TED MULRY GANG
Jump In My Car
(Ted Mulry)
Australia 1975
#2 Sydney #1 Melbourne #1 Brisbane #1 Adelaide #1 Perth

Original version

British-born singer-songwriter Ted Mulry first became known through such sweet, melodic songs as his own Julia (1970) and Vanda & Young's Falling In Love Again (1970). His career really took off in the mid-70s with the Ted Mulry Gang (later TMG), a rocking goodtime band familiar through TV's Countdown and such hits as Darktown Strutters' Ball (1976) and Jump In My Car. Ted Mulry died in 2001.

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Further reading: Ted Mulry page at Howlspace.



Later versions:

CHRIS SPEDDING
Jump In My Car
(Ted Mulry)
UK 1977
Later version

On self-titled album on Rak label by British session guitarist with a dazzling range of entries on his CV.

On CD: Very Best of Chris Spedding
FESTER FANATICS
Jump In My Car
(Ted Mulry)
Australia 1989
Later version

On the album Greatest Cocktail Party Hits. According to the Australian Metal Guide, the album was a collection of raucous and shambolic covers by a Sydney band known for their slapdash, none-too-serious approach to thrash metal. (Sounds like fun!)

References, further reading: 1. Fester Fanatics page at Australian Metal Guide. 2. Paul McHenry, Cover Me.


MEN AT WORK
Jump In My Car
(Ted Mulry)
Australia 2000
Later version

Live version on the album The Andrew Denton Breakfast Show Musical Challenge, from a Sydney radio segment in which well-known bands were asked to play a cover of an unlikely song. Details at Discogs.com.

Good-humoured Australian band Men At Work had a number of big hits at home and abroad in the first half of the 80s, including Who Can It Be Now? and Down Under, both of which peaked at #1 in the USA, as did the album Business As Usual (1982). Frontman Colin Hay, now a highly regarded solo singer-songwriter, performed Men At Work's USA #3 hit Overkill in the Scrubs episode My Overkill (2001).
DAVID HASSELHOFF
Jump In My Car
(Ted Mulry)
USA (recorded in Australia) 2006
Later version
#3 UK

Recorded in Sydney by TV star of Knight Rider and Baywatch, produced by ex-Easybeat Harry Vanda, released by Sony Australia to coincide with an Australian tour.

These days, David Hasselhoff seems to provoke mainly hilarity in some quarters: see, for example, this reaction to the (Australian-made) video for Jump In My Car.

Still, Jump In My Car reached #3 on the British charts early in October 2006, which was nice for the folks at GetHasselhoffTo Number1.com. Don't you love that blurring of irony and adulation?

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