Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car

“Who’s that lady coming down the road? Who’s that lady? Who’s that woman walking through my door? What’s the score?”

When Les Charles bounded on the scene in the mid-70s, little did he know that a mere decade later he would be one of the more celebrated pop singers of his time.

Of course, changing his name to Billy Ocean certainly helped.

By the time the summer of 1988 rolled around, the suave Mr. Ocean had already topped the Billboard charts two years earlier with “There’ll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)”, so we knew it was just a matter of time before he reached the top again.

Sure enough, all it took was a little ditty he co-wrote with Mutt (AC/DC, Def Leppard, Shania Twain) Lange. “Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car” was one of those funky, infectiously happy, R&B/pop hits that just hit home with us 80s kids. It spent 19 weeks on the charts, peaking at #1 for two weeks in April ’88.

Maybe it was the opening (with Billy’s rather-demanding “Yes YOU! Get into my car!”), maybe it was the calypso beat, or maybe it was that it was featured prominently in The Coreys’ License to Drive… all we know is that the song was more popular than a Madonna sale at Musicland.

Alas, “Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car” was the last we ever heard of Mr. Ocean. But we’ll fight anyone who argues with us that he didn’t save the best for last.

So here’s to you, Les. We’ll get in your car anytime.

…in a non-creepy way.

We ♥ Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car.


~ by weheart80s on September 7, 2011.

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