Dr. Heckyll and Mr. Jive

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This article is about the Men at Work song. For the England Dan & John Ford Coley album, see Dr. Heckle & Mr. Jive.
"Dr. Heckyll and Mr. Jive"
Single by Men at Work
from the album Cargo
B-side "No Restrictions" (International)
"I Like To (Live)" (US)
Released October 1982
Format 7"/12" Vinyl
Genre Pop rock, new wave

4:12 (7" single),

4:38 (12" single/album)
Label Epic
Writer(s) Colin Hay
Producer(s) Peter McIan
Men at Work singles chronology
"Dr. Heckyll and Mr. Jive"

"Dr. Heckyll and Mr. Jive" is a song by the Australian musical 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 on October 1982, in Australia, as the lead single from their second album Cargo, which had been recorded during 1982 but remained unreleased until late April 1983. In Australia, it peaked at #6 and reached #16 in New Zealand. After "Overkill" and "It's a Mistake", the second and third singles released from Cargo, "Dr. Heckyll and Mr. Jive" was the band's last major top 40 hit in the US, entering the charts at #67 on 17 September 1983, almost a year after its initial Australian release and peaking at #28 on the Billboard Hot 100 in November. The song is about a mad scientist named Dr. Heckyll (played by Greg Ham in the song's video clip) who creates a potion that turns him into a smooth, handsome and 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": CBS / BA 222986 Australia 1982[edit]

  1. "Dr. Heckyll & Mr. Jive" – 4:12
  2. "Shintaro" – 2:51

7": Epic / A 6276 Japan 1983[edit]

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

7": Columbia / TA 6276 USA 1983[edit]

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

12" Maxi-Single: Epic / TA 3668 UK 1983[edit]

  1. "Dr. Heckyll & Mr. Jive" – 4:36
  2. "No Restrictions" – 4:29
  3. "Down Under (Live Version)" – 4:30
  4. "Be Good Johnny (Live Version)" – 4:32

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