It's the Christmas season and I was thinking about the old song Christmas Shopping. Like an idiot, I had put off all of my shopping until Christmas Eve. As the song testifies, it was a crazy day, pure insanity in the stores. This was long before internet shopping, probably around 1981. I always wanted to shoot the video. I really thought the song captured that day for me.
My parents divorced when I was a baby. I was 5 or 6 years old and my mother was working the graveyard shift at Allied Chemical. Me and my granddad would stay up Friday nights to watch the horror movies: Dracula, Frankenstein, Wolfman, Mummy, Creature from the Black Lagoon... The opening shot in the video is me and my granddad, "Pop", sitting on the couch where we watched those movies. At bedtime, in the room by myself in the dark, I'd see those monsters under the bed, in the closet, coming in the widow... That's what this songs about.