Today's Music Month Flashback is

Counting the Beat

by The Swingers.

Its slight over-use in TV commercials has perhaps lessened some of Counting the Beat's origi-nal impact, but there's no denying it's a great pop song.

Written by one-time Split Enz star Phil Judd for his band the Swingers, the song was released in 1981, as was the memorable music video.


Clever cinematography, freestyle dance moves, and a quirky sense of humour place this clip ahead of its time.

The imagery for the opening bars - the pendulum guitar, fingers on the fretboard - is so simple, yet delivers some of the most iconic imagery in New Zealand music video history.

The director for the clip was Ray Argall.