On The Alert

The Naturals – Sydney, Australia 1984

Hyper-produced pop dance track with a virtual drummer – Greta sings up a storm with a bitchin’ vocal delivery.

This clip cost the record company a small fortune and they were clearly ripped off. Pre-production meetings involved plans for helicopters, mountain-top panoramas, elaborate costumes and extensive CGI. In actual reality, production values involved using a wheelchair for dolly and the lighting rig was a portaflood gaffered to a broomstick at a local pub.

The champagne breakfast on the shoot day involved the film crew and friends, but strangely the band were asked to turn up after that. The first edit was completely out of sync with the music. The band attempted to correct the timing but funds were exhausted and nothing could be done to rescue this mess. Catchy Osborne song nonetheless.