When Sloan released their video for the single ‘The Good In Everyone‘ back in 1996, a lot of us thought that the footage looked kind of familiar. Fans of ’70s-era road movies however, knew exactly what inspired the band’s video: Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper’s Easy Rider.
But the clip was more than just an homage to the film: it was a shot-for-shot remake of the scene where Wyatt and Billy (Fonda and Hopper) sell a pile of cocaine to a Rolls-Royce-riding Phil Spector (referred to simply as “Connection” in the movie) and the music mogul’s real-life, real intimidating bodyguard, Mac. In Sloan’s version though, it’s a Gibson SG they’re hawking instead of drugs. (Juno-winning Canadian rock quartets have to set a good example for the kids, after all.)
The video is less a parody (like James Franco and Seth Rogen’s shot-for-shot remake of Kanye’s ‘Bound 2’ video — hilarious on its own) than it is a tribute (like Michael Haneke’s shot-for-shot paean to himself and his twice-made film, Funny Games). Still, there’s a lot of humour to be found in Sloan’s video — especially when you watch this awesome split frame version that just popped up on YouTube:
We love the part where guitarist Jay Ferguson, in Spector’s role, appreciatively sniffs the instrument he’s about to buy instead of the drugs, and how decidedly un-bodygaurdlike Patrick Pentland is under those dark glasses. Props to Andrew Scott’s lip toupée, too. It’s practically a character on its own, putting Dennis Hopper’s scraggly crumb catcher to shame. And of course it’s the best when they all rock out at the end. What can we say? We’re suckers for ’90s nostalgia.
Oh, and if you know what happens to Wyatt and Billy at the end of Easy Rider, then you might be a bit worried about Scott and singer Chris Murphy. We’re happy to report that they’ve yet to go down in fiery blaze of glory. In fact, the band put out a new record this past September — you can take a listen here.