Hello Sailor perform the classic single from their debut album for TVNZ's cameras. The first incarnation of this Dave McArtney song was titled 'Sickness Benefit'. About “dole bludgers living in Ponsonby”, it was finally revealed on a 1996 greatest hits compilation. Reconstituted as 'Gutter Black', the song features what McArtney called the band’s trademark “whiteman’s attempt to play that ska rocksteady beat” — plus amped-up drums and handclaps, thanks to tinkering in the recording studio. 'Gutter Black' took on a new lease of life as the opening theme for TV's Outrageous Fortune.
It was the drum sound in Gutter Black that caused the ears of radio to prick up ... The loping feel, with no glue in the form of a steady eight-note pattern to glue all the ingredients together, was an almost pagan disregard for musical convention.– Dave McArtney in his 2014 book Gutter Black, page 105
Track and Best Of album available through iTunes.