This cheerful bus ride through favorite places in Detroit features many friendly faces. Tour the city with Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. as they stop off at spots like Avalon, Supino’s, Curl Up and Dye, Green Garage, WDET, and The Old Miami.
On their web site, the band explains the intention behind the video:
“‘We Almost Lost Detroit’ began for us as an homage to one of the great artists of our time, Gil Scott Heron… While the song was originally penned as a reaction to a partial meltdown of a nuclear reactor halfway between Detroit, MI and Toledo, OH, so much of the imagery contained in Gil’s words seemed to ring true with the news of today.
“But the spirit of the song that always rang out to us was that it didn’t seem to be about simply pointing out what had gone wrong. The message seemingly was one of progress. About setting things right. Coming together as people and moving forward. As Gil would say many years later in concert, the song is about realizing that ‘somebody’s always got to be on the job… because there’s always a job out there to do.’
“…As Detroiters, we are born and bred with a civic pride that we are continually told is somewhat uncommon. We wanted the city, and the people in the city, to be the video for this simple reason. It is an exciting time to be from Detroit–as we believe it’s a city that is in the midst of reinventing itself in a huge way.” ~April 3, 2012
“We Almost Lost Detroit” is from Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.’s 2011 album, It’s A Corporate World.
The video was directed by Andrew Smart.
The band is Joshua Epstein and Daniel Zott
Label: Quite Scientific
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.