I can't f&*king stand The Eagles
You've heard me say statements like this quite frequently.
Well, this song, from 1985, the 2nd single from his Building the Perfect Beast album - the first being the dull "The Boys of Summer" - is about as far from the Eagles that Don Henley could have come. Unlike the washed-out folk-rock of the Eagles, this song has some serious soul. SERIOUS soul. The horns and killer keytar hook - yes, KEYTAR hook - drive this hard-pumping song forward. Henley's voice, with slight falsetto and terrific range, is well-suited for this energetic tune.
But this song is more than a soulful romp. Remove the phrase "and all she wants to do is dance" from the verses. You've got a song clearly inspired by the tales of the Reagan-era Sandinistas in Central America. Put those words back in. You've got a much different song.
The video itself is really busy and absolutely brilliant. It's almost reminiscent of the Cantina band from Star Wars, with a South American bunker feel.
As a bonus, here is a more drum-heavy version, performed by Henley in Atlantic City, February 2013. The keytar solo has been apparently replaced by guitar. Henley's voice has lost a little bit of range in the nearly 30 years since this song was released.
It still works.