Theme Times – The Cars #1

Theme of The Week Directory

This week we look at The Cars Requested by magnoliajem

The Cars – 1976 – 1988 * 2010 – 2011 One Off Reunion 2018

22 of the Best Songs

How Magnoliajem came to choose The Cars over her other favourite band, The Beatles …

… “Are you trying to make my mind blow a gasket? Let’s see….The Cars were inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in April, so the Fanorama has been looking at 2018 as the year of the Cars. Also, a book, “Let’s Go: A Biography of The Cars’ Benjamin Orr” by Joe Milliken will be published in November. Being featured for TOTW might just help build potential readership. OK. I vote for Cars.”

MJ July 2018

The Cars were 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 flourished 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.”

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. 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.

In April 2018, The Cars were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and reunited once more to perform at the induction ceremony.


The Cars 1976 – 1988 Part 1

“Bye Bye Love” 1978

“My Best Friend’s Girl” 1978

“Dangerous Type” 1979

“Let’s Go” 1979

“Since You’re Gone” 1981

That’s all for today folks! More on Thursday

This week we look at The Cars Requested by magnoliajem

7 thoughts on “Theme Times – The Cars #1

  1. Thank you so very much, Rory! One other small request? Could you please correct the spelling of my name? it’s one word, all lower case: magnoliajem. Thanks!

  2. Loving this, Rory! FYI — The “Best Friend’s Girl” video was, I believe, filmed at the debut album release party. I hadn’t seen this particular one before. It opens with them walking to the stage, & you can see their excitement. During the performance, even usually dour Ric can’t contain his grins.

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