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New Wave Goodbye

Spats , Music Video – 1978

from the album Tears (1980)

This infectious clip marks one of the only Kiwi music videos to have been made independently of state television in the 1970s. Spats toured their eclectic brand of music from Blerta's old bus, then found fame after morphing into The Crocodiles. In this track vocalist Fane Flaws demonstrates a TV screen can make a valid performance tool, and regular Spats accomplices Limbs Dance Company add some moves of their own. The video was directed by Flaw's old Blerta colleague Geoff Murphy while Spats was on tour. 'New Wave Goodbye' ultimately ended up on Crocodiles album Tears.

We recorded the music, made the video, but it was never a single, because we didn't have a record company ... we always got something wrong.
– Fane Flaws, in his interview for 2019 TV series Funny As: The Story of New Zealand Comedy

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