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Soul Asylum's "Runaway Train" Remake Celebrates 25th Anniversary With A Worthy Cause
Back in 1993, Soul Asylum's career changed forever with the surprise breakout hit "Runaway Train," released as the fourth single from their sixth studio album, 1992's Grave Dancers Union. But it was to be the song's moving music video, directed by GRAMMY winner Tony Kaye, that would change the lives of 21 missing children it helped recover with the images shown in the video, further proof of how music and art can make a difference in our world. In celebration of the song and video's 25th anniversary, "Runaway Train" has gotten a refresh from Jamie N Commons, Skylar Grey and Gallant.
The new take on "Runaway Train" can also be viewed at runawaytrain25.com, where the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) have utilized geo-targeting technology to show different footage depending on where it's being watched.
“This video is a game changer,” NCMEC President and CEO John Clark said in a statement. “It highlights critical issues runaways face and will show real pictures of missing children. By creating and sharing this video, everyone has the ability to make a difference in their communities.”
It's up to us to help bring home #MissingKids. Today, I'm proud to collab w/ / @MissingKids, @JamieNCommons & @sogallant for #RunawayTrain25 Now, get out there & do your part: https://t.co/fRTc9s1QQ7 pic.twitter.com/y0IgZgrCLO
— Skylar Grey (@SkylarGrey) May 22, 2019
Written by Soul Asylum frontman Dave Pirner, "Runaway Train" earned the band the GRAMMY for Best Rock Song as well as two additional nominations for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal and Best Music Video Short Form at the 36th GRAMMY Awards.
"It just was a direction that was very pleasing to me," Pirner told Billboard of the original version. "Because the rock videos were just getting more and more shallow, if you will. So I wanted to do something that had impact in the real world, and it did."
He also spoke about the new version and the potential it has to use today's technology to find missing children. "I’m pretty thankful that they thought of involving this song for their rebooting of the concept. It’s all with very real intentions and very sincere wanting to help.. those who used to be glued to MTV are now glued to their phones, and it’s a different generation. It probably is a more fluid way to get it out there [over social media]."
Pirner also revealed Soul Asylum are currently working on a new album.
For more information, visit runawaytrain25.com.