The Holidaymakers were a sweet soul band from Wellington that developed out of the Eelman Records scene which had included acts like The Tombolas, Hulamen and Rodents. They released their first single, ‘Sweet Lovers’, on Trevor Reekie’s Pagan label in 1988. It spent six weeks at number one, and they went on to clean up at the 1988 NZ Music Awards winning seven awards (including Single of the Year and Most Promising Group). After next single ‘Waiting in the Sunshine’ failed to emulate the success of ‘Sweet Lovers’, the group members went their separate ways.
The first single for short-lived Wellington band The Holidaymakers was a cover of a little-known song 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.