From 'Monday Monday' to 'Ruby Tuesday' to all those songs extolling the excitement of Saturday night, the world is awash with music that namechecks the days of the week. As this Spotlight collection makes clear, Kiwi musicians have not been immune from the trend. The Monday to Saturday line-up includes two tracks from the Mockers (one inspired by the 1984 Queen Street Riots), a solo track from Goldenhorse's Kirstin Morrell, a hit that spent 23 weeks on the charts, a little something from punk pioneers The Suburban Reptiles — and a bonus song where you get to pick your own day!
The lyrics to Greg Johnson's ‘Looking out on Monday’ pay tribute to the satisfaction of sleeping in, and skiving off work; they also mention recognising that “failure is in your lover’s eyes”. Johnson's long time musical collaborator Ted Brown appears in the video as the friend who pops over to Greg's place (in Los Angeles?) to say hello. 'Looking Out on Monday' is taken from 2008's Seven Day Cure, which NZ Herald critic Russell Baillie called “one of the most fully realised Johnson albums yet”. The track was included in Dustin Hoffman / Emma Thompson romance Last Chance Harvey.
'Forever Tuesday Morning', co-written by Andrew Fagan and band mates Tim Wedde and Gary Curtis, is The Mockers' most well-known single and number 75 on APRA's Top 100 NZ Songs. Fagan sits in darkened solitude, a prisoner of his emotions while the band heads into the TVNZ makeup room, passing Radio with Pictures presenter Karyn Hay on the way. After some makeup room mischief involving drummer Steve Thorpe, a can of hairspray and a budgie cut, the band performs, with Fagan now dressed in a flowing white shirt and trademark leotard ensemble.
This weather-themed Kiwi classic spent 21 weeks in the charts, and became one of DD Smash's biggest hits. The quirky, light-hearted video was played repeatedly on Saturday chart show Ready to Roll, and won Best Music Video at the 1983 New Zealand Music Awards. It was directed by a young Andrew Shaw (of Hey Hey It’s Andy fame, later an executive at TVNZ). DD Smash singer/songwriter Dave Dobbyn hams it up in Adidas tracksuit and yellow raincoat, while drummer (and 1980s heartthrob) Peter 'Rooda' Warren appears in his speedos.
The Mockers were at the peak of their mid-80s pop prowess when they released this single. It originated with Andrew Fagan’s Wellington based co-writer Gary Curtis hearing reports of the 1984 Queen Street riot in Auckland (after an outdoor concert which had featured The Mockers). The music video places the band amongst the lions, acrobats, rides and sideshows of the now defunct Whirling Brothers Circus (set up in Victoria Park in inner city Auckland) with Fagan resplendent in a velvet frock coat with lace cuffs, black choker and matching nail polish.
Director Rachel Davies got the idea for this music video when she was talking to Kirsten Morrell on Skype. As they spoke Morrell's screen face was distorted as the connection slipped. Davies thought it looked beautiful — "like a Picasso" — and replicated the effect for the clip. "I wanted to undercut the lightness of the song with a layer of sadness and confusion. For me, the song is about a girl being messed up over this boy, she doesn't know what to do, she's falling apart, going to pieces, so, in a really simple way, the images show her going to pieces."
'Saturday Night' is a glorious anthem from these Auckland punk pioneers, and a classic piece of NZ rock’n’roll. An improbable ode to the joys of having “one free night a week”, it was penned by Buster Stiggs and produced by ex-Split Enzer Phil Judd (on guitar). The video, made by TVNZ, was remarkably sympathetic and, apart from lurid lighting, avoided cheap effects in favour of capturing the band’s essence. Judd and Stiggs later formed The Swingers, while this performance won singer Zero a role in the Gary Glitter stage production of Rocky Horror Picture Show.
A grainy low-fi look belies the intricacies of this music video by Christchurch indie pop rockers Tiger Tones. The look of super-8 film and the bulk of the video being shot out the window of a moving car almost convince that it’s a simply recut homevideo. The subtly CG titles, slo-mo close ups of the band and lightning cuts matching the rapidly shrieking guitar suggest however, that something a bit more clever is at play. At the time of the song’s release Tiger Tunes had won Best Breakthrough Act at the 2007 bNet Awards, and were in the process of releasing their debut album.
Possibly channelling the final rooftop concert by The Beatles (a number of The Crocodiles were big Beatles fans), this up-on-the roof video was self-produced by The Crocodiles. It marked Fane Flaws first directing credit — made, with fine business sense, for a song that was never released as a single. The location was near Parliament, with the high shots coming from an unauthorised trip to the top of a nearby Government high-rise. Vocalist Jenny Morris and drummer Bruno Lawrence play ill-matched lovers — as they would do in the video for breakthrough Crocodiles hit 'Tears'.