Dr. Heckyll & Mr. Jive (4:41)

Cover of The Best Of Men At Work: Contraband

From The Best Of Men At Work: Contraband and 21 other releases

“Dr. Heckyll and Mr. Jive” is a single released in 1983 by the Australian group Men at Work. The song was written by Men at Work singer/guitarist Colin Hay, and the recording was produced by Hay with keyboardist Greg Ham. The song is taken from their 1983 album Cargo, was the band’s last hit single in the US Top 40, peaking at #28 on the Billboard Hot 100 in November 1983. The song is about a mad scientist named Dr. Heckyll who creates a potion that turns him into a handsome, talkative man. The name (and story) of the song is derived from the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the name being created by switching the first letters of each name and turning “Hyde” into “Jive”.


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  • Mr_Jive

    salute to this song!

    9 Oct 2013 Reply
  • crocy2

    ♫♪ ♫♪ *♫♪ ♫ good...

    14 Jun 2013 Reply
  • rphillips1971

    This was one of the first Men at Work songs that I saw the video to. My parents were very strict on what we listened to, but Mom did allow Men at Work.

    16 May 2013 Reply
  • KingFahtah

    The Uk used to largely shit on australian bands unless they where resident and serious like go-betweens, birthday party, the saints maybe....maw far bigger in...everywhere else

    25 Mar 2013 Reply
  • xtwntraphq

    Charts? Who gives a flyin burrito! One of the best bands that ever came out of Aussieland. Shame they couldn't stay together. But left behind some solid tunes.

    7 Nov 2011 Reply
  • CDPETE01

    did this come out the year after down under,remember buying this on a 45,good tune but dont think it did too well and possibly last appearence in uk charts.

    11 Apr 2010 Reply
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    29 Dec 2009 Reply
  • coyotebongwater

    I miss these songs

    29 Nov 2009 Reply
  • ScottEnglish

    Flabbergasted! How can this be? The band that produced the song that has become an iconic representation of the country from which I hail unto thee , also released THIS gem and I had NO IDEA. WOW.

    15 Aug 2009 Reply
  • Tittitaly

    Good song but not a masterpiece to me. They have done better.

    30 Mar 2009 Reply
  • gdhemmans

    He loves the world except for all the people.......................

    23 Dec 2008 Reply
  • starfloka

    A really cool tune from the 80:s. I like the backbeat and the rythm changes.

    28 Nov 2008 Reply
  • sporting_lice

    I'm regretting listening to Men without Hat's similar artists now.

    3 Aug 2008 Reply
  • dbrew2u

    Why can't anybody write and record fun songs like this now ? Hey..even i get in the mood for some good pop music now and again !

    16 Jul 2008 Reply
  • qamidic3

    i'm luving it

    5 May 2006 Reply

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