Mouth Full of Sass WKND SPIN: TAMI NEILSON – “Big Boss Mama” (single)
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by Walter Price
When feminism gets a rockabilly-soul anthem such as the recent single “Big Boss Mama” from Tami Neilson, the world will bop in unison. A track with oodles of sass and bluster spilling from the speakers, it’s impossible not swivel and bounce as the lyrics take the power of women to the next level.
The video, directed by Neilson’s brother Todd Neilson, is jam-packed with historic women of strength and lore. A wise and fun film that should be played for school kids in their history lessons. Speaking about the video, in a press release, Neilson explains, “He (Todd) wanted to create portraits of powerful women throughout history (Elizabeth I, Cleopatra), women who broke through the barriers society has placed on females (Annie Oakley, Amelia Earhart), courageous women who battled injustice (Rosa Parks, Joan of Arc) and told me to choose two women who I admired, that influenced me directly. Being a woman who is lucky enough to call two countries home, I chose to pay homage to Buffy Sainte Marie as my Canadian/First Nations influence and Jacinda Ardern (Prime Minister of New Zealand) as a woman I greatly admire for my New Zealand influence.”
If you’re looking for a good time and love a shimmyin’ and important message, “Big Boss Mama” is going to slide into your weekend spin playlist just fine.
Written by: Tami Neilson/ Kaylee Bell/ Jol Mulholland/ Seth Haapu
Produced by: Jol Mulholland & Tami Neilson
Published by: Native Tongue Music Publishing
Label: Neilson Records/ Outside Music
Special thanks to APRA AMCOS NZ SongHubs and Southbound Records
Produced by: Valiant Creative Agency
Directed by: Todd Neilson
Art Direction: Jules Koblun
1st AD: Greg McKay
Gaffer: William Longly
Assistant: Melody McKay
Hair & Make Up: Make Up by Julie
Set & Prop Design: Todd Neilson, Jules Koblun, Valeriia Timets, Matt Fletcher
Editor: Valiant Creative Agency
Grade and Online: Valiant Creative Agency
Actors: Elena Gilmore (Amelia Earhart), Becky Coulas (Queen Elizabeth), Valeriia Timets (Jacinda Ardern), Hanna Mikhael (Rosa Parks), Megan Marie Hamstra (Annie Oakley), Daniela Lazzaro (Cleopatra), Imogen Grace (Joan of Arce), Chezney Martin (Buffy Saint-Marie), Jay Neilson (Office Employee) Todd Neilson (Police Officer).
Special Thanks to: Aymen at Valiant Print, Jay Neilson (playback and wind), Dave Coulas (leaf throwing), Sheryl Stacey (leaf throwing), Rony Mikhael (wind), Cider the Horse, Malabar Costumes, Flower Creations, Jules & Melo (peasant arms) Betty Neilson.
Special thanks to NZ On Air Music & The Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent On Recordings (FACTOR)
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