The Cars

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The Cars are an American rock band that emerged from the new wave scene in the late 1970s. The band originated in Boston, Massachusetts, with lead singer, rhythm guitarist and songwriter Ric Ocasek, lead singer and bassist Benjamin Orr, lead guitarist Elliot Easton, keyboardist Greg Hawkes and drummer David Robinson. They were signed to Elektra Records by George Daly, then A&R head, in 1977.

The Cars were at the forefront in merging 1970s guitar-oriented rock with the new synth-oriented pop that was then becoming popular and which would flourish in the early 1980s. The Cars started fresh with their debut album The Cars which went on to go platinum in late 1978. The Cars' debut album was called a "genuine rock masterpiece" by AllMusic, and was propelled by the success of "Just What I Needed" which had helped get the band signed by Elektra Records.

The band broke up in 1988, and Ocasek had always discouraged talk of a reunion since then, telling one interviewer in 1997 "I'm saying never and you can count on that." Bassist Benjamin Orr died in 2000 from pancreatic cancer. In 2005, Easton and Hawkes joined with Todd Rundgren to form a spin-off band, The New Cars, which performed classic Cars and Rundgren songs alongside new material. The surviving original members reunited in 2010 to record a new album, titled Move Like This, which was released May 10, 2011, and a tour to start on the same day.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1978 The Cars 4.5 7
1979 Candy-O 3.5 7
1980 Panorama 2 3
1981 Shake It Up 3 5
1984 Heartbeat City 4.5 7
1987 Door to Door 2
2011 Move Like This 1 4

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1985 The Cars Greatest Hits 2.5 6
1995 Just What I Needed: The Cars Anthology 1
2001 Shake It Up and Other Hits 1
2002 Complete Greatest Hits 1
2002 The Definitive 1
2005 The Essentials 1
2014 Studio Album Collection: 1978-1987 1
The Very Best of The Cars 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
2006 Unlocked - The Live Performances 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1978 Good Times Roll 1
1978 Just What I Needed 1
1978 My Best Friend's Girl 1
1979 Let's Go 1
1982 Since You're Gone 2
1984 Drive 1
1984 Hello Again 1
1985 Tonight She Comes 1

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