Victoria (Dance Exponents song)

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"Victoria"
Single by The Dance Exponents
from the album Prayers Be Answered
Released 1982
Format 7
Genre Rock
Length 3:26
Songwriter(s) Jordan Luck
The Dance Exponents singles chronology
"Victoria"
(1982)
"Airway Spies"
(1982)
"Victoria"
(1982)
"Airway Spies"
(1982)

"Victoria" is a song by New Zealand rock band The Exponents from their 1982 album Prayers Be Answered and their debut single. Released in 1982 it reached Number 6 on the New Zealand singles chart.[1] The song was selected by a panel of New Zealand songwriters to have been the #8 top 100 New Zealand songs of all time.

Background[edit]

"Victoria" was inspired by Luck's landlady in Christchurch, with the name Victoria used as a pseudonym whilst her real name was Vicky.[2] She successfully ran an escort agency but lived with an abusive man: Luck questioned her relationship with the line "What do you see in him?".

Victoria was 23 and earned [sic] the whole apartment block. She was a hard worker. And yes, she read Alvin Toffler. But we'd wake up in the morning and she'd be bruised because her boyfriend was beating her up.

— Jordan Luck, New Zealand Herald[3]

The band moved to Auckland before the release of the song. After the single became a success, Luck visited 'Victoria' in Christchurch and was happy to find that she not only loved the song but had also split from her abusive boyfriend.[4]

Music video[edit]

The video was funded by the New Zealand Broadcasting Association but, unusually for the time, included a story rather than just a studio performance. Shot in the band's hometown of Christchurch, it features Jordan Luck as "Victoria's" taxi driver.[5]

Alternate Versions[edit]

The recording of "Victoria" on the Prayers Be Answered album differs from the original single. Another version was also included on the 1985 Amplifier album.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Victoria: Charts.org.nz". charts.org.nz. Charts.org.nz. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  2. ^ Anderson, Vicki (28 May 2016). "Whatever happened to Victoria?". The Press. Christchurch. p. C5. Retrieved 29 May 2016. 
  3. ^ "The National Anthems". NZ Herald. November 3, 2001. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "Through the Eyes of Love (documentary)". Documentary. NZ on Screen. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "Victoria: NZ On Screen". NZ On Screen. NZ on Screen. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 

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