In 1989, while I was on the road promoting my first album “Blind To Reason”. I got a call from the folks at RCA asking me to pick a director who I’d like to have direct the video for “Talk It Over, which was doing well on the charts. I picked an English guy named Nick Brandt, whose work seemed visually striking. So I flew over to London in the middle of one of the legs of my tour.
I arrived on the set on a cold Winter day in January of 1989. Nick had this idea all worked out and had already cast the parts – background singers, yellow cab (never knew where they found one in London!), and my love interest – an actress from Ireland. I don’t recall anyone’s name as it was such a hectic scene on the set. The thing is I had to film the performance twice, once standing in a hollowed-out large suitcases and once without the suitcases, so they could create the illusion, in the editing, that we were all packed up in suitcases. My thigh muscles were screaming as I did take after take in that suitcase!
It got to be pretty funny when the girl and I would get stuck trying to “pack ourselves back in” the suitcases, and we had to re-do a couple takes because we were laughing so hard.
But everyone did a great job – and it turned out to be a very popular video, shown alot on MTV and VH1. The video even enjoyed a three month run on the silver screen in selected movie theaters across the U.S. and overseas as well.
TO WATCH THE VIDEO OF “TALK IT OVER”, CLICK HERE.
© 2013 by Grayson Hugh