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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

Have a great weekend, FReeper patriots... and may God Bless America

allmusic   NNBD   Wikipedia   Consequence of Sound

Previous RR Rock n Roll Oldies features -here-

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To: Zeneta

Kinks edges out DP here

But what about “Get Yer Ya Yas Out”

Best ever, tho just a single LP


51 posted on 07/01/2011 2:26:25 PM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican
You want to relate a classic live performance to the world we live in. And yes, The Kinks, One for the Road, is the Best live recording ever.

Check out Ray Davies commentary in this live version of "20th Century Man"

52 posted on 07/01/2011 3:16:51 PM PDT by Zeneta (Why are so many people searching for something that has already found us ?)
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To: Zeneta

Adrian Belew is awesome, and I’m always puzzled why his name doesn’t come up more on various “100 greatest guitarist” lists. His solo stuff, King Crimson, studio and tour work with Zappa, Talking Heads, Bowie, etc. is great stuff. I only saw him live once, about 25 years ago with The Bears at a bar in north San Diego County.

53 posted on 07/01/2011 5:58:33 PM PDT by GATOR NAVY ("The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen." -Dennis Prager)
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To: Reaganite Republican

Their best song is “Moving in Stereo”, the fact that it also was the song that played when Phoebe Cates showed her tatas in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” didn’t hurt.

54 posted on 07/01/2011 6:05:14 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Zeneta

Live at Leeds is the greatest Live Album, ever.

55 posted on 07/01/2011 6:06:30 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Zeneta

Will do Z, I am surely a fan, right down
to Schoolboys in Disgrace later, even Dave Davies’
solo stuff like Death of a Clown

Been listening to ‘em for 30 yrs- I did a post on “Plastic Man” too, largely unknown in the US- fun video clip too:

Enjoy your weekend-

56 posted on 07/02/2011 4:49:11 AM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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To: dfwgator

Right on, ha ha

Seen that flick ten times, though not much of a fan of Spicoli in real life lol

57 posted on 07/02/2011 4:50:23 AM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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