Driving in My Car (3:16)

Cover of Divine Madness

From Divine Madness and 29 other releases

“Driving in My Car” is a one-off single by Madness. It was released on July 24, 1982, and spent eight weeks on the UK Singles Chart, peaking at number four. It reached number twenty on the Australian Singles Chart.

From the video and most of the lyrics, the track is about a Morris Minor that was used by the group in the early years before band became famous as seen in the film Take It or Leave It. The lyrics, however, do lend themselves to a little artistic license, e.g. the Morris was not built by the Tyne, it was built at Cowley, Oxfordshire.

The B-side to the single was “Animal Farm”, a mostly instrumental reworking of the song “Tomorrow’s Dream”. The 12” release of the single included the song “Riding on My Bike”, which is basically a rewording of the main track, sung by Lee Thompson.

“Driving in My Car” was the thirteenth in a run of twenty consecutive UK top twenty hits for Madness, and is the only one of those twenty never to have been officially released on a Madness album in the USA.
The song was adapted for one of the band’s adverts for Honda Japan, along with “In The City”. The advert is included in the video version of Divine Madness.

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The video shows Madness as car mechanics larking about in their workshop, and in their normal suits driving around in their “Maddiemobile”. The members of fellow ska/pop group Fun Boy Three make a brief appearance, trying (and failing) to hitch a ride to their home town of Coventry, which the A45 road mentioned in the song passes through.

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