Don Henley – Boys Of Summer (music video)
If for no other reason, this is a great song simply for this line:
“I saw a deadhead sticker on a Cadillac”
When Henley sings he “saw a deadhead sticker on a Cadillac”, this is likely what he’s talking about – the classic Steal Your Face logo:
In an interview with NME about the song and the Deadhead line, here’s what he had to say:
“I was driving down the San Diego freeway and got passed by a $21,000 Cadillac Seville, the status symbol of the Right-wing upper-middle-class American bourgeoisie – all the guys with the blue blazers with the crests and the grey pants – and there was this Grateful Dead ‘Deadhead’ bumper sticker on it!”
We saw and overheard some of those guys at the Fare Thee Well shows. It was a moment of undudeness in an otherwise stellar experience.
Truth be told, you might even say I’m one of those guys (minus the right wing bit). If I didn’t think it was a dead giveaway, I’d have a Steal Your Face decal on my Saab. But I’m as left wing as you can get! And, as a child of the 80s, I’ve got a soft spot in my musical memory banks for “Boys Of Summer” by Don Henley. And not just because of the Deadhead line. Great video, too – from the time when music videos were considered by some to be an art form of sorts. It’s in black and white, dude!