Today’s installment features the video to his 1991 Billboard No. 2 hit “Here’s a Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares),” complete with timely notes to help you further appreciate the nuances of Travis’ irresistible manliness.
Let’s get started.
“Here’s a Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares)”
This is our first clear look at Travis, with his beautiful mane of hair bobbing in the breeze as he exits his bus. Notice Travis’s casual bus attire: Harley-Davidson wolf t-shirt, skintight jeans and a belt with triple conchos. Classy. You’ll also notice Travis has something in his left hand.
Yeah, it’s a quarter . . . because he can’t fit it in the pocket of his skintight jeans.
A slight continuity problem as Travis’ truck keys magically appear in hand. There’s no way he got those out of his pocket. Nonetheless, we move on.
We get a close-up of Travis’ love interest, who, for some reason, “wants to come back” to him.
SIDEBAR The actress playing the love interest, Leighanne Wallace, later married Brian Littrell of the Backstreet Boys.
Unmoved by his former lover’s plea, Travis flips her a quarter, because in 1991, that’s how much it cost to use a pay phone.
Nowadays, the song would be titled, “Here’s a Cell Phone (Call Someone Who Cares).”
Now we cut to a live performance shot of Travis singing “Here’s a Quarter.” Travis has decided to sport a puffy pirate shirt and black vest for this showcase, and man, does he pull it off in style.
We get our first glimpse of Travis’ girl having a “sordid affair.”
It’s hurts, Travis, it hurts.
She also cats around at 1:04, 1:28, 1:31, 1:37, 1:57 and 2:21.
Cut to Travis in a diner reading a newspaper. The headline: “Donald Gives Ivanna a QUARTER of a Billion.” The “Donald,” of course, is Donald Trump.
This eerie precursor to the present day is our first hint that Travis may, in fact, be Nostradamus.
Travis breaks the fourth wall by making eye contact with the camera. He’s allowed to do this because he’s a badass.
Cut to a yard sale with Travis donning a Hawaiian shirt, white pants and sunglasses. Being a cuckold never looked so comfortable.
We’re back to Travis’ live performance of the song, and now he’s flipping a quarter behind his back and catching it. Impressive on all accounts.
Back at the yard sale, Travis’s ex drives by in a convertible. It was ’91, so convertibles were super-cool. We’re lucky it wasn’t a three-wheeled ATV. Travis lowers his shades to show her exactly what’s she lost, seemingly saying, “This guy, right here.”
Still at the yard sale, a kid with an ice cream cone gives the trampy woman a quarter for a stuffed bunny. This pleases Travis, very much, as evidenced by what we imagine to be a very guttural laugh.
Through the magic of 1991 cinematography, a quarter—which, I forgot to mention, was flying mid-air throughout the video after Travis flipped it at the :26 mark—lands in the pay phone slot.
Travis gets in his truck and leaves. End scene. End awesomeness.