Thanks to "Jack & Diane
" and "Hurts So Good
," Mellencamp was big star by the time this song was released, and much of his success was owed to MTV. He hated making videos, and "Authority Song" paired him with a director who had equal disdain for the form: Jay Dubin, who told Songfacts
, "It just has to look nice and exist for a few short minutes. There's no magic in it."
The video, in black and white, shows Mellencamp as a boxer stepping into the ring, but without gloves and without ever actually fighting.