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The Straitjacket Fits are a New Zealand band notable for their melodic interplay of guitars and vocals combined with muscular, dynamic rock songs. They stood apart from the “jangle guitar pop” associated with the “Dunedin Sound” of most other bands on the Flying Nun record label which they were signed to. The band achieved critical success both nationally and internationally, released 2 EP’s and 3 albums and are well known for their singles “She Speeds”, “Dialling a Prayer”, “Sparkle that Shines”, “Hail, “Down in Splendour”, “Done”, “Cat Inna Can” and “If I Were You”.

This is the official music video for “Down in Splendour” from the album “Melt” by the Straitjacket Fits.

The video opens with gold trails against a body floating in blue water. Monochrome shots of the band are similarly overlaid with gold trails. Inter-cut with close-ups of clockwork mechanisms, apples being pierced by arrows and people floating in blue tinted water.

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Year 1990

Reference number F107687

Collection Film and Video Collection

Media type Moving Image

Place of Production NEW ZEALAND/AOTEAROA

Genre Music video

Duration 00:04:03

Production company Cherub Pictures

Credits Director of Photography: Ian Jones
Editor: John Hillcoat
Band: Straitjacket Fits
Director: Andrew Dominik
Musician: Shayne P Carter
Musician: Andrew Brough
Musician: John Collie
Musician: David Wood

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