Stellar* were a New Zealand radio favourite with their 1999 debut album Mix, and the band quickly became a top local act for Sony Music. Stellar*'s energetic pop-rock mix secured eight Tui Awards for Mix and its 2001 follow-up Magic Line. Stellar* was singer Boh Runga (sister of Bic), drummer Andrew Maclaren, guitarist Chris Van de Geer, and bassist Kurt Shanks. Runga is now living in Los Angeles, where she works as a songwriter. In 2007 she produced a successful native bird-inspired jewellery range, and released a 2009 solo album Right Here.
A sometimes pink-haired Boh Runga looks like one very stroppy rock chick in her performance for this punchy video, directed by Jonathan King. And just what is she doing approaching that man on an operating table with a big needle?
Boh Runga and Stellar* enjoyed a breakthrough year in 1999 with their synthesis of guitars and electronic beats realised on Mix, a chart topping debut produced by Tom Bailey (of Thompson Twins fame). Jonathan King's video for 'Part of Me', the album's second single, creates a repressive, futuristic world of glass, concrete and steel where the only plants seen are those grown in strictly controlled conditions. But in amongst the soulless conformity, surveillance cameras and sterile suits, it might be too soon to completely write off Mother Nature.