Notes on Mudhoney video shoot for
"Who You Drivin' Now"
and "Fuzz Gun '91"
By David Markey
Shot sometime in the fall of 1991 (I think). Mudhoney were playing a few So Cal area dates and either they or someone at Sub Pop contacted me about doing a low budget video for the song "Who You Drivin' Now". I Think it was a thousand and half dollars. I shot my "1991 TYPB" movie with, that was just overhauled and repaired after (literally) "breaking" on that tour.
I was to meet the band in Tiajuana, mexico for the first day of the shoot. I brought along a minimal crew, Dez (Black Flag) Cadena and my producer Tuesday Deneuve. They mostly hung out in the dressing room drinking beer, god bless them. I took the band outside and shot alot of goofy stuff. I liked the leap-frogging sequence best. I also asked them to do their favourite "HB Strut Slam Dance" moves (as seen in "The Decline Of The Western Civilzation"). I shot on stage during soundcheck and at the show that night, and it is featured prominantly in the vid, especially the pit.
The next night was LA at the Palace. I also shot at this show and it's featured in both videos. How the second one came about, I will relate in a moment. Before the show I took the band around Hollywood and shot them at the Bronson (Batman) Caves in the hills near the Hollywood sign. A location I knew from my "Lovedolls Superstar" shoot six years previously.
I had Dez drive my Dodge pickup truck (quite a feat considering it is probably the only time he has ever driven a vehicle in his life !) while I shot Mark and Matt pretending to be driving motorcycles. I like the scene at the end where Matt gives Mark a peck on the cheek.
That night at the show Dez joined the band on stage for a couple Black Flag covers ("Nervous Breakdown" and "Fix Me" I believe) joined by Duff McKegan of the superhugeatthetimebutInevermuchcaredfor Gun's N Roses. I remember Dez making fun of him. Quite strange that years later they would become friends and play in a
band together. Oh well, that's rock 'n' roll baby.
After I delivered the video to Sub Pop, one of the guys, I think it was Jonathan, called me and asked if I had any leftover footage for a second video. He offered another grand or so, and I was then busy at work editing "Fuzzgun'91", a video at the time I did not think much of. I think it's even more draft than "Who You Driving Now". I remember Kim from Sonic Youth said to me, it reminded her the opening of the Monkees. But somehow it's aged well. Or at least better than I remember it
- David Markey 2005-
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