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TGIF Rock-n-Roll Oldies: THE CARS - 1984/85
Reaganite Republican ^ | July 1, 2011 | Reaganite Republican

Posted on 07/01/2011 9:33:50 AM PDT by Reaganite Republican


The Cars were a trailblazing pop band who's beat-and-guitar driven rock n roll added synthesizers in a way that created a foundation for the 80s New Wave scene that was to come.

The first album -1978's The Cars- was a smash hit for the Boston-based group that promptly went platinum. That debut has been lauded as a "genuine rock masterpiece" by allmusic, with songs such as "Just What I Needed" "Best Friend's Girl"
"Let the Good Times Roll", and "Bye Bye Love".

After six albums and four Top Ten hits in the US, the band broke up in 1988. Sadly, singer/bassist Benjamin Orr -a close friend to fellow Cars founder Ric Ocasek- passed away far too young in 2000. Following that, Ocasek often said there would never be a Cars reunion, so by 2005 guitarist Elliott Easton and keyboard player Greg Hawkes instead hooked-up with Todd Rundgren and Kashim Sultan (fmr Meat Loaf/Rundgren's Utopia) to form a cleverly-named spin-off band -The New Cars- who toured with classic Cars and Rundgren tunes in addition to some new collaborative compositions.

But as overplayed as they were for so long, The Cars are still one of the few bands it's hard to tire of hearing, at least in my case. The epitome of power pop... what originality and fun!
If you're a rock fan that can somehow manage to be unhappy when The Cars are playing there's something seriously wrong with you.
 
Myself, I'll always hold them dear, as this band 
really made that first summer with my Camaro in '79... couldn't play them loud enough, or often enough.

The Cars also ruled MTV in that era, with hugely popular videos like "You Might Think I'm Crazy", which specifically won Video of the Year honors on the cable music channel.


Band leader Ric Ocasek -son of a NASA engineer- also appeared in Jon Waters' cult film Hairspray, has put out a number of solo albums, and today produces bands such as Weezer and No Doubt. He has been married to the ever-lovely Paulina Porizkova for over 20 years, who he met on the set while shooting the video for "Drive" in 1984, in which the supermodel starred. (clip below). 

But to the surprise of many, just last month a new Cars album
-the first in 24 years- was released. Seems that Mr Ocasek had a change of heart last year, and the surviving members began practicing and composing for a new album: Move Like This.
It's been met with a decent critical reception, if not commercially. I myself have only heard one track -Sad Song- really not bad at all, though- and real Cars all the way, right down to the hand claps. The band is touring again, too... dates -here-


Let the good times roll indeed- remember when bands actually had some sense of humor and sang fun songs about cool cars and beautiful women?  What a contrast to most of the caustic rubbish you hear today. Who needs angry pierced-n-stamped 'outcasts' like Pink or Eminem whining about their childhood and what victims they are? To hell with them, if I want to get depressed I'll listen to George Jones-


The Cars: Tonight She Comes - 1985


The Cars: Drive - 1984


Links/video/more at Reaganite Republican
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Previous RR Rock n Roll Oldies features -here-




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1 posted on 07/01/2011 9:33:56 AM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican

The new album is excellent; harks back to their early new wave days, not so much their more polished (ie: often overproduced) later stuff.


2 posted on 07/01/2011 9:38:01 AM PDT by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: JennysCool

Thanks for the tip...I’ll have to grab it. Loved The Cars back in the day, and still throw their CD’s on from time to time. Great article.


3 posted on 07/01/2011 9:45:29 AM PDT by Mich Patriot (A government agency is the closest thing to eternal life you'll ever see on Earth. RReagan)
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To: Reaganite Republican

I love, love, love The Cars.


4 posted on 07/01/2011 9:45:47 AM PDT by Explorer89 (And now, let the wild rumpus start!!)
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To: Reaganite Republican

I always have liked this band... both for their music and for choosing to use a Vargas pin-up girl on their second album’s dust jacket. ;-)


5 posted on 07/01/2011 9:50:23 AM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: JennysCool

“I don’t mind you coming here”


6 posted on 07/01/2011 9:51:20 AM PDT by Zeneta (Why are so many people searching for something that has already found us ?)
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To: Reaganite Republican
The Cars aren't “oldies”...why, I remember buying their albums when I was in high school!
7 posted on 07/01/2011 9:53:39 AM PDT by baltodog (R.I.P. Balto: 2001(?) - 2005)
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To: Reaganite Republican

One of the few bands that everyone seemed to dig, from soccer moms to coke dealers. The Cars are great. If only all the crap bands from the 80’s had as much edge as the Cars.

Freegards


8 posted on 07/01/2011 9:56:42 AM PDT by Ransomed
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To: Reaganite Republican

“Let the Good Times Roll” has one of the best guitar lines ever, and Ocasek’s freaky voice goes perfectly with it. I will miss Orr on the new album, since he was the voice they needed for more serious songs, like the classic Drive.


9 posted on 07/01/2011 10:02:30 AM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: baltodog

Thanks ALL, I love the band

I’m sorry baltodog, but this single I posted the video to on my site “Tonight She Comes” is the LAST Top Ten hit for the Cars on the Billboard charts... and that’s over 26 years ago!

Sounds like we’re the same age (HS 1980)... hey man, we’re old, face it lol


10 posted on 07/01/2011 10:04:24 AM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican

Any time an album is “critically acclaimed”... that’s a nice way of saying, good music that nobody is buying.


11 posted on 07/01/2011 10:08:41 AM PDT by VA_Gentleman ("Poor Al Gore. Global warming completely debunked via the very internet you invented." -Jon Stewart)
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To: Reaganite Republican

Let’s Go!!


12 posted on 07/01/2011 10:10:04 AM PDT by NeverForgetBataan (To the German Commander: ..........................NUTS !)
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To: Reaganite Republican

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEkGqb2wu5k

Candy-O live in a Bremen, Germany radio studio in 1979.


13 posted on 07/01/2011 10:11:12 AM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: Reaganite Republican

RIP Benjamin Orr. Th3e band was one of the best. Since it seems they are reunited, I’ll have to check out the latest album.


14 posted on 07/01/2011 10:13:08 AM PDT by Mozilla
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To: Reaganite Republican

I like The Cars, but my view is that their success was the beginning of the end for rock ‘n roll. After The Cars, producers kept looking for different new styles.


15 posted on 07/01/2011 10:13:39 AM PDT by kidd
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To: Snickering Hound
Candy-O is one of my favorite albums. It is rare to find an album that doesn't have a single bad song on it.

Dangerous Type

16 posted on 07/01/2011 10:17:23 AM PDT by Hoodat (Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. - (Rom 8:37))
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To: baltodog

My 19 year old daughter just now told ME, to check out ZZ Top, La Grange.


17 posted on 07/01/2011 10:21:03 AM PDT by Zeneta (Why are so many people searching for something that has already found us ?)
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To: Reaganite Republican

I too graduated in 1980 and remember hearing “Let’s Go” for the first thinking “That is a kick-ass song.” I have loved The Cars ever since.

My very favorite Cars song is “Bye Bye Love.” It’s one of those songs I could listen to over and over and over and over and...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iR6GDGoiO8Y


18 posted on 07/01/2011 10:22:42 AM PDT by FortWorthPatriot (Obama is no Hitler; Hitler got the Olympics)
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To: Zeneta

19 posted on 07/01/2011 10:24:51 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: AngelesCrestHighway
Awesome

She's working on an artistic idea using “pink Flamingos” with a ZZ Top theme.

20 posted on 07/01/2011 10:40:44 AM PDT by Zeneta (Why are so many people searching for something that has already found us ?)
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To: Zeneta
LOL my 13 year old daughter loves the song "Dancing in the Moonlight" by Alyson Stoner. I told her that she was singing a remake of a song that came out when I was 10 years old. I pulled up a YouTube video of the King Harvest version and she seemed to like the original version better!


21 posted on 07/01/2011 10:41:23 AM PDT by FortWorthPatriot (Obama is no Hitler; Hitler got the Olympics)
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To: FortWorthPatriot

Parenting is so much fun !!!!


22 posted on 07/01/2011 10:44:19 AM PDT by Zeneta (Why are so many people searching for something that has already found us ?)
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To: JennysCool

I downloaded their new album from Amazon a few weeks ago. I was actually surprised how much I did like it.


23 posted on 07/01/2011 10:46:25 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Join the AFL-CIO. The Communist Party needs new blood.)
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To: Zeneta

Yes. Yes, it is. And I love every minute of it. :)

I think the best thing from this is she appears to have taste in music similar to mine. I’ve already got her singing “Carry On Wayward Son” - she loves the “don’t you cry no more” line.


24 posted on 07/01/2011 10:49:01 AM PDT by FortWorthPatriot (Obama is no Hitler; Hitler got the Olympics)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway
This is the "strike a pose" I think she is looking for.

It's from the "Legs" video, but I know there is a close up from maybe another video.

Photobucket

25 posted on 07/01/2011 10:49:01 AM PDT by Zeneta (Why are so many people searching for something that has already found us ?)
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To: FortWorthPatriot

It’s so cool.

“Don’t you cry no more”

That has got to break your heart.

It does mine.


26 posted on 07/01/2011 10:55:41 AM PDT by Zeneta (Why are so many people searching for something that has already found us ?)
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To: Reaganite Republican

Like!


27 posted on 07/01/2011 10:58:40 AM PDT by manic4organic (We won. Get over it.)
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To: FortWorthPatriot

What was amazing for me was when she started telling me about certain songs and bands that she found on her own.

Blue oyster cult, for example. one of my favorite bands growing up that I NEVER played for her.

My daughter is so much like me it’s scary.


28 posted on 07/01/2011 11:02:34 AM PDT by Zeneta (Why are so many people searching for something that has already found us ?)
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To: Reaganite Republican

Great news!

I still have my Cars albums and occasionally hook up the turntable and listen the old fashioned way, snaps, pops and all. I’ll have to check Amazon tonight for the new album.

Ping to myself.


29 posted on 07/01/2011 11:10:14 AM PDT by dangerdoc (see post #6)
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To: FortWorthPatriot
I too graduated in 1980 and remember hearing “Let’s Go” for the first thinking “That is a kick-ass song.” I have loved The Cars ever since.

Here's a great version from "The Midnight Special" TV show circa. 1979.

Let's Go

I didn't realize Orr provided the vocals on this one as well.

30 posted on 07/01/2011 11:16:31 AM PDT by Gena Bukin
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To: Reaganite Republican

The video at the link is CLASSIC. Thanks.


31 posted on 07/01/2011 11:16:49 AM PDT by chemicalman (The more support I see,the harder I want to work,and the more determined I am not to let folks down.)
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To: Reaganite Republican

Wow. Reading “oldies” and “The Cars” in the same sentence really makes me feel ... old.


32 posted on 07/01/2011 11:19:33 AM PDT by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: Reaganite Republican

The Cars? Oldies?

Crap. I’m old.

Does this stuff sound to my kid the way Buddy Holly did to me when I was his age?


33 posted on 07/01/2011 11:21:31 AM PDT by FLAMING DEATH (Are you better off than you were $4 trillion ago?)
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To: al_c

You beat me to it.

RE: Post 32


34 posted on 07/01/2011 11:23:00 AM PDT by FLAMING DEATH (Are you better off than you were $4 trillion ago?)
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To: Reaganite Republican
Cars' lead guitarist Elliot Easton posts frequently over at the Les Paul Forum where he's just a regular dude who loves Gibson guitars and happened to have enjoyed some success in the music business a long time ago.
35 posted on 07/01/2011 11:23:09 AM PDT by Gena Bukin
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To: Zeneta
My 19 year old daughter just now told ME, to check out ZZ Top, La Grange.

They got a lot o' nice girls there.

Truer words were never spoken. I married my bride in La Grange in 1992. And before anyone asks .... no, not at the Chicken Ranch. ;-)

36 posted on 07/01/2011 11:23:52 AM PDT by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: al_c

My daughter is still a VIRGIN.

I think


37 posted on 07/01/2011 11:26:25 AM PDT by Zeneta (Why are so many people searching for something that has already found us ?)
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To: FLAMING DEATH
You beat me to it.

Yep ... I guess we're old. Dang, when did that happen?!

38 posted on 07/01/2011 11:26:29 AM PDT by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: Zeneta

Congrats! What’s your secret? I’m raising two daughters.


39 posted on 07/01/2011 11:27:35 AM PDT by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: al_c

Fear ?

Trust.

Truth.

Honor.

I think I’m very very lucky.

I need to go and thank God right now.


40 posted on 07/01/2011 11:30:26 AM PDT by Zeneta (Why are so many people searching for something that has already found us ?)
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To: kidd

Talking Heads and Blondie very influential, but to me when bands like Zeppelin brought in synthesizers and wrote poppier songs like “All of my Love” THAT was the end

There was still room in the 80s for a decent rock band... look at Dire Straights, no New Wave there


41 posted on 07/01/2011 11:31:53 AM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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To: al_c

I am doing ZZ Top next week, actually... will post it here Friday 8th

Been doing these oldies weekly for a couple years now


42 posted on 07/01/2011 11:33:24 AM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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To: dangerdoc

I never stopped since the first time I heard em, got all the vinyl up to 85 too ha


43 posted on 07/01/2011 11:39:36 AM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican

Class of ‘80 here too. The Cars is another of those bands I didn’t care for much at the time, but which has grown on me since. My younger brother was big fan though and played them all the time, The Cars and Cheap Trick.


44 posted on 07/01/2011 12:21:24 PM PDT by GATOR NAVY ("The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen." -Dennis Prager)
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To: Zeneta

And my 18 yo nephew told me about Tin House- produced by Edgar Winter, raving about the “rock” sound. Could not tell him I knew all about em.

Want to feel old? What if you played in a rival band back in the day, prior to these guys getting a contract (group named Marshmellow Steamshovel,for God’s sake— 70’s) with Epic, produced by Edgar Winter. Guitarist in the group Floyd Radford, went on to play several years with Edgar and then Johnny Winter- killer player... and then quit to get an engineering degree and a real job. Now back in the clubs some, and still killer. We were 17 and 18.

Enjoy the 70’s analog recording 16 track, before someone ruined rocking:
“Be Good and Be Kind” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-53lFs9pm0&feature=related

Then, Floyd playing live with Johhny:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wckVfP2Efjc

And the 2009 club revival with Floyd in Orlando:
Rock n Roll Hoochie Koo (on a camera quality)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkCYsX38h9E&feature=related

Old but young- Happy Independence Day!


45 posted on 07/01/2011 12:21:58 PM PDT by John S Mosby (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: Hoodat

That and My Best Friend’s Girl are my favorites. Both remind me of girls I dated around that time.


46 posted on 07/01/2011 12:27:38 PM PDT by packrat35 (America is rapidly becoming a police state that East Germany could be proud of!)
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To: Hoodat

I think the first 2 Cars albums had every song good on them.


47 posted on 07/01/2011 12:29:08 PM PDT by packrat35 (America is rapidly becoming a police state that East Germany could be proud of!)
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To: packrat35
I remember a girl asking me to go to a Cars concert with her in High School, I passed because I never heard of them. plus she was kind of into the punk style but cute. A year later they were one of my favorite bands, she became real good looking. I messed up.

Got the Cars download pac for RockBand (PS3), my 17 daughter loves their songs.

48 posted on 07/01/2011 12:44:32 PM PDT by NoDRodee (U>S>M>C)
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To: John S Mosby
That is so cool.

The Winter brothers talent has never been fully appreciated.

In addition to Edgar Winter, my favorite guitarist are: Adrian Belew Robert Fripp David Gilmour Frank Zappa Hendrix And as much as I hate to say it: Neil Young and Elvis Costello

49 posted on 07/01/2011 1:03:51 PM PDT by Zeneta (Why are so many people searching for something that has already found us ?)
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To: John S Mosby

Oh, BTW,

The greatest live album ever:

Well it’s a tie:

Made in Japan. Deep Purple

One for the road. The Kinks


50 posted on 07/01/2011 1:18:17 PM PDT by Zeneta (Why are so many people searching for something that has already found us ?)
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