Driving In My Car

Album: Utter Madness (1982)
Charted: 4

Songfacts®:

  • Madness pay tribute on this symphony of horns and spanners to a Morris Minor car that was used by the group in the early years before they became famous. Both 7-inch and 12-inch versions were released, the latter having the bonus of a third track, "Riding On My Bike," which was inspired by the band's fondness for cycling.
  • The video features the band as car mechanics and also driving around in their "white 1959 model Morris Minor." Frontman Suggs recalled to Uncut magazine January 2013: "Madness videos were seven extroverts all mucking about trying to outdo each other, to the point where, in that particular video, Lee (Thompson, sax) turned up as an exploding traffic warden. There was nowhere to go after that!"
  • The song featured in the 1983 film Party, Party.
  • Despite the rumors on the playground, this song is not a euphemism for sex. "No, it wasn't about sex," Madness keyboardist Mike Barson told Daniel Rachel (The Art of Noise: Conversations with Great Songwriters), "but at that time there weren't many people writing about simple things like driving in your car. You know: rolling your window down, the little joys of life, simple pleasures."

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