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Bad Note for a Heart Straitjacket Fits, Music Video – 1990

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Set at Bethells beach and in a tunnel somewhere in Ellerslie, this award-winning video from Whale Rider director Niki Caro traces a sea nymph, a beating heart and an elderly gentleman's struggle with his hat. Clearly reluctant to move into the 90s, the eternally rock Shayne Carter looks splendid in dark eye shadow — a look he would later describe as "definitely a low point in rock". Bad Note for a Heart was judged best music video at the 1990 NZ Music Awards.

It was such a long time ago, but I think Shayne's makeup would have been applied by my friend Denise Kum.
– Niki Caro, May 2009

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Album and individual track available from iTunes