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The Cars

The Cars

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The Cars' 1978 self-titled debut, issued on the Elektra label, is a genuine rock masterpiece. The band jokingly referred to the album as their "true greatest-hits album," but it's no exaggeration -- all nine tracks are new wave/rock classics, still in rotation on rock radio. Whereas most bands of the late '70s embraced either punk/new wave or hard rock, the Cars were one of the first bands to do the unthinkable -- merge the two styles together. Add to it bandleader/songwriter Ric Ocasek's supreme pop sensibilities, and you had an album that appealed to new wavers, rockers, and Top 40 fans. One of the most popular new wave songs ever, "Just What I Needed," is an obvious highlight, as are such familiar hits as "Good Times Roll," "My Best Friend's Girl," and "You're All I've Got Tonight." But like most consummate rock albums, the lesser-known compositions are just as exhilarating: "Don't Cha Stop," "Bye Bye Love," "All Mixed Up," and "Moving in Stereo," the latter featured as an instrumental during a steamy scene in the popular movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High. With flawless performances, songwriting, and production (courtesy of Queen alumni Roy Thomas Baker), the Cars' debut remains one of rock's all-time classics.
© Greg Prato /TiVo

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1
Good Times Roll
00:03:45

The Cars, Main Artist - Nigel Walker, Second Engineer - Elliot Easton, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Benjamin Orr, Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals - David Robinson, Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals, Drum Programmer - Greg Hawkes, Keyboards, Percussion, Saxophone, Backing Vocals - Ric Ocasek, Lead Vocals, Writer, Rhythm Guitar - George Marino, Mastering Engineer - Roy Thomas Baker, Producer - Geoff Workman, Engineer

© 1978 Elektra Records ℗ 1978 Elektra Records

2
My Best Friend's Girl
00:03:43

The Cars, Main Artist - Nigel Walker, Second Engineer - Elliot Easton, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Benjamin Orr, Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals - David Robinson, Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals, Drum Programmer - Greg Hawkes, Keyboards, Percussion, Saxophone, Backing Vocals - Ric Ocasek, Lead Vocals, Writer, Rhythm Guitar - George Marino, Mastering Engineer - Roy Thomas Baker, Producer - Geoff Workman, Engineer

© 1978 Elektra Records ℗ 1978 Elektra Records

3
Just What I Needed
00:03:43

The Cars, Main Artist - Nigel Walker, Second Engineer - Elliot Easton, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Benjamin Orr, Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals - David Robinson, Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals, Drum Programmer - Greg Hawkes, Keyboards, Percussion, Saxophone, Backing Vocals - Ric Ocasek, Lead Vocals, Writer, Rhythm Guitar - George Marino, Mastering Engineer - Roy Thomas Baker, Producer - Geoff Workman, Engineer

© 1978 Elektra Records ℗ 1978 Elektra Records

4
I'm in Touch with Your World
00:03:30

The Cars, Main Artist - Nigel Walker, Second Engineer - Elliot Easton, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Benjamin Orr, Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals - David Robinson, Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals, Drum Programmer - Greg Hawkes, Keyboards, Percussion, Saxophone, Backing Vocals - Ric Ocasek, Lead Vocals, Writer, Rhythm Guitar - George Marino, Mastering Engineer - Roy Thomas Baker, Producer - Geoff Workman, Engineer

© 1978 Elektra Records ℗ 1978 Elektra Records

5
Don't Cha Stop
00:03:03

The Cars, Main Artist - Nigel Walker, Second Engineer - Elliot Easton, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Benjamin Orr, Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals - David Robinson, Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals, Drum Programmer - Greg Hawkes, Keyboards, Percussion, Saxophone, Backing Vocals - Ric Ocasek, Lead Vocals, Writer, Rhythm Guitar - George Marino, Mastering Engineer - Roy Thomas Baker, Producer - Geoff Workman, Engineer

© 1978 Elektra Records ℗ 1978 Elektra Records

6
You're All I've Got Tonight
00:04:13

The Cars, Main Artist - Nigel Walker, Second Engineer - Elliot Easton, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Benjamin Orr, Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals - David Robinson, Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals, Drum Programmer - Greg Hawkes, Keyboards, Percussion, Saxophone, Backing Vocals - Ric Ocasek, Lead Vocals, Writer, Rhythm Guitar - George Marino, Mastering Engineer - Roy Thomas Baker, Producer - Geoff Workman, Engineer

© 1978 Elektra Records ℗ 1978 Elektra Records

7
Bye Bye Love
00:04:12

The Cars, Main Artist - Nigel Walker, Second Engineer - Elliot Easton, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Benjamin Orr, Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals - David Robinson, Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals, Drum Programmer - Greg Hawkes, Keyboards, Percussion, Saxophone, Backing Vocals - Ric Ocasek, Lead Vocals, Writer, Rhythm Guitar - George Marino, Mastering Engineer - Roy Thomas Baker, Producer - Geoff Workman, Engineer

© 1978 Elektra Records ℗ 1978 Elektra Records

8
Moving in Stereo
00:04:43

The Cars, Main Artist - Nigel Walker, Second Engineer - Elliot Easton, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Benjamin Orr, Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals - David Robinson, Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals, Drum Programmer - Greg Hawkes, Keyboards, Percussion, Saxophone, Backing Vocals, Writer - Ric Ocasek, Lead Vocals, Writer, Rhythm Guitar - George Marino, Mastering Engineer - Roy Thomas Baker, Producer - Geoff Workman, Engineer

© 1978 Elektra Records ℗ 1978 Elektra Records

9
All Mixed Up
00:04:14

The Cars, Main Artist - Nigel Walker, Second Engineer - Elliot Easton, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Benjamin Orr, Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals - David Robinson, Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals, Drum Programmer - Greg Hawkes, Keyboards, Percussion, Saxophone, Backing Vocals - Ric Ocasek, Lead Vocals, Writer, Rhythm Guitar - George Marino, Mastering Engineer - Roy Thomas Baker, Producer - Geoff Workman, Engineer

© 1978 Elektra Records ℗ 1978 Elektra Records

Album Description

The Cars' 1978 self-titled debut, issued on the Elektra label, is a genuine rock masterpiece. The band jokingly referred to the album as their "true greatest-hits album," but it's no exaggeration -- all nine tracks are new wave/rock classics, still in rotation on rock radio. Whereas most bands of the late '70s embraced either punk/new wave or hard rock, the Cars were one of the first bands to do the unthinkable -- merge the two styles together. Add to it bandleader/songwriter Ric Ocasek's supreme pop sensibilities, and you had an album that appealed to new wavers, rockers, and Top 40 fans. One of the most popular new wave songs ever, "Just What I Needed," is an obvious highlight, as are such familiar hits as "Good Times Roll," "My Best Friend's Girl," and "You're All I've Got Tonight." But like most consummate rock albums, the lesser-known compositions are just as exhilarating: "Don't Cha Stop," "Bye Bye Love," "All Mixed Up," and "Moving in Stereo," the latter featured as an instrumental during a steamy scene in the popular movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High. With flawless performances, songwriting, and production (courtesy of Queen alumni Roy Thomas Baker), the Cars' debut remains one of rock's all-time classics.
© Greg Prato /TiVo

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