Super Friends bassist Matt Roberts talks about the now viral video of "Round and Round," featuring rival politicians Kevin Rudd, Tony Abbott, Nick Xenophon, Christine Milne, Bob Oakeshoot, Clive Palmer, Bob Katter and Barnaby Joyce.
The Leaders Debate covered by television networks in Australia last August 11 was not the typical debate as expected but a joint news conference. Australian Labor Party’s Kevin Rudd and the Coalition’s Tony Abbott did not go head-to-head with heated arguments and the kind of verbal battles witnessed by viewers in a usual debate.
To date, the "Round and Round" viral video already has 185,394 views.
In an interview with TONEDEAF, bassist Roberts said that he just simply asked these politicians to be featured in the music video. He did not have a hard time convincing them. However, the music video was shot and edited over the last two or three months, probably with these politicians not in their election vibes so far.
Mr Roberts works full time as a cameraman in ABC and this helped him a lot in shooting for the music video.
"I pretty much had to shoot it when all the pollies were in Canberra, so the last two or three sitting weeks here in Canberra so I had to run around like crazy and try and convince people to get on board... I sort of wandered the corridors of Parliament House before and after my shifts, and just asked the question really. Funnily enough, most of them hadn't heard that question before and they were more than happy to oblige," Roberts told TONEDEAF.
The idea hit the band while they were re-recording the single "Round and Round" in Melbourne in April.
"We thought, 'oh gee, it'd be great if we get some pollies in the film clip...We thought 'it's going to be impossible' and '[we] don't know how it's going to work', but yeah, we got Kevin Rudd first up, straight off the bat, and from there it just snow-balled."
"We wanted to make it across all parties, so we had to try and wrangle a few from the Coalition as well who were a bit more tricky to convince but we got a few in the end," he explains.
Mr Roberts admitted that not everyone they approached were willing to
"I tried to select my targets but I did have some noticeable knockbacks. Obviously the Honourable Peter Garrett would have been a fantastic addition ... but he was pretty abrupt that he didn't want to be a part of it which is fair enough because he's a big rock god and we're not."
"That was a bit disappointing ... we also had knockbacks from Joe Hockey, Julie Bishop, Christopher Pyne, Stephen Conroy, but in saying that - Tony Abbott was the last guy we shot so if they knew he was going to do it maybe they would have agreed to have done it as well," Mr Roberts explained.
He shared that it was the Independent candidates like Mr Xenophon and Mr Oakeshott who expressed extra willingness to do the music video. But it was Mr Katter who became Mr Roberts' favourite of them all.
"You should see the goof reel. Unfortunately that won't see the light of day, but yeah, Bob Katter is in a world of his own that's for sure," Mr Roberts said amusingly.
Unfortunately, there were also willing politicians that ended up being edited out from the video.
"Even worse, I had a few guys already shot and edited in and had to go over them because cut or the edit didn't work, it was a bit hard telling them they ended up on the cutting room floor in the end. That's the nature of the business I guess," Mr Roberts disappointingly said.
All in all, the music video was truly a clever idea as the output made these politicians easy on the eye. They were all game to reveal a little of their goofy side.
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