Drive (The Cars song)
"Drive" is a 1984 song by The Cars, the third single from the band's Heartbeat City album released in March 1984 and their biggest international hit. Written by Ric Ocasek, the track was sung by bassist Benjamin Orr and produced by Robert John "Mutt" Lange with the band. Upon its release, "Drive" became The Cars' highest charting single in most territories. In the United States, it peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It reached No. 4 in West Germany, No. 6 in Canada and No. 3 in Ireland. The song is associated with the July 1985 Live Aid event, where it was performed by Benjamin Orr during the Philadelphia event. Following the concert it was re-released in the UK and peaked at No. 4 in August 1985. Proceeds from the sales of the re-released song raised nearly £160,000 for the Band Aid Trust: Ocasek presented the charity's trustee Midge Ure with a cheque for the amount while he was in London in November 1986 promoting his solo album This Side of Paradise. In a retrospective review of the single, AllMusic journalist Donald A. Guarisco praised the song for being "a gorgeous ballad that matches heartfelt songwriting to an alluring electronic soundscape.
The music reflects the lyrical tone with a lovely melody that rises and falls in a soothing yet sad fashion." The music video was directed by actor Timothy Hutton and features model and actress Paulina Porizkova, who would become Ric Ocasek's wife. The video alternates between shots of Orr sitting in a disused nightclub, facing mannequins posed at the bar as customers and bartender, scenes that depict the breakdown of a relationship between the characters played by Ocasek and Porizkova. Left alone, the woman cries and laughs hysterically for a time before visiting the nightclub, she looks sadly in through a dirty window at the stage, where tuxedo-clad mannequins of the band members are posed with their instruments as if playing a show, turns to walk away as the video ends. Hutton recalled that his directing the video came about because he was living next to Elliot Roberts, the manager of The Cars, they were listening to tracks from the then-unreleased album Heartbeat City and Hutton told Roberts he was impressed by the track "Drive."
At that time, everybody was making videos. It was the height of MTV, when you made a record, you were thinking about the video. I talked to Elliott about how much I liked that song "Drive," and I started describing all the different ways I thought they could go with it, as far as the video, and he said, "You know, everything you're saying sounds interesting. Do you mind if… Would you be up for me passing that concept along to Ric Ocasek?" I said, "Sure!" So he said, "Ric and I think you should direct the video. We love your idea, your take on it." So that's. And about a month I was in New York at the Astoria Studios over two days, filming the video. Hutton and Ric Ocasek became friends. 7" single"Drive" "Stranger Eyes"12" single"Drive" "My Best Friend's Girl" "Stranger Eyes" The song was covered in 1984 by British entertainer Des O'Connor on his album Des O'Connor Now. Australian band The Paradise Motel released a cover as a single in 1999; this was used in the 2001 Noah Taylor film. New Zealand band Strawpeople covered the song in 2000.
The song peaked at number 7 on the New Zealand charts. In 2001, the German rock band Scorpions covered the song on their live unplugged album Acoustica. A cover by Ziggy Marley of Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers was featured in the 2004 film 50 First Dates. In 2005, American band Deftones recorded an exclusive cover of the song for iTunes, featured in the trailer for The Stepfather. In 2006 "Drive" was included in Julio Iglesias' album Romantic Classics. In 2010, Australian actor/singer Jason Donovan recorded a cover version of "Drive" for his covers album Soundtrack of the 80s; the album went Top 20 in the UK in October 2010. The song was covered by US hard rock band Sixx:A. M. on their 2014 album Modern Vintage. My Morning Jacket covered the song live in January 2015. Britta Phillips covered the song on her album of covers Magic. Barrett Baber covered the song for A Room Full of Fighters. In 2018, Aimee Mann covered the song in Episode 4 of The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.
List of number-one adult contemporary singles of 1984 Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
A record producer or music producer oversees and manages the sound recording and production of a band or performer's music, which may range from recording one song to recording a lengthy concept album. A producer has varying roles during the recording process, they may gather musical ideas for the project, collaborate with the artists to select cover tunes or original songs by the artist/group, work with artists and help them to improve their songs, lyrics or arrangements. A producer may also: Select session musicians to play rhythm section accompaniment parts or solos Co-write Propose changes to the song arrangements Coach the singers and musicians in the studioThe producer supervises the entire process from preproduction, through to the sound recording and mixing stages, and, in some cases, all the way to the audio mastering stage; the producer may perform these roles themselves, or help select the engineer, provide suggestions to the engineer. The producer may pay session musicians and engineers and ensure that the entire project is completed within the record label's budget.
A record producer or music producer has a broad role in overseeing and managing the recording and production of a band or performer's music. A producer has many roles that may include, but are not limited to, gathering ideas for the project, composing the music for the project, selecting songs or session musicians, proposing changes to the song arrangements, coaching the artist and musicians in the studio, controlling the recording sessions, supervising the entire process through audio mixing and, in some cases, to the audio mastering stage. Producers often take on a wider entrepreneurial role, with responsibility for the budget, schedules and negotiations. Writer Chris Deville explains it, "Sometimes a producer functions like a creative consultant — someone who helps a band achieve a certain aesthetic, or who comes up with the perfect violin part to complement the vocal melody, or who insists that a chorus should be a bridge. Other times a producer will build a complete piece of music from the ground up and present the finished product to a vocalist, like Metro Boomin supplying Future with readymade beats or Jack Antonoff letting Taylor Swift add lyrics and melody to an otherwise-finished “Out Of The Woods.”The artist of an album may not be a record producer or music producer for his/her album.
While both contribute creatively, the official credit of "record producer" may depend on the record contract. Christina Aguilera, for example, did not receive record producer credits until many albums into her career. In the 2010s, the producer role is sometimes divided among up to three different individuals: executive producer, vocal producer and music producer. An executive producer oversees project finances, a vocal producers oversees the vocal production, a music producer oversees the creative process of recording and mixings; the music producer is often a competent arranger, musician or songwriter who can bring fresh ideas to a project. As well as making any songwriting and arrangement adjustments, the producer selects and/or collaborates with the mixing engineer, who takes the raw recorded tracks and edits and modifies them with hardware and software tools to create a stereo or surround sound "mix" of all the individual voices sounds and instruments, in turn given further adjustment by a mastering engineer for the various distribution media.
The producer oversees the recording engineer who concentrates on the technical aspects of recording. Noted producer Phil Ek described his role as "the person who creatively guides or directs the process of making a record", like a director would a movie. Indeed, in Bollywood music, the designation is music director; the music producer's job is to create and mold a piece of music. The scope of responsibility may be one or two songs or an artist's entire album – in which case the producer will develop an overall vision for the album and how the various songs may interrelate. At the beginning of record industry, the producer role was technically limited to record, in one shot, artists performing live; the immediate predecessors to record producers were the artists and repertoire executives of the late 1920s and 1930s who oversaw the "pop" product and led session orchestras. That was the case of Ben Selvin at Columbia Records, Nathaniel Shilkret at Victor Records and Bob Haring at Brunswick Records.
By the end of the 1930s, the first professional recording studios not owned by the major companies were established separating the roles of A&R man and producer, although it wouldn't be until the late 1940s when the term "producer" became used in the industry. The role of producers changed progressively over the 1960s due to technology; the development of multitrack recording caused a major change in the recording process. Before multitracking, all the elements of a song had to be performed simultaneously. All of these singers and musicians had to be assembled in a large studio where the performance was recorded. With multitrack recording, the "bed tracks" (rhythm section accompaniment parts such as the bassline and rhythm guitar could be recorded first, the vocals and solos could be added using as many "takes" as necessary, it was no longer necessary to get all the players in the studio at the same time. A pop band could record their backing tracks one week, a horn section could be brought in a week to add horn shots and punches, a string section could be brought in a week after that.
Multitrack recording had another pro
New Zealand Order of Merit
The New Zealand Order of Merit is an order of merit in New Zealand's honours system. It was established by royal warrant on 30 May 1996 by Elizabeth II, Queen of New Zealand, "for those persons who in any field of endeavour, have rendered meritorious service to the Crown and nation or who have become distinguished by their eminence, contributions or other merits", to recognise outstanding service to the Crown and people of New Zealand in a civil or military capacity. In the order of precedence, the New Zealand Order of Merit ranks after the Order of New Zealand. Prior to 1996 New Zealanders received appointments to various British orders, such as the Order of the Bath, the Order of St Michael and St George, the Order of the British Empire, the Order of the Companions of Honour, as well as the distinction of Knight Bachelor; the change came about after the Prime Minister's Honours Advisory Committee was created "to consider and present options and suggestions on the structure of a New Zealand Royal Honours System in New Zealand, designed to recognise meritorious service and bravery and long service".
The monarch of New Zealand is the Sovereign of the order and the Governor-General is its Chancellor. Appointments are made at five levels: Knight or Dame Grand Companion Knight or Dame Companion Companion Officer Member; the number of Knights and Dames Grand Companion is limited to 30 living people. Additionally, new appointments are limited to 15 Knights or Dames Companion, 40 Companions, 80 Officers and 140 Members per year; as well as the five levels, there are three different types of membership. Ordinary membership is limited to citizens of a Commonwealth realm. "Additional" members, appointed on special occasions, are not counted in the numerical limits. People who are not citizens of a Commonwealth realm are given "Honorary" membership. There is a Secretary and Registrar and a Herald of the Order; the Collar, worn only by the Sovereign and Chancellor, comprises "links of the central medallion of the badge" and "S"-shaped Koru, with the Coat of Arms of New Zealand in centre. Hanging from the Coat of Arms is the badge of the Order.
The Star is an eight-pointed star with each arm bearing a representation of a fern frond, with the Order's badge superimposed in the centre. Grand Companions wear Knight Companions wear a silver star; the Badge for the three highest classes is a gold and white enamel cross with curved edges bearing at its centre the coat of arms of New Zealand within a green enamel ring bearing the motto For Merit Tohu Hiranga, topped by a royal crown. The badge for Officers and Members in silver-gilt and silver respectively. Grand Companions wear the badge on a sash over the right shoulder. Officers and Members wear the badge from a bow on the left shoulder; the ribbon and sash are plain red ochre. Knight/Dames Grand Companion and Knight/Dames Companion are entitled to use the style Sir for males and Dame for females; the order's statutes grant heraldic privileges to members of the first and second level, who are entitled to have the Order's circlet surrounding their shield. Grand Companions are entitled to heraldic supporters.
The Chancellor is entitled to supporters and a representation of the Collar of the Order around his/her shield. Sovereign: The Queen Chancellor and Principal Dame Grand Companion: The Governor-General Knights and Dames Grand Companion:Officials:Two positions, were created in the Statutes of the Order with all appointments published in the New Zealand Gazette. Secretary and Registrar: Michael L. C. Webster Herald: Philip O'Shea From 2000 to 2009, the two highest levels of the Order were Principal Companion and Distinguished Companion, without the appellation of "Sir" or "Dame"; the following contains the names of the small number of members of the grades Principal Companion and Distinguished Companion who chose not to convert their appointment to a Knight or Dame Grand Companion, or Knight or Dame Companion, thus not to accept the respective appellation of "Sir" or "Dame". The majority of those affected chose the aforereferenced appellations. A change to non-titular honours was a recommendation contained within the original report of the 1995 honours committee which prompted the creation of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
Titular honours were incorporated into the new system before its implementation in 1996 after the National Party caucus and public debate were split as to whether titles should be retained. There has long been debate in New Zealand regarding the appropriateness of titles; some feel it is no longer appropriate as New Zealand has not been a colony since 1907, to these people titles are out of step with present-day New Zealand. Others feel that titles carry both domestic and international recognition, that awarded on the basis of merit they remain an appropriate recognition of excellence. In April 2000 the new Labour Prime Minister, Helen Clark, announced that knighthoods and damehoods had been abolished and the order's statutes amended. From 2000 to 2009
"Bursting Through" is a song by New Zealand artist Bic Runga, released in September 1996 as the first single from her debut studio album, Drive. In 2001, the song was voted 51st best New Zealand song of all time by members of APRA. "Bursting Through" "Making a Scene" "Bursting Through" Bic's official website Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
Roll into One
"Roll into One" is a song by New Zealand recording artist, Bic Runga. The song was released in December 1997 as the fourth single from her debut studio album, Drive "Roll into One" - 3:20 "Drive" - 6:25 "Drive" - 7:16 Bic's official website
Close Your Eyes (Bic Runga album)
Close Your Eyes is the fifth studio album by New Zealand singer-song writer Bic Runga. The album is made up of two original tracks. Upon announcement of the album in October, Runga said: "There are so many songs I've always wanted to cover. I wanted to see if I could not just be a singer-songwriter, but someone who could interpret songs. In the process, I found there are so many reasons why a cover version wouldn't work because the lyrics were not something I could relate to first hand, because technically I wasn't ready or because the original was too iconic, but the songs that all made it on the record say something about where I'm at in my life, better than if I'd written it myself. It was a challenging process, I'm proud of the singing and the production and the statement". Henry Oliver from The Spinoff said the album is "excellent", adding "Close Your Eyes is a grab bag of genre and sound". Oliver deemed the highlight "Close Your Eyes" "with its Stereolab-esque layers of voices and organs."Shane Gilchrist from the Otago Daily Times gave the album 3 and a half out of 5, saying the album has "peaks and plateaus", praising Kanye West's "Wolves", The Meters' "What'cha Say" and Nick Drake's "Things Behind the Sun".
"Close Your Eyes" "What'cha Say" "Wolves" "Things Behind the Sun" "Tinseltown in the Rain" "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" "Andmoreagain" "Viens" "Dream a Dream" "The Lonely Sea" "Life Will Get Better Some Day" "Only Love Can Break Your Heart" Bic Runga's official website
Live in Concert with the Christchurch Symphony
Live in Concert with the Christchurch Symphony is a live album by New Zealand artist Bic Runga, her third album overall. Runga performed with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Marc Taddei; the performance was recorded in Christchurch on October 3, 2003, the album was released on November 17, 2003. "Precious Things" "Bursting Through" "One More Cup of Coffee" "Ne Me Quitte Pas" "Anyone Who Had a Heart" "Beautiful Collision" "And No More Shall We Part" "Wishing on a Star" "Say After Me" "She Left on a Monday" "Something Good" Bic's Official website