Wednesday, August 16, 2006

The Boys of Summer

Arguably the most descriptive song to be written about the passing of youth and the loss of innocence, Don Henley's melancholic 1984 hit "The Boys of Summer" has a similarly evocative video clip, directed by auteur Jean-Baptiste Mondino.

Showing the protagonist at three different stages of his life, the bleak, yet compelling French new wave-influenced clip complements the song's palpable tone of resignation perfectly, and its black-and-white temperament adds the requisite pathos quotient to the mix. One of the best-matched song-and-video combinations possible.


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