There were actually two videos released for George Harrison’s cover of Got My Mind Set On You. I shared the better-known version yesterday.
The other version features Alexis Denisof, trying to win the heart of a young woman at an arcade by winning her a toy ballerina. George and the band appear in a hand-cranked movie viewer.
Like the other version, this video was directed by filmmaker Gary Weis. Along with the videos for Got My Mind Set On You and several short films for Saturday Night Live, Gary Weis also directed the videos of Paul Simon’s You Can Call Me Al and Walk Like An Egyptian by the Bangles.
Got My Mind Set On You was the first single to be released off of George Harrison’s 1987 solo album, Cloud Nine. It went on to become the last of George Harrison’s three number one singles in the United States and the last number one single (to date) to be released by a former Beatle. By a nice twist of fate, it was number one the week that the Beatles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Got My Mind Set On You was actually a cover of I’ve Got My Mind Set On You, which was recorded in 1962 by James Ray. “Weird Al” Yankovic later parodied this song as (This Song’s) Just Six Words Long.
The video above features George Harrison’s performing the song in a study while the furniture dances along to the music. Just as that’s not actually George doing a backflip, the video wasn’t shot in George Harrison’s actual study. Admit it, though. If you ever heard someone say, “George Harrison was in his study,” you’d imagine the room looking just like the one in this video.
This video was directed by Gary Weis, who is probably best known for the short films that he directed for the first five seasons of Saturday Night Live, including the famous short where an elderly John Belushi visits the graves of all the other Not Ready For Prime Time Players and marvels at the fact that he outlived them all.