As well as the great songs and harmonised duet vocals from band leaders Dianne Swann and Brett Adams, the latter can play that guitar in a manner disarmingly free of the slick factor too often associated with the über-skilled. Instead there’s a fresh exuberance and joy that almost suggests he woke up this morning and discovered this ability anew. His infectious energy and inspired playing has seen Adams accompany artists as varied as Tim Finn, Rodriguez, Don Walker (ex-Cold Chisel), Graham Brazier, Dave McArtney, and Jan Hellriegel, as well as playing in original bands all over the world.
The peacock incident mentioned near the end of this profile has been immortalised on the cover of The Bads’ debut album Earth From Space, and also in a tattoo on Brett’s person.
The shots of Dianne and Brett performing in the Carry The Weight video were filmed in Taupaki Hall, where Brett and John Pain played before an audience for the first time, at age 16.