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Sniff 'n' the Tears


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Sniff ‘n’ the Tears is a band perhaps best known for their 1978 song Driver’s Seat. But despite this being a hit in many countries (including number eleven on the American Billboard chart), it only briefly entered the top forty in the UK. The bands appearance on Top of the Pops was followed by a problem with EMIs pressing plant which meant that no one in the UK could buy the single. Fickle Heart, the album containing Driver’s Seat, was followed by three more for the Chiswick label: The Game’s Up in 1980, Love/Action in 1981 and Ride Blue Divide in 1982. Singer and songwriter Paul Roberts went on to make two solo albums for Sonet Records, City Without Walls in 1985 and Kettle Drum Blues in 1987.

When an advertising campaign saw Driver’s Seat top the Dutch charts in 1992 Roberts took Sniff ‘n’ the Tears out on the road in the Netherlands and Germany, followed by a new album No Damage Done. Since then Roberts put out one more record, 2001s Underground, and is currently working on new material.

Driver’s Seat was featured on the soundtrack to the 1997 movie Boogie Nights.

The band has had plenty of musicians, but the original member is lead singer and songwriter Paul Roberts.


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  • Voloscire

    Driver's Seat, one of the best songs ever to be written. So good.

    30 Oct 2013 Reply
  • NeilDavF

    Why does this site now say No Video available, I have seen the video several times and now one cannot access the track to play the music despite clicking on it.

    1 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Blue_Rockhopper

    auf alle fälle nicht driver's seat !!

    12 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Blue_Rockhopper

    uschi nerke ???

    12 Oct 2012 Reply
  • foxyluva

    One of the most underrated bands in the world

    29 Jun 2011 Reply
  • pandofeel

    Boogie nights!!!!!!

    15 Mar 2011 Reply
  • George336

    'Driver's Seat' is one of the great lost singles.

    12 Nov 2010 Reply
  • ovejamarciana

    boogie nights!

    30 May 2010 Reply
  • Ryantalope

    Driver's Seat is genius. I used to think for some reason that it was a song be Squeeze but then I saw Boogie Nights and heard it on there and subsequently bought Boogie Nights 2. Damn fine tune.

    2 Apr 2010 Reply
  • rask82

    Driver´s seat!! One of my fauvorites songs.

    19 Jan 2010 Reply

    Gaensehaut.Klasse.Great G****

    25 Aug 2009 Reply
  • flexmens

    Was very popular in the Netherlands, still like them. Do not understand why they did not reach more fame, some albums are timeless good, at least "Fickle Heart".

    8 Aug 2009 Reply
  • blkmagik98

    Saw these guys open up for, believe it or not, Kansas back in '79....concert promoters set up some weird shows sometimes!

    13 Apr 2009 Reply
  • capt_pogossian

    I'd really like to work on a tobacco farm, sometime back in the 80s and listening to such songs

    2 Nov 2008 Reply
  • laxitive

    I was 19 year old working on a tobacco farm thinking about all the other things I'd rather be doing when I first heard this song. Great memories!

    18 Sep 2008 Reply
  • avant_gardener

    Driver's Seat is simply the greatest song ever.

    6 Jul 2008 Reply
  • Charger440

    Loved this song since it came out. Always a pleasure to listen to.

    11 Mar 2008 Reply

    A very cool lost Gem

    16 Jan 2008 Reply
  • radio-tractore

    the song reminds me of rolling stones - I can't get no satisfaction. but hey, it's a great song

    30 Sep 2007 Reply
  • Tr1xx

    Boogie Nights !!!

    25 Aug 2007 Reply

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