(At The End Of Lonely Street)
The scratchy mono sound in the beginning… is deliberate!
After very nearly having the corporate beancounters proclaim this song “unpublishable” due to it’s incredible Monster Mashup, the big brains at I.R.S. Records do a 180 and pick this as Dread Zeppelin’s first major label single. And good pick it was, actually charting in the UK and even making a bit of a stir on the US market.
The vid was shot in an old theater in Albuquerque, New Mexico and on the mean streets of Temple City, CA (very near Graceland West, natch). Directed by Mitchell Linden, this would be the first of a trilogy from Dread Zeppelin’s first two albums.
This is essentially the story of the band that we told journalists back then: Tortelvis, driving a milk truck, runs into a Ford Pinto holding several reggae musicians. No, the Pinto didn’t blow up and, immediately, it comes clear to the portly potable deliveryman what his calling in life truly is… to sing Led Zeppelin songs, reggae style, they way they were supposed to be done (we think).
The black and white was supposed to conjure up Elvis’ early appearances on television back in the fifties. We were also hoping that it would have a bit of a “Wizard Of Oz” feel to it. The special effects when milkman-becomes-rock god were wonderfully cheesy – I especially liked the milk caps becoming gold rings. Bravo, Mitchell!
The Driftwood Dairy Truck was on loan from the dairy in El Monte where Tortelvis really worked at the time. The Ford Pinto was my sister’s old ride. It DID get rear ended once in Hollywood (no jokes!) and did NOT blow up. That’s why I am still here today.
- Heartbreaker On “Beavis & Butthead“
- Un Led ED (IRS 1990)
- Heartbreaker (At The End Of Lonely Street) (IRS 1990)
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