Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car

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"Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car"
Single by Billy Ocean
from the album Tear Down These Walls
Released January 1988
Format
Recorded 1987
Genre Dance-pop[1]
Length 8:59 (extended version)
5:36 (original album version)
5:29 (instrumental version)
4:43 (single version)
Label Jive
Writer(s)
Producer(s) Robert John "Mutt" Lange
Billy Ocean singles chronology
"Love Is Forever"
(1986)
"Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car"
(1988)
"Calypso Crazy"
(1988)
Tear Down These Walls track listing
"Calypso Crazy"
(5)
"Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car"
(6)
"Soon As You're Ready"
(7)

"Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car" is a single by Trinidadian-born British singer Billy Ocean, based on a line the Sherman Brothers' song "You're Sixteen". Part of its popularity lay in its cutting-edge (for the time) video, which featured cartoon mixed with live-action sequences. The song went to number one on both the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and Hot Black Singles charts.[2] It also peaked at number three on the UK Singles Chart.[3]

The song was also featured in the soundtrack of the 1988 film License to Drive. The song was covered by Fenix TX for the soundtrack of NASCAR Thunder 2003. In 2013, Gwar covered the song in a video featured on The A.V. Club website as part of the site's A.V. Undercover series. Approximately three minutes into the performance, the band incorporates The Who's "Baba O'Riley" into the song. The song is mentioned in a 2014 commercial for Twix Bites.

The short but notable saxophone solo is by Vernon Jeffrey Smith.[4]

Music video[edit]

The music video consists of Billy Ocean driving, sometimes involving scenes with different cartoon characters. It was featured in the movie License to Drive.

Track listing[edit]

  • 12" Single (BOS T 1)
  1. "Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car (Extended Version)" - 8:59
  2. "Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car (7" Version)" - 4:43
  3. "Showdown" - 4:58
  • 7" Single (BOS 1)
  1. "Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car" - 4:10
  2. "Showdown" - 4:58
  • CD Maxi-Single (BOS CD1)
  1. "Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car (Extended Version)" - 8:59
  2. "When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going" - 4:02
  3. "Showdown" - 4:58

Official versions[edit]

  1. Album Version – 5:36
  2. Extended Version – 8:59
  3. Instrumental Version – 5:29
  4. Single Version – 4:43

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1988-89) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[5] 1
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[6] 8
Belgium (VRT Top 30 Flanders) 1
Canada (RPM) 1
France (SNEP)[7] 41
Germany (Official German Charts)[8] 3
Ireland (IRMA) 1
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[9] 1
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[10] 2
Norway (VG-lista)[11] 1
Spain (AFYVE)[12] 5
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[13] 4
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[14] 3
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 3
US Billboard Hot 100 1
US Billboard Hot Black Singles 1
US Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary 5
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 25

References[edit]

  1. ^ Coplan, Chris (1 October 2013). "GWAR covers Billy Ocean's "Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car", and it'll make you swoon". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 21 June 2015. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 436. 
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums. London: Guinness World Records Limited
  4. ^ "V. JEFFREY SMITH (TORS-Producer/Sound Engineer)... - The Outlet Radio Show". Theoutletradioshow.tumblr.com. 15 March 2015. Retrieved 30 November 2015. 
  5. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (Illustrated ed.). St. Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 221. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.  N.B. The Kent Report chart was licensed by ARIA between mid 1983 and 19 June 1988.
  6. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Billy Ocean – Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  7. ^ "Lescharts.com – Billy Ocean – Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car" (in French). Les classement single.
  8. ^ "Musicline.de – Billy Ocean Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  9. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Billy Ocean search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  10. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Billy Ocean – Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car". Top 40 Singles.
  11. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Billy Ocean – Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car". VG-lista.
  12. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  13. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Billy Ocean – Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car". Singles Top 100.
  14. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Billy Ocean – Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car". Swiss Singles Chart.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Man in the Mirror" by Michael Jackson
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
9 April 1988 – 16 April 1988
Succeeded by
"Where Do Broken Hearts Go" by Whitney Houston
Preceded by
"Ooo La La La" by Teena Marie
Billboard Hot Black Singles number-one single
16 April 1988
Succeeded by
"Da Butt" by E.U.
Preceded by
"Never Gonna Give You Up" by Rick Astley
Canadian RPM 100 number-one single
9 April 1988 – 30 April 1988
Succeeded by
"Wishing Well" by Terence Trent D'Arby