In contrast to "Keep Your Hands to Yourself," "Battleship Chains" is further up the rock spectrum, more Stones than Skynyrd. In fact, that is one of the impressive aspects of the band -- they produced self-consciously retro music that was also fresh, and encompassed musical influences as diverse as the Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Led Zeppelin. While their music was viewed as something of a curiosity in the 1980's, it has aged better than many of their contemporaries.
The black and white video starts with a scratchy record into and then intersperses shots of pawn shops and pools halls with the band. It is damn near pitch perfect, in our humble opinion. This is a band that should be listened to at a BBQ joint with some ribs and cold beer. Sadly, this cutting against the grain approach made it hard for the band to maintain a high level of commercial success, and they broke up in 1990, after two follow up LPs failed to gain traction (See the "Keep Your Hands to Yourself" post for more info on the band's history.)