She’s always been a rebel, and in her just released video, “Forbidden Nights,” Darlene Love is taking a drive and hanging out with the coolest gang in Asbury Park, NJ, including Bruce Springsteen, Patti Scialfa, Joan Jett, Bill Murray, Elvis Costello and Steven Van Zandt.
The song — written Costello — is included on the R&B legends forthcoming record, Introducing Darlene Love. The song has a classic ’60s melody with a sha-la-la chorus reminiscent of the pop classics Love is known for.
The album, produced Van Zandt, will be released on the E Street Band guitarist’s label, Wicked Cool, on Sept. 18, with distribution through Columbia.
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Springsteen’s participation in the video isn’t just a glorified cameo — he’s written two songs that appear on the album. Van Zandt contributed three tracks. As for Jett, Love covered the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s song “Little Liar” on the new record.
The video — filmed earlier this June — opens with Love singing the song as she cruises through Asbury in (what else?) a ’61 Cadillac with Scialfa in the back seat of the car. On the way, she picks up a hitchhiking Jett and keyboardist Paul Shaffer, who is ready to hit the waves with a surfboard. Darlene cruises past Murray because she has no room on the car (“It’s okay, I understand,” he quips). Springsteen and Van Zandt mock strangle each other as Scialfa and company film the whole adventure. The clip ends up with a jam on the beach in front of Asbury Park’s Convention Hall.
The good times aren’t ending with the video. Love and Van Zandt are scheduled to premiere the record live with a sold-out show in Asbury Park’s Paramount Theater Sept. 12.