This documentary tells the story of the legendary Flying Nun music label up to its 21st birthday. The label became associated with the 'Dunedin Sound': a catch-all term for a sprawl of DIY, post-punk, warped, jangly guitar-pop. The Guardian: "[it's] as if being on the other side of the world meant the music was played upside down". Features interviews with founder Roger Shepherd and many key players, the spats and the glory. The label's influence on the US indie scene is noted, and Pavement's Stephen Malkmus covers The Verlaines' 'Death and the Maiden'.
An offshoot of legendary Flying Nun band The Clean, The Great Unwashed recorded two psychedelic-pop albums in the early 80s. The first — Clean Out of Our Minds — was recorded in Christchurch by brothers Hamish and David Kilgour in 1983, while they were giving The Clean a rest. By their second recording, the brothers had been joined by Peter Gutteridge (Snapper), who gave the band a harder sound. The Great Unwashed are seen as an important part of Flying Nun heritage, linking from The Clean to the music all three members went on to make.
Dunedin's David Kilgour first came to prominence in the late 1970s with his brother Hamish, as part of legendary lo-fi band The Clean (who occasionally still tour and record). After forming The Great Unwashed with his brother in 1983, he fronted his own group Stephen in 1989. Since then, Kilgour has released a host of solo recordings, three albums as David Kilgour and the Heavy Eights, and two collaborations with poet Sam Hunt. He has a devoted fan base in the United States, and in 2001 was named a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit. Kilgour paints when he isn't making music.
David Kilgour, looking particularly dapper in a blue and white polka dot shirt, plays the high living rock star in this Stuart Page directed video. The backstage party and driving sequences were filmed in Dunedin and feature David's brother (and fellow Clean member) Hamish and local identities including Martin Phillipps (from The Chills) as the chauffeur. The live performance was shot at the Powerstation in Auckland and the paparazzi sequence takes place at Auckland International Airport. Special mention should be made of the "brick" mobile phone.