Here’s your 90’s Video of the Day: Soul Asylum - Black Gold

Because we love ‘em all. Here’s your 90’s Video of the Day

Soul Asylum - Black Gold.

I don’t have the emotional bandwidth to do “Runaway Train,” right now so thankfully Soul Asylum have many killer songs to choose from and I’m picking “Black Gold."

Dave Pirner, frontman of Soul Asylum, held onto the concept for the song from all the way back when he was second grade and had to do a book report on “Black Gold.” While he admits he fudged the book report as a young man, the Gulf War reinvigorated the concept and he felt like the time was right to use the title. The reference to two kids on the playground represent The United States and Iraq. As Dave said back in 2013, “Here’s a song I wrote twenty years ago that was begging people to grow up, and I guess it doesn't happen.” 

The video is pretty on the nose with the lyrics with some lines being acted out in the most literal way. (Hilariously someone on the band’s wikipedia page put that Zack Snyder from Justice League, and Suicide Squad directed the video but sorry friends, not true even though I kinda wish it was). It was directed by David Roth and it’s hard not to notice Cheers actor George Wendt pushing Dave around in a car.

The success of this song and video on MTV, helped the band get a bigger budget for their next video which ending up being the big break for the band, with yes, “Runaway Train,” which featured real life missing children.

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