Drive

  • Although it is a fine song, this slow, dreamy number - the title track of Runga's debut album - gives little indication of the enormous talent that lay behind it. That aside, "Drive" deservedly hit the #1 spot in her native New Zealand, becoming the biggest selling album of all time in those far off islands, going platinum (seven times) and bagging the album of the year award.
    The twenty-one year old Runga wrote the entire album, produced it, and played most of the instruments on it, although "Drive," which runs to 2 minutes 47 seconds, consists of only her vocal accompanied by acoustic guitar. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England
  • In a short webnote The Stories Behind The Songs on the record "Drive", the lady herself said '"Drive"...was written a few minutes before my first solo gig in Auckland - I didn't have enough songs to make up a 40 minute set. That's a good indication of the way I like to work, I work well under pressure and I think that the best songs write themselves. They don't feel laboured over. The demo version was released as a single, and for the album we tried to record it lots of different ways but they didn't work. It has to be simple.'

    She concluded '(The line) "Rain falls from the concrete coloured sky" used to be "rain falls like custard from the sky," but it doesn't!'

    Er, no, it doesn't.
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