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Sniff 'n' the Tears — Driver's Seat
Album: Best Of Sniff 'n The Tears
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Released: 1978
Length: 3:54
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Doing all right
A little jiving on a Saturday night
And come what may
Gonna dance the day away

Jenny was sweet
She always smiled for the people she meet
On trouble and strife
She had another way of looking at life

The news is blue (The news is blue)
Has it's own way to get to you
What can I do? (What can I do?)
When I remember my time with you

Pick up your feet
Got to move to the trick of the beat
There is no elite
Just take your place in the driver's seat

Driver's seat, driver's seat, yeah

Doing all right
A little jiving on a Saturday night
And come what may
Gonna dance the day away

Driver's seat, driver's seat, yeah

Jenny was sweet
There is no elite
Pick up your feet, pick up, pick up
Pick up your feet, gonna dance the day away

Driver's seat, driver's seat, yeah
Driver's seat, driver's seat, yeah

Driver's seat
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This was a staple at my parties in the late '70s! Guaranteed to get the feet moving.
 ScottFromWyoming wrote:

Reading your post and the Wikipedia and AllMusic entries, I'm sure the video mixup was because the personnel in the band had probably changed 3 times between recording and filming...
 

The synth always reminds me of Rick Wakeman
I read years back that the Irish band Horselips came about during a drunken night in the pub trying to come up with a band name and whoever was scribbling was too wasted to write 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Where do you suppose these guys came up with theirs?
 Peter_Burrows wrote:
The synthesiser player was Keith Miller, a lovely guy I shared a house with in the 70s.  On the video he plays guitar, perhaps because he is so good looking.  He was an early adopter of the synthesiser, who worked with many famous names including the likes of Robert PlantPaul McCartneyPete Townshend,.  He died of a brain hemorrhage on May 17, 2005.

 
Reading your post and the Wikipedia and AllMusic entries, I'm sure the video mixup was because the personnel in the band had probably changed 3 times between recording and filming...
I have never heard this played on the radio before unless I have requested it from our local dj. Wow! how impressed I am, so many memories wrapped up in this record, this was also my husbands' all time favourite record.
"The Best of?"
Great flashback to a fun time...
Worth a mention for it's inclusion in the brilliant Boogie Nights.
 Laptopdog wrote:
They put out a "Best of" album?!
 
By retitling their other album?
They put out a "Best of" album?!
 TianGongZhong wrote:
Godlike.....
 

Yeahhhhhh.... Drivers Seat.... Yeahhhhh.....
Nice!  Brings back memories of much younger days...  Driving on a Saturday night, sure!
Godlike.....
 pinto wrote:
 
We'll adjust.  Grow up.
 
"Adjust" to dishonest and greedy?  No thanks.
Did this band ever have another hit? Song? 
I'm always amazed that this seldom if ever shows up on the list of  "Top Driving Songs"
By the way. which one is "Sniff?"

If RP doesn't play Golden Earring "Radar Love" after this...  I won;t know what to make if it!
Sniff 'n' the drivers seat?
 LinThizzy wrote:
THEY ARE REALLY IN THE DRIVER'S SEAT NOW WITH NET NEUTRALITY REPEALED,
SPECTRUM KEEPS CUTTING OFF MY RP FEED AND THAT NEVER HAPPENED WITH MY OTHER CRAPPY ISP THAT HAD 1/30 THE SPEED.
FUCK FASCIST CORPORATIONS AND DOUBLE-FUCK FASCIST POLICIES THAT ALLOW DOUCHEBAGS LIKE AJIT PAI TO DESTROY COMMON SENSE AND GOOD FAITH.
SPECTRUM IS DISHONEST AND GREEDY 
  
We'll adjust.  Grow up.
I put this as a 9 thinking about 100 years from now.  What's going to represent the late 20th century?  Something with meaningful lyrics or challenging chord progressions?  I doubt it.  Probably something dessertish like this one.
THEY ARE REALLY IN THE DRIVER'S SEAT NOW WITH NET NEUTRALITY REPEALED,
SPECTRUM KEEPS CUTTING OFF MY RP FEED AND THAT NEVER HAPPENED WITH MY OTHER CRAPPY ISP THAT HAD 1/30 THE SPEED.
FUCK FASCIST CORPORATIONS AND DOUBLE-FUCK FASCIST POLICIES THAT ALLOW DOUCHEBAGS LIKE AJIT PAI TO DESTROY COMMON SENSE AND GOOD FAITH.
SPECTRUM IS DISHONEST AND GREEDY 
 misterbearbaby wrote:
By the way, which one is Sniff?

 
The one next to the third tear
By the way, which one is Sniff?
From She's About A Mover to this?

Really?
This is one of those songs that has an indelible memory etched in my brain from the first listen.  Lake Tahoe, 14 years old, laying on the beach with my transistor radio, antenna all the way up to get the one rock station from Reno(?).  Surrounded by the beauty that is Lake Tahoe, and the beauties in their bikini's, nodding my head to this new song, and that beat!
   yeeeaaahhh.. {#Mrgreen}
Bill's just said that there are a couple of other songs on here, but when I click on the artist link it only shows the one song - this one?
Don Cheadle as Buck Swope and Melora Walters as Jessie St. Vincent in “Boogie Nights.”
The synthesiser player was Keith Miller, a lovely guy I shared a house with in the 70s.  On the video he plays guitar, perhaps because he is so good looking.  He was an early adopter of the synthesiser, who worked with many famous names including the likes of Robert PlantPaul McCartneyPete Townshend,.  He died of a brain hemorrhage on May 17, 2005.

This is so so good!  Whatever happened to these guys?
 
 


The guitar riff begins and the volume goes to 11.
band sounds so similar to Climax Blues Band
 Steely_D wrote:
Belongs somewhere on the spectrum of great music that includes Don't Fear the Reaper and Year of the Cat.

 
We share musical tastes! Kudos my friend
 
I have a different album cover which I find much better!!
And I also  had a picture posted here but now it is disappeared! 

Why?
One of my favorite band names...and the song is great
This is so so good!  Whatever happened to these guys?
 flyboy50 wrote:

That is so wrong its right.

 
Definitely nothing wrong with this!
memories! turn up the volume
 Otomi wrote:

  Businessgypsy wrote:

With all this business about seats and sniffing, an ad I once saw in the back of the Portland, OR Willamette Week comes to mind:

LADIES BICYCLE SEATS
New $10
Used $25


 



 
That is so wrong its right.
 Businessgypsy wrote:
With all this business about seats and sniffing, an ad I once saw in the back of the Portland, OR Willamette Week comes to mind:

LADIES BICYCLE SEATS
New $10
Used $25


 
lul wut?
Thank God it was just the short version.
What about Drivers A  and   B  ?  ;)
Belongs somewhere on the spectrum of great music that includes Don't Fear the Reaper and Year of the Cat.
{#Dancingbanana_2}
One of the greatest one-hit wonders of all time - love it, thanks RP!!
{#Bananajam}
TURN IT UP!!!
From 6 (what was I thinking) to 8. Yeah!
Baby, it's understood.
Top notch song from a top notch and under-rated band. Love Sniff and the Tears!{#Clap}
"Driver´s seat" directly after "Drive my car". I have to correct my rating for the Beatles-song downwards
Such strong childhood memories tide to this song.  As a little boy, I always thought it was from the film Prophecy (came out around the same time) and that was what they were saying instead of Driver Seat.  Prophecy...Yeah Prophecy...lol
Very strange. I had an earbug today on this song. And now here it is.
Stirs up awesome memories. Thanks RP!{#Yes}
Time to retire this one. Marginal when it came out.  Hasnt aged well either. 
Always liked and still like the Sniffers.
Sorry, but the song and band names make for goofy combinations (sniffing car seats) that lead to strange visualizations. 
One of those yeah I know this song kind of songs.  Pretty cool.  Couldn't have told you the song or band name until I looked though and even then they don't look familiar.
 Zedediah wrote:
Guilty pleasure, perhaps. But it's so post-70's, anti-Disco, granting permission to reclaim some simple joys... It's just cool.

 
No reason to feel guilty, It's a nice little song...very nice.


Guilty pleasure, perhaps. But it's so post-70's, anti-Disco, granting permission to reclaim some simple joys... It's just cool.
I think I just have to raise this up from a 7 - it's always great to hear and SO classic...8!  {#Cool}
I'm hearing a lot of "White Socks/Flip Flops" by the Super Furry Animals in this song. 
...rather, I'm hearing a lot of this song in "White Socks/Flip Flops".
 There used to be a comic strip in one of the distinguished gentlemens magazines, back in the 80's. It was about a cat, Uncle Flat Nat, the ladies bicycle seat sniffer. Of course that could just be a figment of my imagination.      

       Otomi wrote:

  Businessgypsy wrote:

With all this business about seats and sniffing, an ad I once saw in the back of the Portland, OR Willamette Week comes to mind:

LADIES BICYCLE SEATS
New $10
Used $25


 



 


 orangecraig wrote:
Wonder where Greg Kihn was influenced?

 
Greg Kihn was releasing albums several years before these guys were.
Always thought of this as an 80s song, so maybe a little ahead of its time? 7.
I still make 'mix tapes' myself - with iTunes, burnt to disc or iPod - and must admit I've stolen a few of Bill's mini-lists for myself.

The Police's "Driven To Tears" makes sense as a follow-up to this, but my mix has Wilco's "Passenger Side" coming next. Changes up the tempo and throws in a bit of hillbilly flavour!
The DJ is in fine form (again or as always, take your pick).

 Terrific follow up to Widespread Panic — Traveling Light.
 ThePoose wrote:
Suggested segue: All Along the Watchtower

 
Or "Don't Fear the Reaper".
 wingo395 wrote:
One of my stranded-on-an-abandoned-island songs - especially, the extended version!

 
We had the debate about what songs we would want if we were stranded on a deserted island.  My friend had an interesting take - he would not pick any songs that he liked a lot, since if you had to listen to them over and over again, you would grow to hate them.  By that criteria, this song could make my list.


Top 40 crap material...ooo-ooo,yeah-ah-ah-ah


Smells like the 70s....
Reminds me of a movie. I can't remember the scene though.
I keep getting this picture of a guy walking into a club, going up to the owner and trying the get a booking for the band. Then the owner says "what's your bands name?"


"Oh, Sniff and the Tears"

"Hey, we're really good. Stop laughing."

 
Always loved this song......
Wonder where Greg Kihn was influenced?
 my feelings exactly..ccjemmett wrote:
Real good song. Little debt to Al Stewart maybe.

Still, really good song.
 


Real good song. Little debt to Al Stewart maybe.

Still, really good song.

  Businessgypsy wrote:

With all this business about seats and sniffing, an ad I once saw in the back of the Portland, OR Willamette Week comes to mind:

LADIES BICYCLE SEATS
New $10
Used $25


 


 junebaby65 wrote:
Memories of HS freshman year.

 
Senior year for me..!
With all this business about seats and sniffing, an ad I once saw in the back of the Portland, OR Willamette Week comes to mind:

LADIES BICYCLE SEATS
New $10
Used $25

One of my stranded-on-an-abandoned-island songs - especially, the extended version!
{#Roflol}    {#Roflol}     {#Roflol}     {#Roflol}  ...... Yeah   8
This one takes me back! Love it! 
If I heard this once every 5 years it would be more than enough.  Too often on RP.
Hell yeah!  {#Jump}
I think that his was one of the best songs of its time, definitely not synth pop per se, its guitar based with an organ fill and solo.


I don't know why but I associate this with much of the Horslips stuff which came out at the same time, and THAT was quality music.

8
Of all the GREAT music that came out in '78, this is not so great.
 tutakea wrote:
a horrible foreboding for what would come as a nauseating wave of cheap synth-pop-sucko-barfos in the 80s.

 
Cheer up. Great groove and chorus. 
a horrible foreboding for what would come as a nauseating wave of cheap synth-pop-sucko-barfos in the 80s.
Flashback! Summer '79, this was on the radio. I was 17, had a hot-rod Cutlass with AudioVox stereo and Jensen speakers. Driver's Seat!
Always makes me smile :-)
Nice. Brings me back to the day...
This one is ALWAYS welcome.....................
 Krispian wrote:

It's up there

 
So good - then & now!
 finoufk wrote:
to me, maybe the best pop song ever !

 
It's up there
https://www.carlustblog.com/2011/11/a-little-driving-on-a-saturday-night.html
 Proclivities wrote:

There was a compilation entitled "The Absolute Worst Crap From Sniff 'n' The Tears", but its sales were poor - for some reason.

  !!


Memories of HS freshman year.
A one-hit wonder, but what a wonder it is! Outstanding!
ckcotton wrote:
I can't believe someone used my bands name....
 
Unless you're Sniff, or one of the Tears, you're still kinda young, eh?
 mistabird wrote:
Suuuper  !!{#Dancingbanana}
mehr von den tollen songs  yahman

 


Suuuper  !!{#Dancingbanana}
CLASSIC!!!

{#Jump}
Jenny was sweet - she'd always smile for the people she'd meet.........

another moment, another time
 ThePoose wrote:
Suggested segue: All Along the Watchtower

 
excellent suggestion.
Wow. May have not heard this for twenty years. Ha. Thanks, Bill. A great one.
Suggested segue: All Along the Watchtower
to me, maybe the best pop song ever !
Live version here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXaxjuUnhcU

More related YouTube content:

Acoustic cover pub band: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhduV4csrnU
Bizarrely, you can watch a classic Revox reel-to-reel playing the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhduV4csrnU
Learn the drum track: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqM_tOVajFM

Other top tunes by SNTT that should feature on Radio Paradise please:
What Can Daddy Do:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTADP5Q8rkc (IMHO at least as good as Driver's Seat, but with better lyrics)
Slide Away: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyid-iUOti0&list=AL94UKMTqg-9Dr99Khsjq28L3SpHCupDcT
Rodeo Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jz7HbgB0DOs&list=AL94UKMTqg-9Dr99Khsjq28L3SpHCupDcT
(and live): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpA9-AVMlSo
The Thrill Of It All: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETwaeqO_UDc&list=AL94UKMTqg-9Dr99Khsjq28L3SpHCupDcT
(and live with the credibility stamp of the Whistle Test!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEYpYUErKcg
Poison Penmail: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dhqa-NxQqMM&list=AL94UKMTqg-9Dr99Khsjq28L3SpHCupDcT
Company Man: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0Ep24emLZs&list=AL94UKMTqg-9Dr99Khsjq28L3SpHCupDcT


One of the greatest pop songs ever produced, but sadly under the radar.

Don't bother with the Best Of  albums(s) go for Fickle Heart and The Game's Up albums and you have 90% of the best of their work.  Some pop, some meaningful songs, but all of them good or better.  For examples, check out "What Can Daddy Do?" and "Poison Pen Mail", "Rodeo Drive" and "Slide Away" from those albums.  All available on Spotify.
I can't believe someone used my bands name....
 Lumpy13 wrote:
Oh

Hell

Yes
 
Agreed.
Oh

Hell

Yes
 meuks wrote:
1978...driving around in a Ford Fairlane station wagon, jacked up and with wide tires/mags only on the back, painted primer grey, 8 track connected to home stereo speakers......this song.....heh heh.....
 
Mine was a blue AMC Javelin with one green fender and that all so important 8 track! them were days....
 Boy_Wonder wrote:
From "Best of Sniff n the Tears" - you mean they did anything else?
 
There was a compilation entitled "The Absolute Worst Crap From Sniff 'n' The Tears", but its sales were poor - for some reason.
 meuks wrote:
1978...driving around in a Ford Fairlane station wagon, jacked up and with wide tires/mags only on the back, painted primer grey, 8 track connected to home stereo speakers......this song.....heh heh.....
 
Ha ha! Nice one.


Very nice!
1978...driving around in a Ford Fairlane station wagon, jacked up and with wide tires/mags only on the back, painted primer grey, 8 track connected to home stereo speakers......this song.....heh heh.....
Love it!!!

 
Forest267 wrote:
Sniff'n the Driver's Seat?

...my apologies, just the first thing that popped into my mind when I saw this in "now playing". (lol)
 


 kingart wrote:
Really should be followed by Night Ranger and 'Sister Christian.' 
 
This guy would agree, but's he's going to have a tough time getting that POS added to the playlist here....

1978? Time has flown. Great tune.