Heineken Let a Stranger Drive You Home

Heineken does their bit for responsible drinking in “Let a Stranger Drive You Home”, a television commercial directed by Stacy Wall. Partygoers sing their way R&B way home in the back seat of a stranger’s car.

Back seat singers in Heineken commercial

Two men (Christopher Lee and John Nicholas) and two women (Alin Sumarwata and Beth Levis) cruise through the city at night, singing along to Biz Markie’s 1989 track, “Just a Friend”. When it comes the time for the chorus, “You, you got what I need”, the taxi driver (Timm Cooney) turns up the volume and joins in. Maybe he recognises the sample from the original song, “You got what I need” performed by singer/songwriter Freddie Scott in 1968.

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Stranger Drive You A Home was developed at Wieden+Kennedy, Portland, by executive creative directors Mark Fitzloff and Susan Hoffman, creative director Joe Staples, copywriter Ian Fairbrother, art directors Jimm Lasser and Max Erdenberger, agency executive producer Ben Grylewicz, agency producer Hayley Goggin, associate producers Natalie Montgomery and Juliana Montgomery.

Filming was shot by director Stacy Wall via Epoch Films, New York, with executive producers Mindy Goldberg, Doug Halbert and Charlie Cocuzza and producer Timory King.

Post production was done at The Whitehouse Post by editor Lisa Gunning, assistant editors Rachael Connelly and Eileen Miraglia, producer Justin Kumpata, executive producer John Myers, VFX producer Casey Conroy, night-time producer Steve Tiseo, online editors/Flame artists Brian Shneider and Shelly Dutcher.

Audio post production was done at Lime Studios by Loren Silber.

Music, “Just A Friend” by Biz Markie, was licensed at Agoraphone by music supervisor Beth Urdang.