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Sweet Lovers

Holidaymakers , Music Video – 1988

from the single Single (1988)

The first single for short-lived Wellington band Holidaymakers was a cover of little-known song 'We Could Be Sweet Lovers', by American Bill Withers. It spent six weeks at number one and was the biggest-selling single in New Zealand in 1988. On a low budget director Fane Flaws created a beautifully lit video that captures the song’s infectious brightness and warmth. With a collection of lamps the only concession to props or special effects, nothing detracts from the compelling performances by vocalists Peter Marshall and Mara Finau. Sweet Lovers won Best Video at the 1988 NZ Music Awards.

It made people realise we can make really good pop music with great videos in New Zealand.
– Holidaymakers guitarist Stephen Jessup on Sweet Lovers, in The Wellingtonian, 25 November 2013