"I Love L.A."
I wrote "I Love L.A." because Don Henley said to me,
"Everybody's writing L.A. songs, people not from here. You're from here.
Why don't you write one?" There is an aggressive ignorance to the song –
ignorant and proud of it. There's nothing wrong with the Beach Boys and
open-top cars. But the guy talks about the bum ["Look at that bum over
there, man/He's down on his knees"] and is still shouting "We love
it". My cousin, Tim Newman, did the video [a tour of L.A. beaches and hot
spots with Newman driving a Buick convertible]. He did the ones for ... what
the hell's the name of those blues guys with the long beards? [Long pause] ZZ Top! This was a cheerful
shoot. Those people [singing the chorus] are pretty happy.