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The opening images of this video — the swinging guitar, fingers on the fretboard — make for a defining moment in Kiwi music video history. The clip was actually shot in Australia; by the time they recorded the song, The Swingers had relocated from Aotearoa to Melbourne. They would soon be history. Aussie cinematographer/ director Ray Argall ('World Where You Live') matches the beloved composition with colourful images, quirky humour, and an infectious dance finale. In 2001 music organisation APRA voted the chart topper fourth on their list of the top Kiwi songs to date. 

The crowd at the end were on a 'surprise' drunken evening, and one of the stops for their bus was a surprise visit to a video shoot. They had about 15 mins to dance their butts off, and then out they went ... t'was hilarious.
– Swingers lead singer Phil Judd, April 2009

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Ray Argall

Director, Cinematographer