Debbie Harwood and Johnny Bongo (John Quigley, formerly of The Bongos) were members of early 80s Auckland band Big Sideways. Harwood then released two solo singles and won Most Promising Female Vocalist at the 1985 NZ Music Awards. The pair teamed up for what became a one-off studio project which yielded the single ‘Blue Water’. It won them Most Promising Group in 1987 (although they never actually performed live). Harwood went on to form the hugely successful When The Cat’s Away. Quigley is a member of Auckland acoustic jazz act Nairobi Trio.
Before forming When The Cat’s Away, Debbie Harwood collaborated with Johnny Bongo (John Quigley) on this one-off project which won them Most Promising Group at the 1987 NZ Music Awards. The music video was funded by Harwood with money earned from waitressing. Director Jed Town (of Fetus Productions) keeps his palette very aqua but resists the temptation to get more literal with the subject matter, instead opting for layers of abstract watery textures to frame Harwood’s vocals (although a brief glimpse of a gnashing shark hints at Town's more macabre side).