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The Bats are a New Zealand band who formed in 1982 and feature Robert Scott (guitar, vocals), Paul Kean (bass), Malcolm Grant (drums) and Kaye Woodward (guitar, vocals). The Bats are one of the oldest and longest surviving groups associated with the Flying Nun record label and the “Dunedin Sound”, they are well known for their singles “North by North” and “Made Up in Blue”.

Music video for “Block of Wood” from the album “Daddy’s Highway” by The Bats.

Video opens with strobe lit shots of a ventriloquists dummy then tilts down a chain to reveal a spinning chainsaw suspended above Robert Scott as he sings. The band are seen performing the song in the windows of the ANZ Bank Chambers building in Christchurch. Later the ventriloquists dummy drinks while watching another dummy on television.

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Year 1987

Reference number F55671

Collection Film and Video Collection

Media type Moving Image

Place of Production NEW ZEALAND/AOTEAROA

Genre Music video

Production company Flying Nun RECORDS

Credits Band: The Bats
Musician: Robert Scott
Musician: Paul Kean
Musician: Kaye Woodward
Musician: Malcolm Grant
Director: John Ogilvie