Northern Californian pop-rock group Train caught our attention recently with a video of their song “Drive-by.”
The band has undergone a couple of changes in band members since their start in 2000, but has stabilized with the same crew from 2008 to now. Currently consisting of lead vocalist Pat Monahan, lead guitarist Jimmy Stafford, pianist Jerry Becker, bass player Hector Maldonado and drummer Drew Shoals. Not only are these musicians talented in their respected field, they appear to be car enthusiasts, too.
The group’s sixth studio album, California 37, features the song “Drive By,” which reached number 10 on the Billboard hot 100 and was the top hit in the United Kingdom. We like the tune because it’s pretty catchy, but we were hooked on the band, and the song, when we saw the Drive By video.
The video opens with lead singer Monahan on the phone with a girl scolding him and then hanging up. Doing what any guy would do after a bitch session like that, Monahan goes to the garage and jumps in his blue 1967 drop top Pontiac Firebird and cruises.
Heading down the road he is joined in his bandmates Stafford, driving a Classic yellow Camaro RS, and Underwood, who is driving a classic red Mustang fastback. Then the video goes off track a little bit with some flashback scenes to a winery and some chick stepping on grapes. The video gets roped back in however, when the chick and Monahan are driving down the road in the convertible Firebird with the top down.
Fast forward to a car show with several gorgeous classics and a modern Mopar classic surrounding an obvious paid advertisement from Royal Purple Oil. Somehow, the group of classic cars decide to follow Monahan and his Firebird from San Francisco to Sonoma’s wine country in search of the one-night-stand chick that was stepping on grapes earlier in the video.
They find her, Monahan serenades her and they end up in the Firebird driving in the country, laughing and having a good time. Top down, of course.