The Maccabees Cover ‘I Drove All Night’

‘I Drove All Night’ is a song with an interesting history. Most people think of it as a Roy Orbison song – and it was originally written for him, in 1987.

However, it was Cyndi Lauper who first had a hit with it, in 1989. Years later, Celine Dion attempted to wrestle the song to death with her super-strength larynx.

Now The Maccabees have rescued the song from the realm of embarrassing cheese with a slowed-down, spooked, XX-style version. It’s rather beautiful, I think, and nicely teases out the note of sinister obsession latent in the line: “I woke you from your sleep, to make love to you.”