Before you could call her Queen Bee and ‘Royals’ became a Grammy-winning smash hit, Ella Yelich-O’Connor was a singer in Extreme and competing in the covers category of the 2009 Intermediate Schools Battle of the Bands finals. The 12-year-old Belmont Intermediate student and her band belt out covers of ‘Man on the Silver Mountain’, by British rockers Rainbow, and ‘Edie (Ciao Baby)’, The Cult’s tribute to Andy Warhol heroine Edie Sedgwick. “The gods lay at your fee-e-eet …” Ella. Post-performance Ella bemoans a “sore voice”, but Extreme still manage to take third place.
It was a rock band. We were the 12-year-old version of extreme.– Lorde remembers her time in Extreme, in an interview on UK station Radio X, March 2017
This title's footage was produced for The Intermediate School Battle of the Bands (NZ) 2009, and has been made available to NZ On Screen to publish on this website
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