Best Videos 2015: The Mountain Goats - "The Legend Of Chavo Guerrero"
Mon, 28 Dec 2015 07:54:41
The Mountain Goats Videos
The Mountain Goats possess an ability to be honest without coming off as cheesy, even when discussing the finer points of professional wrestling. Of course, "The Legend Of Chavo Guerrero" [from the excellent album Beat the Champ] is really about childhood heroes and coming to terms with one's past. For the video, director Scott Jacobson put together one of the zaniest pieces in recent memory. Featuring everything from a blood-spattered Rod Corddry to the actual Chavo Guerrero performing a backflip off the top rope, it is filled with grainy TV images and over-hyped wrestling stars. However, it deftly displays what the young viewer was looking for, "Before a black and white TV in the middle of the night, I'm lying on the floor, I'm bathed in blue light, With the telecast in Spanish, I can understand some, And I need justice in my life, here it comes."
There is a certain sentimentality found within the insanity. And when 66-year-old Chavo comes into the ring to save John Darnielle, you can't help but feel justice is being served. It's just the type of effort one has come to expect from The Mountain Goats - honest, heartfelt, and hitting almost a little too close to home. During the video, viewers are reminded of all the things we once held close to our hearts that seem silly now, but through "The Legend of Chavo Guerrero," we can look back on them with fondness, and remember, "it's real sweet to grow old."
Watch "The Legend of Chavo Guerrero" from The Mountain Goats:
—The ARTISTdirect Staff
Buy The Mountain Goats music on iTunes