“I’ll be honest with you, I love his music, I do, I’m a Michael Bolton fan. For my money, I don’t know if it gets any better than when he sings “When a Man Loves a Woman”.
— Bob (John C. McGinley) in Office Space (1999)
I guess we can put this one in the “It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time” file. In 1985, your aunt’s favorite adult contemporary singer, Michael Bolton, tried to change his image by recording a hard rock album. The end result was Everybody’s Crazy and a title track that attempted to mix easy listening with hard rock.
It also led to this video, which starts with Michael Bolton telling his manager that “normal” is only something that people are until you get to know them. “Everybody’s crazy,” and I guess Michael Bolton is including himself in that. It’s not that Bolton doesn’t have an adequate voice as that there’s nothing dangerous about him and hard rock has to be dangerous. In this video, Bolton comes across as such a goof that he makes Kip Winger look like James Hetfield.
Bolton did at least bring in some talent for the video. For instance, he got Bruce Kulick, who was then with KISS, to play guitar on the song and he brought in Wayne Isham to direct the video. Wayne Isham’s one of the busiest music video directors around. If your favorite singer or band was around in the 80s or 90s, chances are that Wayne Isham directed one of their videos.