May 21

A Hank Jr. Saga: “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight”

We have pre-played All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down) by Hank Williams, Jr. The song that became so closely special with Williams that he produced succeeding songs with the same tune. Today, we will plunge our ears to All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight“.

A Hank Jr. Saga: “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight” 1

All My Rowdy Friends, Second Song

In October 1984, “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight“, the second single from Williams, Jr.’s Major Moves, was released. Williams, Jr performed a version of the song as the opening theme to Monday Night Football from 1989 to 2011. It was revised as “All My Rowdy Friends Are Here on Monday Night”.

The song is one of Williams, Jr.’s signature songs, becoming his twenty-sixth career Top 10 single on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. It reaped a number of significant music industry awards and nominations. Moreover, the music video became the primary winner for both the Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music Music Video of the Year award. In 1985, Williams’ performance got him a nomination for CMA Male Vocalist of the Year as well as Grammy nominations for Best Country Song and Best Country Vocal Performance, Male.

Spectacular Music Video

Revisiting the 1984 music video for Hank Williams Jr.’s “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight”, is the same as returning to a time in country music when characters reigned. We see Bocephus wearing shirts that seemingly did not have buttons. He seems to be hyper-energized in his “Hank”-inscribed suspenders and a big grin. With his cowboy hat, he dances with women in matching leotards, showing it up on a rickety yard-party stage. During a bizarre segment with Paul Williams, we see an awkwardly acting out Hank Williams, Jr. as the song opens.

I got ketchup on my blue jeans, I just burnt my hand
Lord, it’s hard to be a bachelor man
I got girls that can cook, I got girls that can clean
I got girls that can do anything in between.

This leads to the start of a party and star-studded: from Country, rock and even comedy, charge it to Casa de Bocephus. George Jones is spotted riding lawnmower. George Thorogood appears in a hot rod. Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong trip out of a smoke-filled limousine. Surprisingly, Porter Wagoner persuades a young girl with his pen. However, the cool appearances belong to the usual suspects: Kris Kristofferson makes eyes at a woman, while Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson engross in a game of poker with a parrot. When you look closely, you will see Nelson sporting a T-shirt that reads,

“Life’s a bitch, then you die — have a good day,”

but, thanks to Williams’ all-star bash, the party goes on forever.

At the end of the video, a ghost Cadillac soars into the night sky, referencing the fact that his father, Hank Williams, Sr., died while riding in a Cadillac.

Would you also want to have these rowdy friends come over to your house, tonight? Stay tuned for more country song stories by visiting our website on Country Thang Daily.


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