A typically witty and exuberant offering from Madness
, the lyrics of Driving In My Car
concerned the Morris Minor, a British economy car produced between 1948 and 1972 which became the country’s first million-seller. The video for the song was filmed on Monday 12 July 1982, a few days ahead of the single’s release, and depicted a white 1959 model of the car with a windscreen sunstrip customized with the vehicle name ‘Maddiemobile’ and a numberplate showing ‘MAD7’. Director Dave Robinson shot the film in and around Shepherds Bush in London, starting in a garage where the band were dressed as mechanics. Later, there was a cameo appearance from The Fun Boy Three
, who are seen trying to hitch a lift from the Nutty Boys to their home town at the point in the song where Suggs sings, “I drove along the A45” (the road passes through Coventry).
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