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drive (one) up the wall

To annoy or frustrate one to the point of exasperation. A week on vacation with my relatives is enough to drive me up the wall.That loud beeping noise is driving me up the wall!
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drive someone up the wall

Fig. to annoy or irritate someone. Stop whistling that tune. You're driving me up the wall.All his talk about moving to California nearly drove me up the wall.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

drive someone up the wall

If something or someone drives you up the wall, they annoy you very much. The noise is driving me up the wall.He's so uncooperative he's beginning to drive me up the wall.
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drive someone up the wall

make someone very irritated or angry. informal
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drive/send somebody up the ˈwall

(informal) make somebody very annoyed; drive somebody crazy: BuyThat noise is driving me up the wall.
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drive someone up the wall

tv. to frustrate someone; to drive someone to distraction. These days of waiting drive me up the wall.
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Recorded by Rudy Vallée & His Connecticut Yankees in 1930
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'You’re Driving Me Crazy' is an American popular song composed (music and lyrics) by Walter Donaldson in 1930 and recorded the same year by Lee Morse, Rudy Vallée & His Connecticut Yankees and Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians (with vocal by Carmen Lombardo). The song became a hit and was added to the 1930 musical comedy Smiles, starring Marilyn Miller and Fred and Adele Astaire. It was also recorded in 1930 by McKinney's Cotton Pickers and by Nick Lucas & His Crooning Troubadors. Nick Lucas's version, released on Brunswick, was a No. 7 hit: Brunswick 4987 (E-35404). The chords of 'You're Driving Me Crazy' form the basis for Bennie Moten's great 'Moten Swing.'

In 1931, cartoon character Betty Boop sang a sexy version of the song in the pre-code cartoon Silly Scandals. As Boop sang the song, her dress slipped down repeatedly, revealing a lacy bra and causing her to squeal. Later in the song, Betty was joined on stage by a line of mechanical dancing penguins who stomped out the beat in accompaniment to her singing.

'You're Driving Me Crazy' has become a standard that has been recorded by over 100 artists. The artists who have recorded the song include Billie Holiday, Chet Baker, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughan, Mel Tormé, Della Reese, Betty Carter, Django Reinhardt, Peggy Lee, and Lester Young. A version by The Temperance Seven made number one in the UK Singles chart in 1961.[1]

The song has also been performed in the movies including:

  • The 1931 Paramount Betty Boop cartoon Silly Scandals noted above.
  • Fleischer Studios 1931 cartoon called Screen Songs, with jazzy scat singing of 'You're Driving Me Crazy' by various animals. There is a dancing lion which looks like Betty Boop, monkeys and other animals, including a Cab Calloway sound-alike.
  • The 1991 film The Marrying Man starring Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin. 'You're Driving Me Crazy' is performed by Alan Paul from Manhattan Transfer.
  • The 2005 Oscar-nominated film Good Night, and Good Luck. 'You're Driving Me Crazy' and other standards performed by Dianne Reeves.
  • The 2001 soccer/prison movie Mean Machine. 'You're Driving Me Crazy' is performed by Bob Brozman on a soundtrack.

The Temperance Seven cover version[edit]

A cover version by The Temperance Seven, described as an art school band 'who were retro before most of pop was even original,' was recorded in 1961, reaching number 1 on the UK Singles Chart that May.[2] Their version is a pastiche on the original, and on 1920s dance band music in general, with Paul McDowell's insincere 'whispering' helping to highlight this. Music critic Tom Ewing, writing for Freaky Trigger, concurrently described it as 'one of the strangest number ones,' 'one of the most prescient [number ones]' and 'the first meta-pop hit', citing the song's 'deliberate, tongue-in-cheek commentary on pop via pop, the world of the dance orchestras pushed flippantly into the TV age,' feeling this anticipated Roxy Music and Richard X, but also feeling as many people would have bought the single based on nostalgia as those who bought it due to its cleverness.[2]

Notable recorded versions[edit]

  • Bing Crosby (for his 1957 album New Tricks.)
  • Buddy Greco (1953)
  • Don Redman & His Orchestra (1939)
  • Django Reinhardt (21 April 1937)
  • Line Renaud (1965) (in French)
  • Squirrel Nut Zippers (1995)
  • The Temperance Seven (1961)


  1. ^Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. p. 57. ISBN0-85112-250-7.
  2. ^ abEwing, Tom (21 July 2004). 'THE TEMPERANCE SEVEN – 'You're Driving Me Crazy''. Freaky Trigger. Retrieved 4 July 2017.

External links[edit]

  • Carling Hot Six on YouTube
  • The Temperance Seven Version on YouTube

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