7-69706 Drive
Produced by Robert John "Mutt" Lange & The Cars
Released on July 1984
US CHART POSITION #3 (charted August 4, 1984 for 19 weeks) . . . UK CHART POSITION #5/#4
Find it at GEMM
7-69706 wo. picture sleeve
[high resolution scan]
 

A sweeping ballad that launched Benjamin Orr’s short-lived solo career. Though this was a softer side of The Cars than audiences were used to, “Drive” remains one of their most readily identifiable songs. In 1986, Berlin replicated the feel of this track (or so it seemed to me) with the hit “Take My Breath Away.” (I suppose the two could have been combined into a medley called “Take My Keys Away.”) For the inside track on “Drive,” visit Songfacts. The B side is “Stranger Eyes” from the same album (Heartbeat City). It’s what we around these parts call “album filler.” Note: No doubt there were some whose eyes twitched when they saw the word “sweeping,” since overuse in critical quarters has rendered the word trite. Here, for your edification, is a recalibration from Webster’s; in the sense I intended, “sweeping” means “moving, passing, or progressing steadily or smoothly, especially with speed, force, or gracefulness.” I’m thinking gracefulness in this case, though it’s really a question of what moves you: swift or gentle currents of sound.

TRACK LISTING

  1. DRIVE    (Ric Ocasek)    3:55
  2. STRANGER EYES    (Ric Ocasek)    4:26

    12-inch track listing
  3. DRIVE
  4. MY BEST FRIEND'S GIRL
  5. STRANGER EYES

CREDITS

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US July 1984 Elektra 7" 7-69706  
UK 1984 Elektra 7"/12 E9706/T picture sleeve
FRA/GER 1984 Elektra 7" 969 706-7  
GER 1984 Elektra 12 9669340D  
SAF 1984 Elektra 7" EKS727  

 

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