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The Tombolas were a funky, soul-infused band belonging to the Eelman Record label, a collective of Wellington-based musicians and artists who were active in the 1980s. Members Stephen Jessup and John McDougall later formed Holidaymakers, and topped the Kiwi charts in 1988 with a cover of Bill Withers' 'We Could Be Sweet Lovers'. 'Glad to Gladiate' is a playful latin funk number, and the video is equally relaxed; band members go off road on a jaunt along Wellington's rugged coastline, clambering up hills, unfurling a band banner on Makara beach and performing their own 'stunts' at sunset.

You better straighten out, get that straight, you're in a shocking state, your excuse is you've been drinking Speights...
– A famous beer gets a shout-out in lyrics from 'Glad to Gladiate'