1. The Veils - "Drive"

The Veils On “Drive”
“I think the only way you can approach covering a song by a band this colossal is to pretend that you’re just playing one of your friend’s songs — that’s what we did anyway. It’s always a rewarding expedition doing a cover version, scraping away layers ’til you find something in there you never expected to find and then exposing it. I never realized what a scary, desperate, nostalgic, diamond of a song this was until now.”
? Finn Andrews

The Veils

Mike Mills On “Drive”
“I remember the video was pretty interesting. Peter and I aren’t big video fans or participants, but it was pretty interesting to get beat up by a fire hose, which is pretty much what we did. We’ve played it a lot, it’s been in virtually every show that we’ve done since we’ve put it out, and after a while, you know, you want to give things a little bit of a different treatment. The MTV Awards we did, it was fun to do, that was a chance to surprise a whole lot of people at one time. Music is not immutable, it’s organic, and while there are some songs we never change live, that was one that could do with a little moving around.”

“Drive” lyrics
Smack, crack, bushwhacked.
Tie another one to the racks,
baby.

Hey kids, rock and roll.
Nobody tells you where to go,
baby.

What if I ride? What if you walk?
What if you rock around the
clock?
Tick-tock. Tick-tock.
What if you did? What if you
walk?
What if you tried to get off,
baby?

Hey, kids, where are you?
Nobody tells you what to do,
baby.

Hey kids, shake a leg.
Maybe you’re crazy in the head,
baby.

Maybe you did. Maybe you
walked.
Maybe you rocked around the
clock.
Tick-tock. Tick-tock.
Maybe I ride. Maybe you walk.
Maybe I drive to get off, baby.

Hey kids, shake a leg.
Maybe you’re crazy in the head,
baby.

Ollie, ollie.
Ollie ollie ollie.
Ollie ollie in come free, baby.

Hey, kids, where are you?
Nobody tells you what to do,
baby.

Smack, crack. Shack-a-lack.
Tie another one to your back,
baby.

Hey kids, rock and roll.
Nobody tells you where to go,
baby.

Maybe you did. Maybe you walk.
Maybe you rock around the clock
Tick-tock. Tick-tock.
Maybe I ride. Maybe you walk.
Maybe I drive to get off, baby.

Hey kids, where are you?
Nobody tells you what to do,
baby.

Hey kids, rock and roll.
Nobody tells you where to go,
baby, baby, baby.

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Comments (7)
  1. Aaron  |   Posted on Oct 2nd, 2007 0

    That’s an impressive lineup. I think Wrens will be my favourite though I haven’t listened to it yet!

  2. Brewster  |   Posted on Oct 2nd, 2007 0

    Terrifying. Nice work guys.

  3. This is haunting and beautiful… In a way that I most distinctly remember feeling when I unwrapped the real Automatic for the first time. Phenomenal.

  4. David  |   Posted on Oct 3rd, 2007 0

    This is a great version of this song! I think REM would be as pleased with it as I am. Really nice vocal touch and the drums are tasty!

  5. Just like with ‘Sweetness Follows’ on Drive XV, this balances the original’s spirit and the band’s own take perfectly.

  6. diego  |   Posted on Nov 24th, 2007 0

    SCHITTERENDE versie van DRIVE

  7. Chris Haines  |   Posted on Dec 7th, 2007 0

    This is a ridiculously good cover of that song. I saw these guys in Seattle and they are an incredible band. Their original material blows me away.

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