Forget all about 1976’s seminal C'était un Rendez-vous Paris sojourn filmed at daybreak (and breakneck speed), as THIS 7 minute driving video is bigger and badder in every conceivable way. Big hair, big beard, big muscle car and big tune is what sets this journey into alternative automotive heaven apart from the aforementioned, as we voyeuristically witness charismatic Doors frontman, Jim Morrison pilot a yank tank through some American state while pretending to be some sort of emotionally detached-looking hitchhiker. While all the time acting cooler than fucking Antarctica. Only don’t ask me any important details (like for instance the type of car, the actual state, why the late showman is doing what he’s doing in the first place), as I haven’t a Scooby Doo. That said, a quick bit of research revealed that the car is in fact Morrison’s very own pride and joy, a Ford Mustang Shelby GT-500.
Cult car aside, the rest of the video sees the hirsute rock legend stopping off for some gasoline (and nonchalantly lighting up a cigarette while having the ‘Stang filled up in a modern day Health and Safety nightmare scenario) and then proceeding to experience some sort of unexplained emotional meltdown in the desert. Dramatized by Jimbo thrashing his ride around like a man possessed. Or someone whose numbers have just come up on the Lotto the one week he forget to put money on his normal line. Yeah, that level of mentalism. Morrison later composes himself just enough to acknowledge other road users as he edges ever nearer to his destination/the end of the vid.
It materialises that the video is an excerpt lifted from indie film, HWY: An American Pastoral; which it transpires Morrison himself both wrote and directed.