The ironic celebration of “major cinephile” Michael Bolton’s music continues over at Funny or Die, where music-video producers Devin Schandel (Rob Riggle) and Hattie Carmichael (Lauryn Kahn) honor the 20th anniversary of “Said I Loved You… But I Lied,” with a Criterion-style behind-the-scenes look-back. You remember the video, dominated by wild horses, fire pits, bald eagles, and unforgiving chest hair. According to the producers, however, Bolton’s desert brilliance was a mirage, fueled by pajote and absinthe-fueled episodes that oftentimes put the crew in danger. “It was always a pretty bad scene when Michael had a gun,” admits Schandel, who recalls Bolton’s nighttime shooting spree that may or may not have cost the production 17 of its 22 interns, who remain missing today.
But there’s no denying the influence of the video, though. “This is 1991,” crows Schandel. “No one! — was doing denim on denim!” Or leather on leather, for that matter. Bolton himself gets the last word, but it should be noted, he does not deny any of the charges made against him. Take a look behind the scenes of one of the most inscrutable music videos of the 1990s.
Hopefully, this will become a recurring feature for Riggle and Kahn. Can I hope that they tackle Meat Loaf’s “I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)” next? What music video would you most like to see get the “Criterion” treatment? And are you enjoying this recent celebration of Bolton?