Talk:Drive My Car

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Gitar solo[edit]

Isn't it played with a bottleneck? (Just sounded wrong that it was Paul who did it.)--Widnes (talk) 11:46, 25 May 2009 (UTC)


There seems to be a lack of covers listed in the article. I know there's more than one, and I recall one arrangement that, while not a cover as such (Paul participated in this project), was a mishmosh of several bands doing a music video of the song in promotion of an anti-drunk-driving campaign. Amongst the participants here were Phil Collins and "Weird Al" Yankovic.

Local Station[edit]

I think it was WNCN in Raleigh, NC that used this for their traffic reports. My memory is a bit rusty, so if someone wants to confirm that, thanks a lot. --Jnelson09 05:27, 14 April 2007 (UTC)

Come to think of it, it was WNCN. Anyone want to back me up on this? --Jnelson09 02:12, 16 May 2007 (UTC)

Alf Bicknell and Jeopardy![edit]

Does anyone have any information regarding one Mr. Alf Bicknell, who - according to Jeopardy - was the Beatles' chauffeur at the time and who was apparently the inspiration for this song? The episode in question aired 31 May 2005, and the answer was featured during Final Jeopardy! I'm the only yutz who didn't know the appropriate question, but I'm wondering if the claim is even true! NKK 05:54, 9 June 2007 (UTC)

Bill Harry's Beatle Encyclopedia says that Alf Bicknell was a chauffeur for the band, but the entry for Alf doesn't mention the song and the entry for the song does not mention Alf. I don't recall seeing anything about him in other published sources that discuss the song. Perhaps Mr. Bicknell's memoir Baby, You Can Drive My Car (1989) is the source. I haven't seen it. John Cardinal 10:01, 9 June 2007 (UTC)

This is the episode of Jeopardy! in question. It's worded in such a way that states that Mr. Bicknell was the inspiration, but the fact that no other Beatles song would be inspired by a chauffeur means... I don't know. Maybe. --Jnelson09 21:46, 13 June 2007 (UTC)

Jonas Cover[edit]

prove me that paul wanted them to do this, give me a reliable source, because the only reason they're there were

a:disney paid a furtune for that and

B: obamas girls love them —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:34, 10 August 2010 (UTC)

WP:NOTAFORUM.Other dictionaries are better (talk) 19:55, 27 May 2011 (UTC)


Consider the genre as Hard Rock as the high-pitched singing and the guitar / bass riff during the verses —Preceding unsigned comment added by Pilmccartney (talkcontribs) 18:07, 18 August 2010 (UTC)

This isn't hard rock. C.Syde65 (talk) 05:02, 25 March 2014 (UTC)

"a star of the screen"[edit]

What was the inspiration for "I wanna be famous, a star of the screen" lyric? The Beatles had done 2 movies up to this point: A Hard Day's Night in 1964, and Help! earlier in 1965. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:36, 7 February 2012 (UTC)

I don't know, but by then they had ALSO done the song "Act Naturally", which, although not in the Help! movie, is on the Help! album in England. That song was not a Beatles' original, but it has lyrics about being in the movies.

I really don't think this song qualifies as "folk rock"[edit]

Currently, under the genre for this song, it lists "folk rock, pop rock, hard rock". I don't think "Drive My Car" is folk rock, because there aren't really any folk qualities. I think the song is being shoehorned into the genre because most of "Rubber Soul" is rather folky, but "Drive My Car" is a major exception. If anything, it's blues rock. What do you think? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:59, 28 August 2012 (UTC)

I don't know but it certainly isn't hard rock. C.Syde (talk | contribs) 01:23, 18 May 2014 (UTC)

It's one of the 4 songs on the British Rubber Soul that are not on the U.S. Rubber Soul, and (like "If I Needed Someone", another of those 4) would not be released in the U.S. until Yesterday & Today album of June 1966. The U.S. Rubber Soul is seen as a sharp change in the Beatles' sound, but part of this is due to record-company repackaging.

what single?[edit]

In the info-box, I find:

Single release as the B-side to "Michelle"

When and where was that? I see the Parlophone label, suggesting that this was in England. "Drive My Car", unlike "Michelle", was not released in the U.S. until June 1966 (and it was part of "Yesterday & Today" album then).


There is no reference cited regarding who wrote what parts of the song — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:56, 3 July 2015 (UTC)