Instead of the familiar old dirt roads or backwoods country lanes that often appear in country videos, Average Joes artist Jeremy McComb found some inspiration on a different kind of street for the clip for his new song “Burned Out,” Sesame Street. The clip premiered on CenterStage Magazine and can been seen on Jeremy’s YouTube page today!
“This entertaining approach to a music video is exactly the kind of thing that we all need right now. The use of these muppet friends creates a very lighthearted and entertaining viewing experience for everyone and I admit, my inner child was smiling from ear to ear with sheer delight.” Missy Wolf | Co-Founder & Journalist | Center Stage Magazine
McComb was looking to lighten things up following the frustrating pandemic season of lockdown and all the many complications of daily life over the past two years, so after penning a song about just that with co-writer Rick Huckaby, he searched for an out-of-the-box idea that would match the song’s sentiment of throwing off your troubles. Discovering some puppets in basement of his record label’s office building, he decided that a Sesame Street vibe would be the perfect idea. With the help of director Julian Mendoza and acclaimed puppeteer Rickey Boyd, who has an amazing resume of credits that includes work on “Sesame Street,” “Lost In Space,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II,” and many others, the “Burned Out” video came to life.
The fun-filled Technicolor style clip was filmed using a green screen with Jeremy surrounded by several characters, including a full puppet band who accompany him as he croons about the simple joys of getting back out and enjoying normal life once again.
“We were kicking it back and forth on what to do for this and we love having fun with videos,” explains McComb about the idea for the creative clip. “People are really resonating with this song, especially with the last couple of years we’ve all been through, and we wanted to do something that was a little lighthearted. I wanted something that felt fun again, and spontaneous and goofy, and something we could all laugh at. Average Joes had these puppets downstairs that are Muppet kind of puppets, and I thought what if we do something like on Sesame Street and kind of get the whole view of the idea of this song through the lens of a puppet. I thought, let’s just have some fun and not take ourselves so seriously, because everyone has been taking themselves so seriously for the last few years.”
McComb had plenty of fun filming with his “rockin’ co-stars,” and the end result is sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face who may be needing a boost or a minute away from the burdens of the current day and age we’re living in. “Filming it was awesome! I could not keep myself from smiling the whole time we were shooting,” he recalls. “I had a smile you couldn’t wipe off my face with a crowbar the entire time, and the puppeteers were amazing — they would just become these characters they were playing. We were aiming for that Sesame Street happy vibe, and I hadn’t seen a country video with puppets in a long time, so why the hell not? McComb adds, laughing.
“Burned Out,” the first single from McComb’s forthcoming EP, The Way Back, is an emotional release of sorts for the hardworking artist who, like everyone, was challenged by being sidelined for so long.
“The song really came from us getting back out and playing again. I’ve been hearing it on the road about how burned out everybody is. So it’s about people wanting to get back out and get back to being ourselves, and having fun and taking care of each other, and spending time with people we love and dancing and hearing music. I think that shutdown really showed a lot of people how important being a social animal is…we’re not meant to be apart from each other.”
The Way Back EP featuring “Burned Out” is slated for release in July.
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