The video is a grand production directed by Jim Yukich, who also did the previous Nelson video, "(Can't Live Without Your) Love and Affection
" as well as popular clips for Michael Bolton, Genesis, Whitney Houston, Cheap Trick and many others.
The "After the Rain" video begins with a stark scene where an abusive father confronts his 18-year-old son, calling him a "worthless dreamer." When the boy puts on his Walkman, he falls asleep and the Nelson twins appear in apparition and take him through a wormhole to see a Native American shaman who produces a magic feather and leads him to a lair where Nelson is putting on a concert. When he wakes up, the feather is by his bedside.
The concept of teenager escaping overbearing father through magical rock singer was popularized by Twisted Sister in their video for "We're Not Gonna Take It
." Nelson pulling off the stunt is more of a stretch, since most of their audience was female, and this song is sung to a girl. And unlike the comic portrayal of the dad in Twisted Sister's videos, the father in "After the Rain" is an earnest abuser, taking the camp factor out of it. It's safe to call the clip an ambitious disaster - Spin
magazine even named it "Worst Music Video of the Decade."