Dr. Heckyll and Mr. Jive

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"Dr. Heckyll and Mr. Jive"
Single by Men at Work
from the album Cargo
B-side "No Restrictions"
Released November 1983
Format 7"
Genre Pop, New Wave
Length 4:12 (single), 4:38 (album)
Label Epic
Writer(s) Colin Hay
Producer(s) Peter McIan
Men at Work singles chronology
"It's a Mistake"
(1983)
"Dr. Heckyll and Mr. Jive"
(1983)
"Everything I Need"
(1985)

"Dr. Heckyll and Mr. Jive" is a song by the Australian group Men at Work. The song was written by Men at Work singer/guitarist Colin Hay, and the recording was produced by Peter McIan. It was released in November 1983 as the third single from their album Cargo, after "Overkill" and "It's a Mistake". "Dr. Heckyll and Mr. Jive" was the band's last hit single in the US Top 40, peaking at #28 on the Billboard Hot 100 in November 1983, after entering the charts at #67 on September 17th, 1983. The song is about a mad scientist named Dr. Heckyll who creates a potion that turns him into a handsome, talkative man. The title is a parody of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. The story is also very similar to the premise of the film The Nutty Professor. The song was also performed live on Saturday Night Live on October 22, 1983

Track listing[edit]

7": Epic / A 6276 Japan[edit]

  1. "Dr. Heckyll & Mr. Jive" – 4:12
  2. "No Restrictions" – 4:29

7": Columbia / TA 6276 USA[edit]

  1. "Dr. Heckyll & Mr. Jive" – 4:12
  2. "I Like To (Live)" – 4:23


Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1982-1983) Position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[1] 6
Canada (RPM Magazine) 26
Ireland (IRMA) 25
New Zealand (RIANZ) 16
United Kingdom (The Official Charts Company) 31
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 28
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 12

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