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The Heater The Mutton Birds, Music Video – 1994

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This slow burning tale of a domestic appliance with a mind of its own marked The Mutton Birds’ only number one hit. The sinister, surreal and partly animated video — the band’s fourth with director Fane Flaws — hints at the short films of Don McGlashan’s earlier project The Front Lawn. A furtive, nerdy McGlashan takes the lead, with Elizabeth McRae (then known for her role on Shortland Street, as Marj) as his mother. The other Mutton Birds have cameo roles as a seedy second-hand dealer (David Long) and a Salvation Army brass section (Ross Burge and Alan Gregg).