History Music / TheCars

20th May '16 7:49:51 PM HasturHasturHastur
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* AntiLoveSong: "Just What I Needed", where the protagonist is perfectly okay with a friends-with-benefits setup because neither party carries feelings towards the other or is in danger of developing them, allowing them to continue to have casual sex without things getting complicated.
7th Feb '16 7:32:48 AM Freshmeat
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They took a break in '82; Ric and Greg released solo albums. They reunited in '83, and after eight months of studio tweaking with producer Creator/RobertJohnMuttLange, released their MagnumOpus, ''Heartbeat City'', in early '84. With this album, they nearly completely ditched their PowerPop tendencies and instead went for high-energy, synth-laden high-tech but still rocking [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]]. Five songs were Top 40 hits, the ballad "Drive" was their highest-charting hit at #3 ({{Prince}}'s "Let's Go Crazy" kept them from #1), and MTV put the videos for "You Might Think", "Magic", and "Drive" into heavy rotation. They performed at Live Aid, and were superstars... [[FifteenMinutesOfFame for about two years]].

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They took a break in '82; Ric and Greg released solo albums. They reunited in '83, and after eight months of studio tweaking with producer Creator/RobertJohnMuttLange, released their MagnumOpus, ''Heartbeat City'', City'' in early '84. With this album, they nearly completely ditched their PowerPop tendencies and instead went for high-energy, synth-laden high-tech but still rocking [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]]. Five songs were Top 40 hits, the ballad "Drive" was their highest-charting hit at #3 ({{Prince}}'s "Let's Go Crazy" kept them from #1), and MTV put the videos for "You Might Think", "Magic", and "Drive" into heavy rotation. They performed at Live Aid, and were superstars... [[FifteenMinutesOfFame for about two years]].
31st Jan '16 1:13:03 PM MarkLungo
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They recorded some demo tapes, which caught the ear of WBCN DJ Maxanne Sartori, giving them national exposure and leading to a deal with Elektra Records. They went to London in early 1978 to record their first album with producer Roy Thomas Baker, who had previously worked with {{Queen}}. He gave The Cars' songs the same lush multi-tracked vocal arrangements heard on "Bohemian Rhapsody", and this became a signature of their work.

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They recorded some demo tapes, which caught the ear of WBCN DJ Maxanne Sartori, giving them national exposure and leading to a deal with Elektra Records. Creator/ElektraRecords. They went to London in early 1978 to record their first album with producer Roy Thomas Baker, who had previously worked with {{Queen}}.Music/{{Queen}}. He gave The Cars' songs the same lush multi-tracked vocal arrangements heard on "Bohemian Rhapsody", and this became a signature of their work.
18th Jan '16 1:29:00 AM aye_amber
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* WordSaladLyrics: "I'm in Touch with Your World", "Gimme Some Slack", "A Dream Away", "Cruiser".

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* WordSaladLyrics: "I'm in Touch with Your World", World," "Gimme Some Slack", Slack," "A Dream Away", "Cruiser".Away," and "Cruiser."
14th Dec '15 9:58:57 PM Schroeder1174
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* CarefulWithThatAxe: The end of "Shoo-Be-Doo". Also a LastNoteNightmare.
* CoolShades: Ric. Elliot and Ben on occasion.


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* LeadingADoubleLife: "Double Life".
14th Dec '15 9:50:57 PM Schroeder1174
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** Roy Thomas Baker produced the first four albums, and RobertJohnMuttLange produced ''Heartbeat City''.
30th Aug '15 8:10:22 PM Exxolon
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->''You can't go on,\\
Thinking nothing's wrong,\\
Who's gonna drive you home tonight?''
-->"Drive"
9th Mar '15 12:15:57 PM Tonestronaut
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!The Cars provide examples of:

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!The Cars provide examples of:!Let the tropes be told, let them say what they want:
6th Mar '15 1:51:12 PM bt8257
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* RecordProducer: Ric produced ''Door to Door'' and many albums by other bands, during and after his time with The Cars. Credits include BadReligion's ''The Gray Race'', {{Weezer}}'s ''Blue'' and ''Green'' self-titled albums, and The Pink Spiders' ''Teenage Graffiti''.

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* RecordProducer: Ric produced ''Door to Door'' and many albums by other bands, during and after his time with The Cars. Credits include BadReligion's Music/BadReligion's ''The Gray Race'', {{Weezer}}'s Music/{{Weezer}}'s ''Blue'' and ''Green'' self-titled albums, and The Pink Spiders' ''Teenage Graffiti''.
6th Mar '15 1:49:10 PM bt8257
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* Benjamin Orr: Lead vocals, bass (1976-88)

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* Benjamin Orr: Lead vocals, bass (1976-88)(197688)



Ric and Ben [[VocalTagTeam share lead vocals]], and it can be hard to tell them apart. [[spoiler:Ric is the neurotic one, Ben is the sexy one.]]

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Ric and Ben [[VocalTagTeam share shared lead vocals]], and vocals]]; it can be hard to tell them apart. [[spoiler:Ric is the neurotic one, Ben is the sexy one.]]



Ben died of cancer in 2000. Ric continued his solo career, and in 2010, he put together a set of songs that he really liked. A call with Elliot led to a reunion, and ''Move Like This'' was released in May 2011. Greg and producer Jacknife Lee filled in on bass. ''Move Like This'' is a return to the sound of the first two albums.

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Ben died of pancreatic cancer in 2000. Ric continued his solo career, and in 2010, he put together a set of songs that he really liked. A call with Elliot led to a reunion, and ''Move Like This'' was released in May 2011. Greg and producer Jacknife Lee filled in on bass. ''Move Like This'' is a return to the sound of the first two albums.



* AccentUponTheWrongSyllable: Ric pronouncing "introverts" as "in-TRO-verts" on "Gimme Some Slack." Also, the way he pronounces "cement" in "Touch And Go" makes it sound like...[[JizzedInMyPants something else.]]
* {{Adorkable}}: Ric, in both voice and looks. Especially on his less-cynical songs like "Victim Of Love" and "Magic."

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* AccentUponTheWrongSyllable: Ric pronouncing "introverts" as "in-TRO-verts" on "Gimme Some Slack." Slack". Also, the way he pronounces "cement" in "Touch And Go" makes it sound like...[[JizzedInMyPants something else.]]
* {{Adorkable}}: Ric, in both voice and looks. Especially on his less-cynical songs like "Victim Of Love" and "Magic.""Magic".



* AllLowercaseLetters: the lyrics printed in each album

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* AllLowercaseLetters: the lyrics printed in each albumalbum.



* BreakupSong: A few here and there. "Since You're Gone" is one of them, and notably finds Ric doing a BobDylan impression.

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* BreakupSong: A few here and there. "Since You're Gone" is one of them, and notably finds Ric doing a BobDylan Music/BobDylan impression.



* LargeHam: Happens surprisingly often for a band often stereotyped as cold and detached. Ben hams it up on "Bye Bye Love" and "Don't Tell Me No," Ric on "You're All I've Got Tonight" and "Getting Through" (Both of those pairs of songs also happen to be consecutive on their respective albums.) ''The entire band'' turns into pure pork on "Door To Door."

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* LargeHam: Happens surprisingly often for a band often stereotyped as cold and detached. Ben hams it up on "Bye Bye Love" and "Don't Tell Me No," Ric on "You're All I've Got Tonight" and "Getting Through" (Both of those pairs of songs also happen to be consecutive on their respective albums.) ''The entire band'' turns into pure pork on "Door To Door."Door".



* MushroomSamba: A rather literal example in "I'm In Touch With Your World" with the line "I'm a psilocybin pony."

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* MushroomSamba: A rather literal example in "I'm In Touch With Your World" with the line "I'm a psilocybin pony."pony".



* WordSaladLyrics: "I'm in Touch with Your World", "Gimme Some Slack", "A Dream Away," "Cruiser".

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* WordSaladLyrics: "I'm in Touch with Your World", "Gimme Some Slack", "A Dream Away," Away", "Cruiser".
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