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Aug 17

GAC Time Machine: Tim McGraw’s “Indian Outlaw”

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Tim McGraw in his 1994 video, "Indian Outlaw."

Tim McGraw’s “Indian Outlaw” came in at No. 49 on GAC’s Top 50 Videos of the ’90s and with good reason. In the video, directed by Sherman Halsey, a long-haired Tim is center stage for most of it, performing the song - with some killer dance moves – while couples tear up the dance floor around him. In other scenes, he takes off on a motorcycle, a female friend along for the ride. The song was a Top 10 hit for Tim in 1994, but if producer James Stroud had had his way, the song would have never been recorded.

“I hated that song,” James told GAC. “I told Tim not to cut that song. I begged him not to cut it. He said, ‘Look it’s my career, I’ll cut it, let’s cut it.’ So I cut it. I thought it was the worst thing in the world. Of course we fought about it. He said I want it for the first single anyway. The bottom line was, we went and did this song. We worked on it as hard as we could.”

James ate his words when the song became a hit – in more ways than one. “We put the record out,” he said. “I told him it wasn’t going to be a hit. I was absolutely wrong. The thing blew up. And of course he has this big, huge hit called “Indian Outlaw” now. Then I realized, after all this, that I published it. So, I really like it now.”

Check out the video below – it’s truly one of the best representations of country music videos in the ’90s out there! GAC’s Top 50 Videos of the ‘90s, hosted by Neal McCoy, is airing in five parts, one each night this week. Check airtimes for this 5-part series HEREand don’t miss Part 3, which premieres TONIGHT on GAC at 8/7c!

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