Friday, April 4, 2008

Sniff 'N' The Tears: Drivers Seat

Fellow blogger and newspaper colleague Thom G over at Surface Tension (link on the right rail) just posted a video of The Kings new wave Canadian classic “This Beat Goes On/Switchin’ To Glide”, and it got me thinking of British band Sniff 'N' The Tears and their song Drivers Seat, simply the best "one hit wonder" song of the 1970's. I personally think that this is one of the best songs of any decade, and it's a damn pity the album it came from is long out of print.

It was used to great effect in the film Boogie Nights (that P.T. Anderson knows how to pick the songs for his movies, doesn't he?), but the song and band are largely and unforgivably wasting away in the overflowing "where are they now" files.

The drummer is a metronomic maniac and the guitar never lets up it's mannered ferocity throughout the entire song. Steady bass playing and terrific keyboard/ synthesiser riffs by Alan Fealdman round out the sound.

This is, unfortunately, an abbreviated version of the song. But it's good enough.

Pay special attention to the guitarist in the video. I think it's Scott Baio!

4 comments:

Londinium said...

Major props to you Unc for remembering this one!!!

Uncle E said...

Thanks, Londinium.

ThomG said...

Man, memory lane, Uncle E. I loved this song when it came out. It's got some disco elements to it. We need to find us a copy for the iPod.

Uncle E said...

I've got a copy of the song (full version), but not the album, alas...