The video for “Satisfied” was directed by the great Dominic Sena, who shot several other clips for me. My favorite part of this video is the appearance of boxer Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, who I had met a few years prior and become friendly with. My least favorite part of the video is that my hair looks like a helmet.
Saturday December 15, 2012 at 7:30pm (doors open at 7:00pm)
Ford Community & Performing Arts Center
15801 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, MI 48126 (313-943-2350)
All Ages. $31.50 Advance. $34.00 Day Of Show.
I wrote this song from my 1994 album, “Paid Vacation” about how I perceived (and still perceive) the way America treats its elderly. Which is, for the most part, pretty badly. I had been to many Asian countries where the elderly are respected and embraced for their wisdom and experience, and not simply tossed away into nursing homes. I also had an incredible relationship with my maternal grandparents, and couldn’t fathom treating them that way.
One day I got a call from the head of video at my label who said he’d been approached by Kiefer Sutherland about shooting a video for the song. Apparently, Kiefer had heard the song and totally loved what I was saying, and was also branching out into directing videos. I met with him a few days later and we shot the clip very soon thereafter. Kiefer was a total pro and I loved working with him.
The song was somewhat of a hit in Europe but in the US, at the last minute, my label switched to “Way She Loves Me” as the album’s second single, and this video never got American airtime. Glad to spotlight it for you now.
Nobody knows this but the original concept for the “Too Late To Say Goodbye” video was a mini-movie. From the moment I wrote the music (my pal, Fee Waybill wrote the great lyrics) I heard a Western theme. Maybe it was the twangy guitar solo I wrote when I wrote the song.
So when this one was chosen as the 4th single from “Repeat Offender,” I said, “Let’s make a Western movie.” Jim Yukich, the director who had done the “Right Here Waiting” video, along with countless other massively played vids on MTV, loved my concept (Based on the Steve McQueen film, “Nevada Smith”), which would have me as a young gunfighter being trained by an older man who was still as fast as could be.
I wanted the actor, Robert Conrad (who later starred as the sheriff in my “Hazard” video) to star in the clip with me. I wrote an opening dialog/action scene complete with bar fight, and Jim Yukich mapped out the rest of the story.
We were all really psyched about it. All of us except my record company. They wouldn’t fit the bill for our concept, and made the argument (not as lame as usual) that I was about to embark on a summer tour and the video should be me performing onstage to drive album and ticket sales. When my manager caved, I had to surrender, too.
Jim Yukichstill shot the clip, and I loved that we augmented the stage show footage with clips of people from my past videos (including G.W. Bailey, Ava Fabian and Tawny “Angelia” Fere) but I never really got over the missed experience of making that little cowboy movie. I think it would’ve been badass. And crazy fun.