This problem was partly solved by Richard O'Brien – yes, that Richard, a lovely man and a good friend – who gave me a plastic Jesus for Christmas. Yep. A real dashboard-ready plastic Jesus, which has been bobbing up and down quite happily in my car ever since.
So now that Grant has recovered from the severe obstructions we put in the way of his “World's Most Jealous Girl” video, we thought we'd set him loose on another song. And, since it's been on the list for so long, this seemed the obvious choice.
To that end we've just been out in the car driving up and down country roads, figurine on the dash, singing “Plastic Jesus” while Grant filmed me and I tried not to accidentally maim any civilians. Now he's taken the little fella and will video him in various vehicles with the other members of the band. Then who knows?
That's the second shoot so far for the new vid. The first was round my dining room table last weekend with a very flash camera and a bunch of small plastic and cardboard figures (including, of course, Plastic JC). That was our first initiation into the joys of stop-motion photography. Two lessons: it's fantastic fun! And it takes bloody forever.
Anyway, we do try and keep busy so tonight Mike (Kirk) is in the Boatshed Studio putting electric guitar on a top secret Kokomo song to be unveiled in August. Grant and Sonia will be coming in on Saturday to add horns.
We're very excited about this but it's extremely hush-hush and I can't tell you any more except that while Grant is filming the “Plastic Jesus” video Colin (Lunt – band manager/photographer) is working on a video for the new one. It'll be his first video for the band – can't wait!
Have a good Matariki.