Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Erik B., Sep 15, 2019.
It's a very unusual kind of music, that of The Cars: sounds of its time, but it is not dated at all.
I read in the Liner Notes(think it was the 'Just What I Needed' Anthology 2 CD Set), that The Cars were loved by Rock Fans and New Wave Fans in their early days, so their Music was unique in that type of Crossover Appeal.
I guess that I shouldn’t trust them then.
That debut album has the ‘80’s new wave synths — but the rock guitar edge of the ‘70s , a foot in each decade.
Thanks. I really wasn’t sure of the birthdate.
I am not sure there was ever a better 3 Songs that were Awesome and fit perfectly together as, 'You're All I Got Tonight', 'Bye Bye Love' and 'Moving in Stereo'.
This is standard Wikipedia procedure when someone dies. Seems perfectly appropriate to me.
This is the other little skit I remember from Conan. Maybe it's silly to post these, but the clips bring a smile to my face. Wish his Colbert Report appearance was on YT.
Got A Lot On My Head - Dangerous Type
Last two songs on Candy-O
It doesn't get much better than this
Ric Ocasek and Ben Orr hustled their butts off to make it in the music business. Once they hooked up with Elliot Easton, Greg Hawkes, and David Robertson it truly was magic. One of the great debuts followed by a catalog that's timeless. While the last album suffered from Orr's absence it showed that the band could still pull it off. Seemed like a cool guy who was able to laugh at himself. Truly one of the greats. Sad, sad news.
One of the amazing things about the Cars' story is how they got signed after Maxanne Sartori played their demos on 'BCN.
Think about that. A DJ at a major radio station putting an unsigned band's demos in regular rotation. That could never happen today.
Such a legacy. Thank you for it all, Ric.
The Cars really broke New Wave wide open to US audiences. They were accepted by almost everyone solidifying New Wave as the rock music force of the 1980’s. The debut was an instant classic.
I don’t know why Ric lost interest in touring but I guess he had enough cash. He certainly could have been much wealthier if he kept the Cars on the road longer. Years ago I used to see him occasionally at the Union Square Farmer’s Market with Paula and a little kid. They had an amazing townhouse nearby in Gramercy Park. Sad that he died there all alone.
Then I'm sorry.
Hard to explain the impact of that first album. The Cars were basically a poppier version of Suicide and that's 'Just What We Needed' in those arid days of Corp Rock. Thanks for everything Ric. RIP.
Brilliant man. RIP
Seen him walking about Gare de Nord ~Brüssels 1991..he stood out a mile away.
Just heard the news. I love the Cars to this day. Those first three albums were a blast of sound that defied categorization. Was it New Wave? Punk? AOR? I loved how it blended all the styles at a time when it was literally taboo to do so.
The more we hear about these visionary artists passing, the more I see my youth passing before my eyes. We'll always have the songs, and I sincerely hope this causes people to pay closer attention to the Cars, especially young folks. Because these songs are just as hooky today as they were when they first came out.
I was still pretty young in 2000 when Ben died (15), and I always thought Ric sang all the songs. Imagine my surprise when I found that they split duties and Ben sang a number of hits. Any way you slice it, both of those voices have now been silenced. My music director used to notify me when he got to schedule a Cars song because it was always something to look forward to for me. Thanks, Ric. For all the tunes.
proper forum love shown here Ric, wherever you are I hope your spirit realizes how much joy you offered this world while you were here, and that joy will go on as you explore the universe. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for songs that will be with me until I'm there with you. Love.
And of all the MTV bands that got overplayed, I never ever got tired of The Cars.
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