Video Works

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© 1986 Live At Greenbelt, Ltd.
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Tracks

  1. I Want To Be A Clone
  2. Meltdown (At Madame Tussaud's)
  3. On The Fritz
  4. Lifeboat

About The Video

From Steve Taylor's Musical Matinee, Christian Music Crossroads, October 1995:

After the first director bowed out, Taylor moved into the role, ignoring one of the primary rules of show business and working with a throng of kids on the clip for the song "Lifeboat."

"We had a full-on casting call," Taylor explains, "and a room full of kids in this casting office. I explained to them what was going to be happening with the video, and then I said, 'Let's go around and tell us your name,' and the first girl said, 'Do you want my name or my agent's name?'"

From The Three Faces Of Steve, The Lighthouse Electronic Magazine, April 1996:

The next [video I did] was actually in the early summer of 1985--"Lifeboat." I think that one turned out well. I didn't technically direct that one. I started off with one director, [then] it shifted to someone else. So I was pretty involved in the process and of course with the story and everything like that. When I see that video, I think it holds up pretty well. It's such a strange video--it doesn't really have anything to do with anything else, you know. Wearing a dress is probably one of those things that'll keep coming around and haunting me.

From Steve Taylor - Rock A.D., Deep Ellum Internet Radio Interview, Rock A.D., Deep Ellum Internet Radio, May 13th, 2014:

RM: Alright, so it has been about thirty years, and it was just occuring to me, I was watching some old videos, getting ready for this chat, and I was watching the old "Lifeboat" video, and it occurred to me that right now it would be about time for a thirty year class reunion for the "Lifeboat" kids.

ST: That's right! Oh my gosh, just thinking about that, crazy.

RM: So have you ever run into any of those kids, who are now middle-age adults, saying, "Hey Steve, I was in your video!"

ST: I think I have! I want to say we did it on the east coast, at a studio in New Jersey, and I think that's happened at least once or twice.

RM: I tell you what, I'd love to be a fly on that wall. "Hey Steve! Man, it's been a long time! Haven't seen you in thirty years! Last time I saw you, you were in a dress!"

ST: [laughter] Yeah, that's right. Well, the video, that's funny 'cause I was thinking--we recorded the audio, of course, and there was no dress involved, but then we did the video, so that was all on the west coast, and they were mostly-- [...] on the west coast, the kids were mostly like already acting-types, so a lot of them brought their managers with them, they wanted sushi for lunch. That was a very different experience.