I may be going to Hell in a bucket but at least I’m enjoying the ride
The members of the Grateful Dead didn’t do many music videos. I think Hell In A Bucket was their second video, following the surprise hit that they had with A Touch of Grey. From what I’ve read, it was the band’s record label that insisted that the band make some videos to help promote their 12th studio album, In the Dark. Some members of the band were concerned that agreeing to do music videos would mean that they were “selling out.”
The video for Hell In A Bucket feels like it could be a parody of the type of videos that were popular on MTV. With his Miami Vice-Style outfit and the way he mugs for the camera, Bob Weir almost seems like he could be Huey Lewis’s coked-out older brother. The video opens in a biker bar, populated with the type of rough characters who most bands would never dream of featuring in a video. While Jerry Garcia keeps his distance, Bob Weir sings a song of rock and roll decadence that seems to be saying, “This is what it’s all really about.”
No, I don’t know why there’s a duck at the bar. It’s just there. Jerry daughter’s Trixie is also in the video. She plays one of the dancing devils.