Formed at Otago University, with a name borrowed from a Roxy Music lyric, Netherworld Dancing Toys released their early records on Flying Nun — but their soul/Motown influences and brass section were an odd fit for the label famous for a different Dunedin sound. ‘For Today’, their career defining song, was released on Virgin in 1985. It featured guest vocalist Annie Crummer to devastating effect, was a top five hit and has become an enduring classic. The band was a five-time winner at the 1985 Music Awards and ‘For Today’ won that year’s APRA Silver Scroll.
Nick Sampson wrote Netherworld Dancing Toys' big hit 'For Today' during a summer spent working at a Taranaki freezing works. His love song has become a classic — aided in no small part by Annie Crummer's soaring vocal. The TVNZ video, directed by Radio With Pictures producer Brent Hansen, places the band in a studio (where Crummer sings with Kim Willoughby in a precursor to their time in When the Cat's Away) and on the Cook Strait ferry (where the shoot was nearly derailed when lunch in a Picton pub almost led to the band missing the return sailing).