Andrew Brough was the McCartney to Shayne Carter's Lennon when Straitjacket Fits led the southern charge during Flying Nun's late 80s golden age (notably on single 'Down in Splendour'). After leaving the Fits, Brough rolled back into the spotlight in 1995 with Bike. 'Save My Life', from their debut EP, was a songwriting finalist at the 1996 Silver Scrolls, and Bike were nominated as most promising new band at the NZ Music Awards. Album Take In The Sun affirmed Brough's status as an eminent crafter of yearning, liquid guitar pop.
'Circus Kids' was the lead single from Bike’s sole long-play record Take In The Sun, and is a prime example of the layered, classically-inspired arrangements and pop songcraft that frontman Andrew Brough had touched on in his previous band Straitjacket Fits. In this elegantly gothic promo, an innocent young boy goes a-wandering and discovers the seedy underbelly of circus life - all rendered in lush black-and-white by director Jonathan King, and veteran cinematographer Neil Cervin.
"I had a vision of Shayne Carter in mirror shades playing a policeman. He agreed on the condition he wouldn't shave his mo. Of course it just added to the moment. Ian Hughes (playing the father) brought his new puppy, Olive, along because he had no-one to look after it, so we integrated it into the action. In fact much of the fun stuff he does was him just improvising on the day." Jonathan King - March 09