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Journey's 'Separate Ways' Video: The Band Speaks About Filming The 'Cheeseball' Video

The Huffington Post  |  By Posted: 04/19/2012 3:36 pm Updated: 04/19/2012 5:47 pm

In 1983, to promote their hit single "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)," Journey shot their first scripted music video that wasn't just remastered concert footage (or in-studio footage). If the goal was to make a great music video, that did not happen. If the goal was to make one of the cheesiest music videos ever put to film -- a video so infamous that, almost 30 years later, we're still talking about it -- then, yes mission accomplished.

Journey guitarist Neal Schon and keyboardist Jonathan Cain are in New York, along with new frontman Arnel Pineda, to promote the Tribeca Film Festival documentary "Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey" -- the story of how Pineda went from YouTube to the new lead singer of Journey. The full interview will publish next week, but this reporter couldn't resist asking Schon and Cain about their experience air guitaring through what might be one of the most ridiculous videos of all time (if you believe Beavis and Butthead, that is).

Thirty years later, people still watch the video for "Separate Ways."
Schon: I like the song, I don't know about the video.

Cain: It's campy, for sure. It's so bad, it's cool.

What was going through your head when you were filming that?
Schon: Well, it was the beginning of the video era. I think we made that video for, like, $5000. You know, nobody was spending big money on videos, for one.

Cain: Here's a funny story: When we were going through the actual storyboards, Steve Perry was there -- and he wasn't down with it. And his girlfriend, Sherrie, was not down with it. And there was this whole thing about, "You're going to have a slut in your video?"

Schon: And she had to be a not-a-good-looking one.

Cain: So Sherrie, from "Oh Sherrie," was like, "You're really going to have this girl in your video?" So Steve was getting pressure from her. And, in the end, I think [the band's manager] Herbie Herbert had to talk to Steve and go, "Come on, let's just do this. We're down here in New Orleans, we don't have any other ideas, let's just go do this." And his whole thing was, "We're not actors! We're performers!"

Schon: Actually, he was correct. The best footage that we have of us is from JFK stadium, live. We always had live footage and it looked natural.

Right, the "Don't Stop Belivein'" video is still great, which is live footage.
Cain: Steve had a lot of trepidation about that whole idea of making that video. And I had trepidation about playing the "air" stuff. Really? We're going to "air" perform? So I was like, "Oh, Jeeze, we're going to get killed. They're going to kill us." And Beavis and Butthead kicked us for two years.

Schon: I think their version is the best.

Cain: I remember calling Herbie, "Can't we do anything about this, Herbie? Look what they're doing!" And he said, "Look at Kip Winger." Poor Kip. Beavis and Butthead, now look where they are now.

They're back.
Cain: They're back, yeah. Anyway, it was a funny time. I think we did three for one: It was $10,000 and we got three videos out of it.

It would have been great if, while you were filming, someone would have told you, "this video is going to live forever."
Schon: Better that way than not ever seeing it at all.

Cain: It does look really campy, you know? Like we did it on purpose or something.

Schon: It's cheesy, definitely.

Cain: It was just cheeseball, from beginning to end. I can still see Steve Perry at the meeting going, "No!" and then Sherrie looking at him.

Then he said "I'll have to write her a song after this because she's so mad"?
Cain: And so he did [laughs].

Mike Ryan is senior entertainment writer for The Huffington Post. He has written for Wired Magazine, VanityFair.com and GQ.com. He likes Star Wars a lot. You can contact Mike Ryan directly on Twitter

Journey Hits:

  • Journey - Faithfully

    Music video by Journey performing Faithfully. YouTube view counts pre-VEVO: 4644759 (C) 1983 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

  • Journey - Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)

    Music video by Journey performing Separate Ways (Worlds Apart). YouTube view counts pre-VEVO: 1169357 (C) 1983 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

  • Journey - Open Arms

    In my opinion, this is one of the greatest love songs ever written. Steve Perry did a fabulous job with this song. It was great to see them in concert in the early 80s. This song is timeless. Visit my blog:thecalloflove.blogspot.com

  • Journey - Faithfully

    Journey - Faithfully Highway run Into the midnight sun Wheels go round and round Youre on my mind Restless hearts Sleep alone tonight Sendin all my love Along the wire They say that the road Aint no place to start a family Right down the line Its been you and me And lovin a music man Aint always what its supposed to be Oh girl you stand by me Im forever yours...faithfully Circus life Under the big top world We all need the clowns To make us smile Through space and time Always another show Wondering where I am Lost without you And being apart aint easy On this love affair Two strangers learn to fall in love again I get the joy Of rediscovering you Oh girl, you stand by me Im forever yours...faithfully Oh, oh, oh, oh Faithfully, Im still yours Im forever yours Ever yours...faithfully

  • Journey - Don't Stop Believin' (Live in Japan)

    Music video by Journey performing Don't Stop Believin'. YouTube view counts pre-VEVO: 4433005 (C) 1981 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

  • Journey - Any Way You Want It

    Music video by Journey performing Any Way You Want It. YouTube view counts pre-VEVO: 1546426 (C) 1980 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

  • Journey - Wheel In The Sky

    Journey - Wheel In The Sky - A fantastic rock song by Journey I do not own any of this soundtrack. This is copyright to Journey.

  • Journey - Girl Can't Help It

    Music video by Journey performing Girl Can't Help It. (C) 1986 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

  • Journey - Stone In Love

    Music video by Journey performing Stone In Love. (C) 2011 Sony Music Entertainment

  • Journey - When You Love A Woman

    Music video by Journey performing When You Love A Woman. YouTube view counts pre-VEVO: 261155. (C) 1996 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

  • Journey - Oh Sherry (Steve Perry)

    Steve Perry from Journey's music video for Oh Sherry

  • FAITHFULLY - JOURNEY ( ARNEL PINEDA )

    Highway run Into the midnight sun Wheels go round and round Youre on my mind Restless hearts Sleep alone tonight Sendin all my love Along the wire They say that the road Aint no place to start a family Right down the line Its been you and me And lovin a music man Aint always what its supposed to be Oh girl you stand by me Im forever yours...faithfully Circus life Under the big top world We all need the clowns To make us smile Through space and time Always another show Wondering where I am Lost without you And being apart aint easy On this love affair Two strangers learn to fall in love again I get the joy Of rediscovering you Oh girl, you stand by me Im forever yours...faithfully Oh, oh, oh, oh Faithfully, Im still yours Im forever yours Ever yours...faithfully

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