Something Good

Album: Beautiful Collision (2002)

Songfacts®:

  • The video of this Bic Runga composition is reviewed by academic Matthew Bannister in a fashion worthy of Pseud's Corner in the satirical Private Eye magazine.

    Writing in Many Voices: Music and National Identity in Aotearoa/New Zealand, he says it is "locally located (in Cuba Street Mall, Wellington), but the central conceit of the video is that Runga is a ghost—invisible and immaterial. Ordinary people and objects pass through her though there is a subtext that the emotional connections make things real. Runga, while being of New Zealand, is not of it—rather, she is a performer, a star, visible to all yet also removed and distant; insular, communicating emotion and intimacy through her medium rather than directly".
  • "Something Good" is totally different from the Utah Saints song of the same name released 10 years earlier, and the video matches the Kiwi golden girl's enchanting melody to a tee.
  • The song runs to 3 minutes 17 seconds, and in 2003, the video received the Best Solo Video award from the Auckland 24 hour music station Juice TV. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 3

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