It's ImmaterialDriving Away From Home (Jim's Tune)

Label:Siren (3) – SIREN 15
Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Single, Stereo
Style:Pop Rock, Alternative Rock


ADriving Away From Home (Jim's Tune)3:50
BTrains, Boats, Planes3:50

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2nd print run with thin paper sleeve. 1st print run with matte card sleeve is here: It's Immaterial - Driving Away From Home (Jim's Tune)

℗ 1986 Siren Records Ltd
© 1986 Siren Records Ltd

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 5 012983 001573
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout - Variant 1): SIREN 15 A-1U-1-NHOUSE1- 4
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout - Variant 1): SIREN 15 B-1U-1-1-4
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, stamped - Variant 2): SIREN 15 A-1U-1-1-X1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, etched - Variant 2): TOWNHOUSE
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, stamped - Variant 2): SIREN 15 B-1U-1-1-X1

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Driving Away From Home (Wicked Weather For Walking) (12", 45 RPM)Siren (3)SIREN 15-12UK1986
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Driving Away From Home (12", 45 RPM, Single, Stereo)Virgin, Virgin, Virgin, Siren (3), Siren (3), Siren (3)608 223, 608 223-213, 860 355-975Europe1986
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Driving Away From Home (Jim's Tune) (7", 45 RPM, Single, Stereo)Siren (3), Virgin, Siren (3), Virgin108 223-100, 108 223Europe1986
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Driving Away From Home (12")Siren (3), Edisom, Lda.405412Portugal1986
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Driving Away From Home (Jim's Tune) (7", 45 RPM)Virgin, Siren (3)VIN 45192Italy1986


  • GoodNF's avatar
    "Driving Away From Home" was an attempt to transfer the typical American car culture towards the United Kingdom (more precisely, Liverpool, the M62 to Manchester, Newcastle, or even Glasgow). Until 1986, there was hardly an English band that thought about that idea, and those who did, were writing the songs with an American road map in mind.

    DAFH was laid out as a story, told across three formats: the seven inch, the twelve inch and the remix twelve inch. Back then, you had to buy all three formats to fully understand the story (today, the job is considerably easier as the re-issue of their debut album contains all three versions in one package).

    1. "Jim's Tune" is the single version and the central adjective is pleasure. Back in 1986, cruising in a car and enjoying the scenery was a common hobby and even a short ride can be fun, although it can be more fun to extend that ride a little bit.

    2. "Wicked Weather For Walking" is the twelve inch and the central adjective is convenience. Sometimes our destination is at close range and a walk would do, but hey, it's raining outside, so let's take the car. And before you know it, you're cruising past (semi-)detached houses in (semi-)detached neighbourhoods and end up in Newcastle, or even Glasgow, although you should have gone to Manchester...

    3. "I Mean After All It's Only 'Dead Man's Curve'" is the U.S. version and the central adjective is obsession. The reference to the Jan & Dean tune is a sign of things to come: complete oblivion to road danger. The adrenalin rush of driving a muscle car ("I'm convinced we can make it"), passing one car after the other ("look over there, there goes Mr. Miller"), even leaving home forever to start a new living (a reference to John Steinbeck's novel "The Grapes Of Wrath") a reference to a Percy Mayfield song made famous by Ray Charles ("Jack Cadillac? I think he won't be hitting the road again") and finally that reference to a Gene Pitney song ("someone said it's only 24 hours to Tulsa from here, and that's crazy") after which the car crashes fatally... most likely in aforementioned "dead man's curve"...



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