It’s NZ Music Month and the Herald has partnered with NZ On Screen to bring you a music video of a classic New Zealand song every day of the month. Today’s flashback is one of our favourite local love songs.

Today's Music Month Flashback is Not Given Lightly by Chris Knox.

Knox directed his own face in the music video for his classic Kiwi love song.

The camera gradually pulls out from an extreme close up of the singer's face to a living room full of family and friends.

Jump-cutting on the beat, Knox, with trademark sim-ple-but-effective style, fuses lyrics, song and an impassioned performance.


Knox later said he now regrets using a solarising video effect in the later part of the clip.