The Mockers were at the peak of their mid-80s pop prowess when they released this single. It originated with Andrew Fagan’s Wellington based co-writer Gary Curtis hearing reports of the 1984 Queen Street riot in Auckland (after an outdoor concert which had featured The Mockers). The music video places the band amongst the lions, acrobats, rides and sideshows of the now defunct Whirling Brothers Circus (set up in Victoria Park in inner city Auckland). Fagan is resplendent in a velvet frock coat with lace cuffs, black choker and matching nail polish.
I remember it well. 35mm film shoot overnight making the video for One Black Friday, which RCA had us record in Sydney, back in 1985. The circus was set up at Victoria Park Auckland. They had a mad elephant tamer. He was hard as nails!– Vocalist Andrew Fagan on making the One Black Friday video, NZ Musician, April 2015