Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

1978 saw the arrival of The Cars. Their self-titled debut album took over the radio that year in a big way, filling our ears with this fresh sound that was called New Wave. Less angry than punk, but big on keyboards and pop savvy production, The Cars had big hits and deeper cuts that all sounded great in, well…cars! Ric Ocasek wrote all these killer hooks and shared lead vocal duties with Benjamin Orr, who also supplied bass guitar. Elliot Easton played these quirky and memorable guitar solos that were short but effective. Greg Hawkes was in charge of keyboards and sound effects, and David Robinson played drums and handled art direction. There isn’t a weak track on the album, but my personal favorites are Bye Bye Love, Moving In Stereo, Just What I Needed, My Best Friend’s Girl, and All Mixed Up. These songs all still sound amazing 40 years down the road. The Cars were built to last. That’s good old American craftsmanship!

Written By Braddon S. Williams

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