Botab 2013 winner’s sexy masterpiece

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To mark tonight’s big Botab show, CAANZ’s partner Flying Fish is sharing with our readers the music video made for Barnes Catmur & Friends’ Friends Electronic for winning Botab last year.

The Friends recorded BM2N, a moody, beat-driven, wrily humorous interpretation of Dave Dobbyn’s Be Mine Tonight, set in the Las Vegas Strip Club in K Rd.

“This is the first time an agency has actually gotten their shit together, recorded the track with Liquid, then made a video with Fish’n’Clips – both very prestigious prizes to the winning band every year,” says Fish MD/exec producer James Moore.

Here’s some interesting points about the track and video:

  • So far it has picked up airplay on bFM and George FM, much to the surprise of the band and their fellow staff members
  • The video has had local channel airplay but judged “too risqué” for Air New Zealand
  • Has received rave reviews from well known rock critics such as Kate’s mum.
  • Catmur’s dog George Jnr thought it was all a nice change from a day out in the boat
  • No BC&F staff have given up their day jobs as yet
  • Dave Dobbyn is rumoured to consider it “not too shabby” also.

This year’s Botab also features a celebrity auction to raise funds for the event’s official charity, The NZ Music Foundation. Up for sale are a VIP package to Justin Timberlake, dinner at Euro (catered personally by owner Simon Gault) with five friends plus Dave Dobbyn & CAANZ chief Paul Head, and Neil Finn’s customised Maton guitar. There’s also a raffle of a Yamaha GL-1 Guitalele and other prizes.

Tickets and timeline

The bands

  • Pegasus and The Job Numbers – Colenso BBDO
  • The Gypsy Thieves – DDB
  • Foote Cone – FCB
  • Building 7 – Flying Fish
  • OG Villains – Ogilvy & Mather
  • The Chased – OMD
  • The Expendables 5 – Sugar & Partners, along with String Theory
  • Dooya – WhybinTBWA/DAN
  • MC is Alex Behan from Radio Hauraki.


Jacquie Brown
Murray Grindley
Otis Frizell

BOTAB is brought to you by Flying Fish & CAANZ, and is supported by Citroen DS, Apex Insurance, Radio Hauraki, Liquid Studios, Mandy Studios, Fuzed, Asahi, Prego & Much Moore Ice Cream.

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