The 3Ds. Outer Space

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The 3Ds were a New Zealand band associated with the later releases from the Flying Nun record label and many of the band members played in bands more closely linked with the “Dunedin Sound”. They had an “abrasive” rocky twin guitar sound meshed with pop sensibilities and off kilter, dark lyrics and were a critical success nationally and internationally. They released 3 albums and 3 EP’s featuring popular singles such as “Outer Space”, “Hey Seuss” and Beautiful Things”. They were also the support band of choice for bands such as Nirvana, Pavement, The Lemonheads, Guided by Voices, Superchunk and U2.

This is the official music video for “Outer Space” from the album “Hellzapoppin’” by the 3Ds. It begins with a long shot of the band walking up a hillside inter-cut with a fire seen through a stencil of the bands name, a golden flying saucer sitting on a hilltop and a purple moon with a face ala’ “Le Voyage Dans le Lun”. The band are then seen performing outside the Iona Church in Port Chalmers and on an Otago hillside with improvised instruments overlaid with footage of a [Masonic / Rosacrucian] temple and a firebreather. The video closes with the band aboard the golden flying saucer waving farewell.

‘Outer Space’ won the Best Music Video at the 1993 NZ Music Awards and is used in the NZ feature film, Scarfies.

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Year 1992

Reference number F32489

Collection Film and Video Collection

Media type Moving Image

Place of Production NEW ZEALAND/AOTEAROA

Genre Music video

Duration 0:03:17

Production company Flying Nun Records

Credits Director: Mairi Gunn
Band: The 3Ds
Musician: David Mitchell
Musician: Denise Roughan
Musician: David Saunders
Musician: Dominic Stones

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