Beatnik is a classic Kiwi track by The Clean, filmed at the Victorian Coffee Gallery on the corner of Montreal Street and Oxford Terrace in Christchurch.
It was kind of a rite of passage in Christchurch to go to the Vic, get cheese and onion toasties, and special coffees. There was a dude who played chess in the window. You always saw him by candlelight – the Vic used to put the candles in the wine bottles. Liebestraum bottles perhaps.
Anyhow, great song, great video! See more NZ music history on NZ On Screen.