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"Cameo Lover"
Single by Kimbra
from the album Vows
Released29 March 2011 (2011-03-29)
FormatDigital download
GenreIndie pop, electropop, blue-eyed soul
LabelWarner Bros.
Writer(s)Kimbra, Dan Nigro
Producer(s)Kimbra, M-Phazes, Ryan Ritchie, Jimi Maroudas, Michael Tayler
Kimbra singles chronology

"Cameo Lover" is a song by New Zealand singer-songwriter and guitarist Kimbra from her debut studio album, Vows. The song was released in New Zealand and Australia as the album's second single on 29 March 2011. At the ARIA Music Awards of 2011 Kimbra won 'Best Female Artist' for the single, and it was nominated for 'Best Video'.[1][2] The song, written by Kimbra, was nominated for 'Song of the Year' at the 2012 APRA Music Awards.[3][4]

On 15 July 2011, the song won the 2011 Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition, with the third song, "Somebody That I Used to Know", by Gotye.[5] Earlier that year, Gotye had first noticed Kimbra when both were short-listed as finalists for the competition.[6] Gotye subsequently invited Kimbra to feature as the lead female vocalist on his recording of "Somebody That I Used to Know".[6]

The song was free on iTunes for the week of 22 May 2012.


  • 1 Track listing
    • 1.1 Official Remixes
  • 2 Music video
    • 2.1 Video production
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links

Track listing

  1. "Cameo Lover" - 4:05
  2. "Cameo Lover" (Mic Newman Remix) - 7:48
  3. "Settle Down" (Live @ Sing Sing) - 4:28
  4. "Settle Down" (Penguin Prison Remix) - 4:55

Official Remixes

  • "Cameo Lover" (Sam Sparro & Golden Touch Remix)[7]

Music video

Official music of "Cameo Lover" was posted on Kimbra's YouTube channel on 25 April 2011.[8] The video run time is 3 minutes 59 seconds. In the video, Kimbra is on a white set, wearing a pink dress, and facing five men in desks all wearing black tuxedos and black blindfolds. As the chorus comes in, young girls appear with Kimbra, all playing tambourines, and it shows that the tuxedos, blindfolds, and nails of the men begin to change into bright colours of the rainbow as the music continues. But the man in the middle, who is supposed to be Kimbra's "cameo lover," does not change colours until later on in the song, as the men next to him encourage him by lip syncing and hitting their desks to the beat. As the set goes dark, the two girls from Kimbra's Settle Down music video join her, dressed in blue, they lip sync with Kimbra and begin to play tambourines as all the other girls. In the end, confetti falls around the girls and Kimbra as the songs begins to end and they dance around happily. The men in the desks all change colours of their suits, and the man in the middle takes off his blindfold revealing his blue eyes to Kimbra.

In January 2012, music video blog Yes, We've Got a Video! ranked the video at number 3 in their top 30 videos of 2011. The video was described as "an absolute treat for the senses," adding that "for all achievements... nothing quite compared to the outright endorphin-releasing delights of the Cameo Lover video." Kimbra would also appear in the number one video in the countdown - Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know".[9]

Video production

  • Director: Guy Franklin
  • Producer: Elizabeth Sarsfield
  • Cinematographer: Edward Goldner
  • Colourist: Christine J. Dobson
  • Stylist: Sarah Banger
  • Production Designer: Sally Addinsall
  • Post-Production: John Gavin (The Pixel Kitchen)
  • Gauge: 35mm (2-Perf)
  • Studio: Mammal Films / 2011


  1. ^ "2011 ARIA Awards Winners by Year". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "The Countdown Begins....Nominations Announced". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). 11 October 2011. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Nominations > Song of the Year – 2012". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) | Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS). 2012. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "APRA nomination". Retrieved 2012-09-30. 
  5. ^ "2011 Vanda and Young Songwriting Competition – Winners Announcement". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) | Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS). 15 July 2011. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Nimmervoll, Ed. "Gotye". Howlspace – The Living History of Our Music (Ed Nimmervoll). White Room Electronic Publishing Pty Ltd. Archived from the original on 27 July 2012. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "Settle Down - EPon iTunes". apple inc. Retrieved 2014-01-03. 
  8. ^ "Kimbra - "Cameo Lover" Official Music Video". 2011-04-25. Retrieved 2012-09-30. 
  9. ^ "Top 30 Videos of 2011: The Top 10! « Yes, We've Got a Video!". 2012-01-30. Retrieved 2012-09-30. 

External links

  • Full lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics

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