The Cars – Photo of The Week!
Highly creative, simple, fun songs by highly talented good time musicians. The Cars were the definition of “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” Together they are the perfect package. For a lot of us, “The Cars” were a big part of our teen years. By combining elements of more traditional guitar-based rock with the synthesizer-heavy beats of late 1970’s pop, they helped define New Wave music for a generation.
They also had a punk sensibility to their music along the lines of the Velvet Underground. Either way, this Boston based quintet racks up a string of platinum albums and Top 40 singles. Making them one of the most successful American new wave bands of the late ’70s and early ’80s. This Photo of them is a stock photo of the band.
Who Were The Cars?
The Cars consist of singer, rhythm guitarist, and songwriter Ric Ocasek, singer and bassist Benjamin Orr, lead guitarist Elliot Easton. Along with keyboardist Greg Hawkes, and David Robinson on the drums. The seed for the band is planted when Ocasek meets Orr in Cleveland during the 1960’s. The two, after relocating to Boston, go on to form a folky, harmony-rich band in the style of Crosby, Stills and Nash called “Milkwood.” After attempting to find success with Milkwood and several other rock bands, Ocasek and Orr finally join up with Easton, Hawkes, and Robinson to form “The Cars.”
“Just What I Needed” receives heavy airplay in the band’s hometown of Boston before spreading to the national airwaves on the radio. The song is the first single from the band’s debut album and is easily one of The Cars’ catchiest songs. The lead vocalist on the track is Orr. The opening stop-time staccato guitar riff is instantly recognizable, and the song features the band’s trademark combination of synth-goofiness and guitar edge.
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Photo Credits: The Cars – AA9FM9 – Alamy / Photographer: Pictorial Press