Rush Hour (song)

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"Rush Hour"
Rush Hour - single.jpg
Single by Jane Wiedlin
from the album Fur
B-side "End of Love"
Released May 1988
Format 7", 12", CD, cassette
Genre Pop rock, power pop, new wave
Length 4:03
Label EMI-Manhattan Records
Songwriter(s) Jane Wiedlin, Peter Rafelson
Producer(s) Stephen Hague
Jane Wiedlin singles chronology
"Blue Kiss"
"Rush Hour"
"Inside a Dream"

"Blue Kiss"
"Rush Hour"
"Inside a Dream"
Audio sample

"Rush Hour" is a pop song by Go Go's guitarist Jane Wiedlin, taken from her second album, Fur. It was backed by a fellow album track, the percussive, melancholy "End of Love". The 12-inch single featured an extended remix by Rusty Garner and an instrumental version.

"Rush Hour" was Wiedlin's most successful single, reaching number nine on the US Billboard Hot 100, number 12 on the UK Singles Chart, and number eight in Ireland. The song is upbeat and features a mainly programmed backing, with an electric guitar solo. Its central hook is "Ooh you send me".

The music video which accompanied the single eschewed the traffic metaphor of the song for a lighter concept; a simple "performance" clip interspersed with footage of Wiedlin swimming with dolphins. The song was featured in the 1988 comedy film License to Drive.


Chart (1988) Peak
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[1] 13
Canada Dance/Urban (RPM)[2] 11
Germany (Official German Charts)[3] 57
Ireland (IRMA)[4] 8
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[5] 31
South Africa (Springbok Radio)[6] 13
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[7] 12
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 9


The original was remixed by a team of producers including James Hockley and Ed Lucas, as well as two unnamed but "well known" music industry figures, under the moniker "SJB". This mix was featured on the Ministry of Sound 2007 Annual.[citation needed]

Cover versions[edit]

  • Former Hong Kong singer Yvonne Lau Man-Kuen (Chinese: 劉文娟) released a Cantonese cover version in 1991 as "The Urban Snapshot" (Chinese: 都市定鏡). It was included in her first album "The Myth" (Chinese: 神話).
  • Norwegian power pop band The Yum Yums covered the song on their 1997 album Sweet As Candy.
  • Band from Northern Ireland Joyrider had a UK No. 22 hit with their version of the song in 1996. This version was heard in the closing seconds of the last episode in the second series of This Life, in 1997.
  • A remixed Eurodance version was recorded by DJ Magical for Dancemania SPEED 3, released in 1999.