Using plenty of his own photographs to illustrate his story, Errol Schroder takes us back to the 50s, 60s and 70s to provide his memories of being a photographer with the New Zealand Air Force (Schroder also spent three years in the navy). His Air Force career saw him posted through the Pacific and South East Asia. In Vietnam, there are tales of nervous times on American bases, and a hair-raising patrol in an OV-10 Bronco aircraft. Even in retirement, action came Errol’s way — his home was wrecked in the September 2010 Christchurch earthquake.
This cascading pop song from Wellington band Fur Patrol’s debut EP Starlifter accompanies an early music video from director Greg Page. Julia Deans and her band mates appear mired in concrete in a suburban swimming pool which begins to fill — but they play on, apparently oblivious to the rising water. The pool was owned by neighbours of Page’s parents in Palmerston North, who were happy to indulge him, but it was Fur Patrol who suffered for Page’s art as they coped with water that was very cold and not especially clean.
Pop/rock band Fur Patrol first appeared on the NZ recording scene with the EP Starlifter in 1998. The EP got the four-piece some notice, but it was their debut album Pet that really got things going. The striking hit single 'Lydia' was the most played song on NZ radio that year, and the band finished the year with four NZ Music Awards. The almost obligatory shift to Australia followed, with the band's second album Collider being recorded in Melbourne in 2003. The band has gone into recess these days, with singer Julia Deans now working solo.