Singled Out: The Goodnight Darlings' Red Hot
I was kind of awake, with the morning news on, shaking dreams from my head. The newscaster, discussing a baseball team said, "Their season is RED HOT" in a dramatic, over-the top, 1950s, Americana kind of way. I loved that.
With our first single "Red Hot" I felt like announcing our season with our new dream band THE Goodnight Darlings . "Few players know what they're worth. They wait around to get told. But we're not afraid to push dirt. We've shoved and shined to hit gold." We've created our self-produced, debut EP, "Doll Drums" with money from many day, and night, jobs- but there is a special power and ownership that can only belong to a hard working underdog.
With "Red Hot" I wanted to write an anthem that gives people permission to feel like a badass. And besides, I loved remembering those anarchy cheerleaders from the Nirvana "Smells Like Team Spirit" video. They popped into my head, and I'm pretty sure "Red Hot" would be a favorite cheer of their squad.
As for the video for "Red Hot", we had a blast making it- and a lot of good luck! While still brainstorming ideas for visuals, I happened to run into our director, Robert Adam Mayer (Jay-Z at the Barclay, The Village Voice) at Home Depot in Chelsea. We were both looking for Christmas trees. ( I love when all of a sudden, New York City feels like a small town.) On our way out, he said in passing, "Wouldn't it be cool if you guys got into a parade for this one? Like 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off'". Sure enough, within the week, we were in the Three Kings Day Parade, a magical celebration that takes place every year in Upper Manhattan. So we drove up in my Red Mustang and invited our friends, The Hungry March Band (NYC's legendary street brass march band) and it was a Red Hot Party.