I'm currently reading Clarence Clemons' semi-autobiography from a few years ago (a review should be coming in the next few weeks), and I've had everything Clemons on the mind. As I tried to find a clip of Clarence guest-starring on My Wife and Kids (which is frequently referred to in the book), I stumbled across this 1985 video which was previously unknown to me. And, boy oh boy, is it a gem! I'm not really sure how to put into words how much I love this video, so I'll list a few highlights:
- It starts off innocently enough, with an infectious 80s beat and Clarence's saxophone solo. But then, out of nowhere, Clarence starts singing! It was shocking for this Springsteen die-hard to hear - Clarence's voice will still always be strange to me.
- The decor is classic "this is the first time I'm making a music video" that has come back to haunt many musicians. It looks like it was filmed in a hotel room in about 20 minutes. The background is filled with odd objects seemingly placed there at random: a Victrola, a soccer ball, random picture frames, etc.
- Daryl Hannah's there! She seems to be torn between painting Clarence and Jackson, or filming them with a camera that looks like it weighs about 80 pounds. Also, I'm not convinced she was actually in the room at the time they were shooting this.
- As for the other participants: Jackson Browne looks very unhappy to be there, the drummer looks ecstatic, and the keyboardist looks jealous of Daryl Hannah's hair