Drive (The Cars song)

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"Drive"
Single by The Cars
from the album Heartbeat City
B-side "Stranger Eyes"
Released July 23, 1984 (1984-07-23)
Format 7", 12" vinyl
Recorded November 1983
Genre New wave, soft rock
Length 3:54
Label Elektra
Writer(s) Ric Ocasek
Producer(s) Robert John "Mutt" Lange
The Cars
Certification Gold (BPI)
The Cars singles chronology
"Magic"
(1984)
"Drive"
(1984)
"Hello Again"
(1984)
Music sample

"Drive" is a 1984 song by The Cars, the third single from the band's Heartbeat City album released in March 1984 and their biggest international hit. Written by Ric Ocasek, the track was sung by bassist Benjamin Orr[1] and produced by Robert John "Mutt" Lange with the band.[2] Upon its release, "Drive" became The Cars' highest charting single in the United States, peaking at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart; on the Adult Contemporary chart, the song went to number one.[3] It reached number four in West Germany, number six in Canada and number five in the UK.

The song is associated with the July 1985 Live Aid event, where it was used as the background music to a montage of clips depicting the contemporaneous Ethiopian famine.[4][5] Following the concert it was re-released in the UK and peaked at number four in August 1985. Proceeds from the sales of the re-released song raised nearly £160,000 for the Band Aid Trust: Ocasek presented the charity's trustee Midge Ure with a cheque for the amount while he was in London in November 1986 promoting his solo album This Side of Paradise.[6]

In a retrospective review of the single, AllMusic journalist Donald A. Guarisco praised the song for being "a gorgeous ballad that matches heartfelt songwriting to an alluring electronic soundscape. The music reflects the lyrical tone with a lovely melody that rises and falls in a soothing yet sad fashion."[7]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by actor Timothy Hutton and features model and actress Paulina Porizkova, who would later become Ric Ocasek's wife.[8] The video alternates between shots of Orr sitting in a disused nightclub, facing mannequins posed at the bar as customers and bartender, and scenes that depict the breakdown of a relationship between the characters played by Ocasek and Porizkova. Ultimately left alone, the woman cries and laughs hysterically for a time before visiting the nightclub. She looks sadly in through a dirty window at the stage, where tuxedo-clad mannequins of the band members are posed with their instruments as if playing a show, and turns to walk away as the video ends.

Track listing[edit]

7" single
  1. "Drive"
  2. "Stranger Eyes"[9]
12" single
  1. "Drive"
  2. "My Best Friend's Girl"
  3. "Stranger Eyes"[10]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Drive by The Cars Songfacts". Songfacts.com. 1984-05-12. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  2. ^ "Ric Ocasek Rocks CBGB | Music News". Rolling Stone. September 30, 2005. Retrieved October 7, 2013. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 49. 
  4. ^ "BBC ON THIS DAY | 13 | 1985: Was Live Aid the best rock concert ever?". BBC News. Retrieved October 7, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Geldolf Live Aid". Mojo4music.com. 
  6. ^ NME (London, England: IPC Media): 4. 15 November 1986. 
  7. ^ Guarisco, Donald A. "Drive - The Cars | Listen, Appearances, Song Review". AllMusic. Retrieved October 7, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Video Classics: "Drive" – The Cars". CBS. February 4, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Cars, The - Drive (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  10. ^ "Cars, The - Drive (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  11. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Cars – Drive". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved September 24, 2014.
  12. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Cars – Drive" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved September 24, 2014.
  13. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 41, No. 5". RPM. October 6, 1984. Retrieved September 24, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Lescharts.com – Cars – Drive" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved September 24, 2014.
  15. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved September 24, 2014.
  16. ^ "Chart Track: Week 43, 1984". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved September 24, 2014.
  17. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Cars search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved September 24, 2014.
  18. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Cars – Drive". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved September 24, 2014.
  19. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Cars – Drive". VG-lista. Retrieved September 24, 2014.
  20. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Cars – Drive". Singles Top 60. Retrieved September 24, 2014.
  21. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Cars – Drive". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved September 24, 2014.
  22. ^ "Archive Chart: 1985-08-31" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved September 24, 2014.
  23. ^ "The Cars Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for The Cars.
  24. ^ "The Cars Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Adult Contemporary for The Cars.
  25. ^ "The Cars Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs for The Cars.
  26. ^ "British single certifications – The Cars – Drive". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Drive in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Click Go
  27. ^ Kritik von Martin Mengele. "Drive von Scorpions – laut.de – Song". Laut.de. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  28. ^ "Various - 50 First Dates - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (CD) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  29. ^ "Jason Donovan's Drive cover of The Cars's Drive". WhoSampled. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  30. ^ Fulton, Rick (October 23, 2010). "Jason Donovan reveals how becoming a dad helped him kick cocaine habit". Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland: Trinity Mirror). Retrieved October 7, 2013. 
  31. ^ Cornell, Jeff (August 27, 2014). "Sixx: A.M. Reveal Their Cover of The Cars' Classic 'Drive'". Loudwire Network. Retrieved September 14, 2014. 

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