Music Video of the Day: Driving In My Car by Madness (1982, directed by Dave Robinson)


You may think that this song is actually about something other than driving a car but, according to keyboardist Mike Barson, you’re wrong.  As he explained it in The Art of Noise: Conversations with Great Songwriters, “No, it wasn’t about sex … 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.”

The video is also a tribute to an actual white 1959 model Morris Minor that the band used to drive from gig to gig before hitting it big.  The video finds all the members of Madness playing mechanics and drivers.  As frontman Suggs once explained it, “Madness videos were seven extroverts all mucking about trying to outdo each other.”

(Suggs was born Graham McPherson.  He chose is his nickname while he was in school, by randomly sticking a pin in an encyclopedia of jazz musicians and hitting Peter Suggs.)

The video was directed by Dave Robinson, who also directed the video for Our House.

One response to “Music Video of the Day: Driving In My Car by Madness (1982, directed by Dave Robinson)

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