cafe song, and the video is a simple performance of Shona singing the song, with some symbols drawn on her face. At other times, the kinder, gentler Shona shrinks into a tiny box in the middle of the screen – about one-third of the screen size – and performs in front of green-screen superimposed static and some more symbols.
What do all these symbols mean? Oh, where is Professor Robert Langdon to crack the Laing code?
Best bit: chilled out Shona, relaxing in a chair.
Director: Karyn Hay
Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision
Next… oh, meow.