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Old 07-20-04, 11:59 AM
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Soul Asylum's "Runaway Train" video - ten years on. What effect has it had?

One of my fave videos is Soul Asylum's "Runaway Train". The idea of using a hit song's video as a PSA was, and is, a great idea. When I saw it was on a german DVD collection of 90's videos, I decided to get the DVD.

When I got to the song, all the original pictures had changed - to names and pictures of missing GERMAN people.

Apparently, it had a different video wherever it played to make sure people took notice...

So, what was the effect of the video? It's actually been a little more than ten years since, but hey. Was anyone found? Did anyone turn up? Anyone know?

"If you've seen one of these kids, or you ARE one of them..."
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One final note: A few years ago, the rock group Soul Asylum created and aired a music video called "Runaway Train" in which the faces of about 18 missing children were shown. As a direct result of this video, all but one of these children were reunited with their families.
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One final note: A few years ago, the rock group Soul Asylum created and aired a music video called "Runaway Train" in which the faces of about 18 missing children were shown. As a direct result of this video, all but one of these children were reunited with their families.
Wow. That's really awesome.
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Indeed it is. I always liked that song as well.
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That's a cool tidbit. Amazing.
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Old 07-20-04, 01:48 PM
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i think rap videos use the same concept today.. "If you've seen one of these hocchie mommas, or you ARE one of them..."
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Does anyone think that rap videos have the same idea?
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Old 07-20-04, 02:12 PM
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Originally posted by nodeerforamonth
Does anyone think that rap videos have the same idea?
Watch a Kanye West video.

As for the 1 of 18 reunited, fantastic news indeed. I honestly thought that many of them would never be seen again.
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That was an awesome video at the time plus it was a good song.

What ever happened to Soul Asylum anyways?
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Old 07-20-04, 02:59 PM
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I saw one of their shows in Illinois a year or two ago. Dave Pirner looked totally wasted and fell over before they started the first song. A roadie (I think) rushed over to his mic as if he was going to take over on vocals for the show, but Dave got up, started singing and everything was fine. It was like he could shake off the effects of the alcohol by singing. He could barely string together two sentences between songs, but as soon as they started playing, he was back. It was bizarre.

Yeah, it was a good video. I had no idea it would actually work, but it's cool that it did.
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I saw them at a $5 neighborhood street festival 2 sumers ago. Really.
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Old 07-20-04, 05:06 PM
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Originally posted by nodeerforamonth
Does anyone think that rap videos have the same idea?
What a novel concept!
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Old 07-20-04, 05:10 PM
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What ever happened to Soul Asylum anyways?
I heard an interview with Dave Pirner about his solo album. He said they were working on a new Soul Asylum album. This was probably close to a year ago though.
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That's really very cool.
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That is awesome news. It is a true rarity when an artist comes up with something truly original anymore. Kudos to video. Can't say the same for Dave who from the post above makes me believe he still thinks he is a superstar and can't wrap his mind around the phrase "one hit wonder."
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They just played a gig in Mpls a couple months ago. Karl (the bassist) has throat cancer, so things are pretty slow for them right now.
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Old 07-21-04, 01:34 AM
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I always thought Seaweed's video for "Kid Candy" was much more effective*. They showed pictures of missing BMX bikes during it




*Though I don't believe any of the bikes were reunited with their owners due to the videos airplay.
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Just caught Pirner and Dan Murphy play at the Rock for Democracy at First Avenue in Minneapolis earlier this week. Soul Asylum is still around, but as nodeerforamonth said, things are kind of on hold with their next album while Karl fights cancer.

The thing about Soul Asylum is they never really went away. MTV just played the hell out of them until everybody got tired of them like they do with most every popular band or musician. They've put out great records and still do shows (mostly in the Twin Cities but sometimes elsewhere). Pirner's solo album was pretty good in my opinion. I listen to it all the time.

Oh, and the Rock for Democracy was awesome. Pirner and Murphy did Black Gold and few other songs and then Pirner joined Golden Smog on stage later on to sing "18" and "Shooting Star." Can't wait for the next Soul Asylum disc.
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I might have to check the used record shops. If you guys say their recent stuff is pretty good. It might be worth checking out.
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Originally posted by Michael Corvin
I might have to check the used record shops. If you guys say their recent stuff is pretty good. It might be worth checking out.
I'm not too crazy about any of their albums after "the Horse You Rode In On". Soul Asylum was one of my favorite bands up until that point. IMO Pirner needs to put down the accoustic guitar and plug back in the electric. Anyway you can find thier most recent albums on ebay very cheap.
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Old 07-21-04, 01:31 PM
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That video was great... that is awesome that it did actually make a difference to help find those kids.

On another note, I remember when Weird Al did it with missing music stars during segments of AL-TV, like Tiffany: Missing since 1989.
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Old 07-21-04, 04:50 PM
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The video was just on VH1 Classics. Never knew Tony Kaye directed it.
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Originally posted by William Fuld
The video was just on VH1 Classics. Never knew Tony Kaye directed it.
strange isn't it? this is before he became angry and bitter at...well, the world.

I would still love to see those surreal actor instructional video's he created with Brando...I've heard they were interesting to say the least.
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