Spats are better known as the band they soon became: The Crocodiles. Formed in mid 1977, originally as Les Hots, Spats performed everything from jazz to doo-wop, as well as sellout shows at the Gluepot with Limbs Dance Company. In 1979 legendary American producer Kim Fowley (The Runaways) was won over by the band during a visit to New Zealand — especially energetic track 'New Wave Goodbye'. He encouraged singer Fane Flaws and company to change their name, and concentrate on more original material. And so they did.
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.