When you think of Soul Asylum, you mostly think of the '90s and Runaway Train, but for me, I grew up on Cartoon in the '80s with the band from Minneapolis.
By 1988, Soul Asylum had released their fourth album entitled Hang Time and the band was finally gaining some momentum on the national scene. The lead video for the album was Cartoon, but the song did not hit the charts. The song features the leaders of the band, Dave Pirner and Dan Murphy, on guitars and sharing vocals.
The video for Cartoon alternates performance footage from the band along with clips from three vintage cartoons. When you see a guy with a crown, that is footage from the 1949 Meet King Joe, which was a cartoon promoting the "American Way" or capitalism. The mischievous clip with the colorized woman suggestively licking the candy cane is from the 1931 black and white In My Merry Oldsmobile. The last cartoon is from the 1952 educational A is for Atom, which was designed to scare/educate children in the Post World War II Era. All are available to view on Youtube.
In took until 1993 for Soul Asylum to hit multi-platinum success when the single Runaway Train became a Top 5 smash and the video featuring missing children reunited 26 kids with their families. Soul Asylum is still officially together although Pirner is the only original member left. Bassist Karl Mueller died of throat cancer in 2005.