The Cars

The Cars



The Cars are an American rock band that emerged from the new wave scene in the late 1970s. The band originated in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1976, with singer, rhythm guitarist, and songwriter Ric Ocasek; singer, songwriter and bassist Benjamin Orr; lead guitarist Elliot Easton; keyboardist Greg Hawkes; and drummer David Robinson.

The Cars were at the forefront in merging 1970s guitar-oriented rock with the new synthesizer-oriented pop that was then becoming popular and which would flourish in the early 1980s. Robert Palmer, music critic for The New York Times and Rolling Stone, described the Cars' musical style by saying: "they have taken some important but disparate contemporary trends—punk minimalism, the labyrinthine synthesizer and guitar textures of art rock, the '50s rockabilly revival and the melodious terseness of power pop—and mixed them into a personal and appealing blend."[1]

The Cars were named "Best New Artist" in the 1978 Rolling Stone Readers' Poll and won "Video of the Year" for "You Might Think" at the first MTV Video Music Awards in 1984. Their debut album, The Cars, sold six million copies and appeared on the Billboard 200 album chart for 139 weeks. As of 2001, the Cars have sold over 23 million albums in the United States.

The band broke up in 1988, and Ocasek later discouraged talk of a reunion.[2] 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 original surviving members reunited in 2010 to record a new album, Move Like This, which was released in May 2011, followed by a short tour.[3]

In 2017, they were announced as inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for 2018, and will reunite once more to perform at the induction ceremony on April 14, 2018.[4]



Shooting For You
Shooting For You is a song by musical group The Cars, released on June 16, 2017.
Live at The Agora, 1978
Live at The Agora, 1978 is an album by musical group The Cars, released on April 22, 2017.
"Drive" is a 1984 song by The Cars, the third single from the band's Heartbeat City album released in March 1984 and their biggest international hit.
Move Like This
Move Like This is the seventh, and, to date, final studio album by American rock band The Cars, released on May 10, 2011.

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Popular Songs43

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Video Game References1

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Awards & Nominations3


Band Members5

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News Articles5

The Cars lead singer’s pit stop at BGSU recalled
  –  April 14, 2018
More than just an urban legend, Bowling Green State University’s links to the band The Cars, whose members are being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame today, are seen in the music and memorabilia in the Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound ...
After a long wait, the Cars enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  –  April 11, 2018
So was Elvis Costello. Few bands have synched with their times quite like the Cars, even if music institutions have been slow to acknowledge it. In a compact, decade-long career, the band’s crafty, quirky New Wave sound produced more than a dozen Top 40 ...
Of '70s And '80s Acclaim In Boston, The Cars Drive Into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
  –  April 11, 2018
If sales count, The Cars can boast selling more than 20 million albums in America and notching 13 Top 40 singles from their seven albums, four of which went top 10. Musically, the sleek, Roxy Music-influenced band often brought a detached sort of cool ...
The Cars In The Studio For 40th Anniversary
  –  April 6, 2018
allowing The Cars to be a versatile hybrid crossover with all-terrain vocals; the insistent industrial beat by former Modern Lovers drummer David Robinson; the quirky, campy, reedy organ and synthesizer of Berklee School of Music grad Greg Hawkes ...
Watch ‘Superfly’ Trailer for ‘the Hair, the Fashion, the Women and the Cars’ (Video)
  –  March 23, 2018
The 1972 blaxploitation classic “Super Fly” has been reimagined into a new feature film, whose first trailer promises to satisfy fans looking for “the hair, the fashion, the women and the cars ... and Rihanna on their music videos, directs ...


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