I don’t believe the song was a hit, but it’s hard not to hear the song and NOT see the video of it – as the video narrates the story much better than the lyrics do.
Yes, this is the same Michael Nesmith of The Monkees fame – and no, “Sunset Sam” is not Hulk Hogan, but another professional wrestler of note who went under the ring name of Steve Strong. The video was part of a video-only “album” called Elephant Parts, which was one of the first such albums ever to be released in 1981. The following year, it was the third-highest selling laser disc, behind two films you may have heard of: Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, and Star Wars.
An enjoyable little ditty, I always thought.