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Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car by Billy Ocean
Album: Tear Down These WallsReleased: 1988Charted:
"Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car" is the top single from Ocean's 1988 album Tear Down These Walls, and also his third #1 hit single on the Billboard Hot 100. It was written by Billy Ocean and producer Robert John "Mutt" Lange, who is a legend in his own right for having produced AC/DC, Def Leppard, Foreigner, The Cars, Bryan Adams, and many others. His resume is practically the who's-who of '80s music, so this song sounds like the kind of hit you'd expect from him.
Notice that the song's structure, while sounding very much like 1988, still manages to break out of the decade and hold its own in later times. There's the stereotypical synthesizers, jerky beat, jazzy pop, and the video even mixes animation in with live action - but not too, too much of any one thing. Skillfully executed!
This song was part of the soundtrack to the 1988 film License to Drive, a Brat-Pack teen flick featuring the "two Coreys." NASCAR fans will also recognize this song as having been covered by Fenix TX for the video game NASCAR Thunder 2003. And one more media mention: it was featured in the debut for The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien, with O'Brien bebopping around town to the song.