I was just in the midst of a YouTube k-hole, chasing the click-dragon, when I stumbled across some clips people have uploaded over the years of Jimmy the Cab Driver. The spots, which ran on MTV in the early 90s, featured comedian Donal Logue riffing on the popular videos of the day as a delightfully obtuse
New York Boston cabbie, like the Smashing Pumpkins’ “Today”, and the Breeders’ “Cannonball.” They’ve been floating around the internet for a while, but I don’t think I’ve seen them since they originally ran. To this day “they didn’t caaaare, they were having a good time,” is still, however, part of my regular lexicon.
Bullett talked to Logue, who has since gone on to a varied, and great career, about making them.
I watched your Jimmy The Cab Driver videos the other day. It was like entering a different era. Do you remember making those?
Totally. What happened was, my friend Jesse Peretz and Clay Carver who were both buddies of mine from college and my punk rock touring days (I was a roadie for them), they were like, You should do that stuff when you’re just messing around. What are you doing auditioning for things in Los Angeles? You should do your thing. We were in New York, so I got some glasses at a flea market and I just greased my hair across my head, and we just drove around. Then we cut them and some people from MTV saw them and that was that. Pre-YouTube, that was the only place you could do kind of weird sketches, performance bits. MTV would have been the only forum for them.
Here are a few of my favorites below. Eternal 90s.