The Don Henley - The Boys Of Summer video won several awards. He showed it to Tom Pettybut they felt it did not fit with the record they were working on, Southern Accents. At the suggestion of producer Jimmy IovineCampbell played it for Don Henleywho wrote the lyrics and recorded the vocal.
They rerecorded the song after Henley decided to change the key. The song is cemented by a repetitive guitar riff. The lyrics appear to be about the passing of youth and entering middle agewith the nostalgic theme of "summer love"  and reminiscence of a past relationship. It was also a hit in the United Kingdomreaching No.
A re-release of the single in also reached No. Shot in black-and-whiteit shows the main character of the song at three different stages of life as a young boy, a young adult and middle-agedin each case reminiscing about the past relationship. This is shown during the line "A little voice inside my head said don't look back, you can never look back" at which point, each of the three people look back in turn. The young boy in the video, played by seven-year-old Josh Paul resembles a young Don Henley [ citation needed ].
The girl in the music video is played by Audie England. Interspersed with these scenes are segments of Henley mouthing the words of the song while driving in a convertible. At its conclusion, the video breaks the fourth wallas with a wry expression Henley drives the car away from a rear projection screen. The video won the Video of the Year at the MTV Video Music Awards leading Henley to comment at the Awards the following year that he had won for "riding around in the back of a pickup".
It was released in November as the third and last single released from the album Heaven. The cover also reached number nine in Australia and the top 20 in Flemish Belgium, Ireland, and the Netherlands. The song became their second single when a radio station began to play it. The Ataris' version of the song replaced the " Deadhead sticker" reference with one more appropriate to the age group of their fans, namely a " Black Flag sticker", in honor of the punk rock band from the s.
The single peaked at No. It remains their most successful single. The music video was directed by Steven Murashige and was released in July From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Don Henley Mike Campbell. Pop punk alternative rock. Copyright Office. Retrieved July 20, Retrieved January 22, Retrieved June 19, Consequence of Sound.
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Kennedy was president and everybody thought it was Camelot, but look at what we did. We raised all that hell Don Henley - The Boys Of Summer the Sixties, and then what did we come up with in the Seventies? Nixon and Reagan. The country reverted right back into the hands it was in before. I don't think we changed a Stuck-N-The-Game - Breeze (43) - We Getz Down thing, frankly. That's what the last verse of 'The Boys of Summer' was about.
I think our intentions were good, but the way we went about it was ridiculous. We thought we could change things by protesting and making firebombs and growing our hair long and wearing funny clothes. But we didn't follow through. After all our marching and shouting and screaming didn't work, we withdrew and became yuppies and got into the 'Me' Decade. July 3, Archived from the original on February 19, As a solo artist, Henley offered bittersweet commentary on aging - on what happens when those carefree rebels grow up - in such songs as 'Boys of Summer' and 'The End Asteroid - Killing Joke - Killing Joke Live Europe MMXII Toulouse 16.04.2012 the Innocence.
Don Henley is the cynical man's cynical man. Cooke February 23, Rockwiz Songs. February 25, Retrieved February 21, November The Pitchfork The Chris Daughtry Fanlisting. September 8, Retrieved September 8, The Dallas Morning News. Associated Press. September 15, Retrieved October 30, Don Henley, whose video Boys of Summer won the top honor at the MTV Video Music Awards, says he did little more during the making of the piece than stand in the rear of a pickup truck that was driven around Los Angeles.
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