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18th Jan '18 2:13:29 PM bt8257
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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 ''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]].

They released a best-of in '85, with one new song, "Tonight She Comes". They took another break in '86; Ric, Ben, and Elliot released solo albums. They reunited in '87. ''Door to Door'', produced by Ocasek, brought them back to their roots as an early New Wave band with a lot of [[PunkRock Punk]] influences. They tried to get away from the mechanical sounds of their previous albums, but they didn't make it. Critics panned it, and sales were modest, nothing compared to ''Heartbeat City''. The tour was difficult, with the band drifting apart and a lot of empty seats at each venue. It was enough to give Ric a [[HeroicBSOD nervous breakdown]], and so The Cars broke up for what appeared to be the last time in February 1988. 1995's best-of and rarities collection ''Just What I Needed'' was intended to be the final nail in the coffin. But the band members remained friends, ready to reunite any time Ric was ready.

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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 ''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]].{{New Wave|Music}}. 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]].

They released a best-of in '85, with one new song, "Tonight She Comes". They took another break in '86; Ric, Ben, and Elliot released solo albums. They reunited in '87. ''Door to Door'', produced by Ocasek, brought them back to their roots as an early New Wave band with a lot of [[PunkRock Punk]] {{Punk|Rock}} influences. They tried to get away from the mechanical sounds of their previous albums, but they didn't make it. Critics panned it, and sales were modest, nothing compared to ''Heartbeat City''. The tour was difficult, with the band drifting apart and a lot of empty seats at each venue. It was enough to give Ric a [[HeroicBSOD nervous breakdown]], and so The Cars broke up for what appeared to be the last time in February 1988. 1995's best-of and rarities collection ''Just What I Needed'' was intended to be the final nail in the coffin. But the band members remained friends, ready to reunite any time Ric was ready.



* MrFanservice: Benjamin Orr. Seriously go onto YouTube and look at most of the comments which are about his looks.

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* MrFanservice: Benjamin Orr. Seriously Seriously, go onto YouTube and look at most Website/YouTube. Most of the comments which are about his looks.
18th Jan '18 2:04:10 PM bt8257
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* BiTheWay: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ci7z6_auVQA Ric.]]

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* BiTheWay: [[http://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ci7z6_auVQA Ric.]]



* ConspicuousCG: The music video for ''You Might Think''. Justified that it was in 1984; CGI was relatively new at the time, and it is one of the first music videos to use CGI.

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* ConspicuousCG: The music video for ''You "You Might Think''.Think". Justified that it was in 1984; CGI was relatively new at the time, and it is one of the first music videos to use CGI.
18th Jan '18 2:02:27 PM bt8257
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One of the most successful American [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]][=/=]PowerPop bands, and a pioneer in distilling the various strains of New Wave into something that was both progressive and accessible.

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One of the most successful American [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]][=/=]PowerPop {{New Wave|Music}}[=/=]PowerPop bands, and a pioneer in distilling the various strains of New Wave into something that was both progressive and accessible.
22nd Nov '17 5:02:40 PM bt8257
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* {{Adorkable}}: Ric, in both voice and looks. Especially on his less-cynical songs like "Victim Of Love" and "Magic". He practically [[UrExample invented]] the de facto "dork rock" look that would take off in the '90s.

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* {{Adorkable}}: Ric, in both voice and looks. Especially on his less-cynical songs like "Victim Of of Love" and "Magic". He practically [[UrExample invented]] the de facto "dork rock" look that would take took off in the '90s.
22nd Nov '17 5:01:55 PM bt8257
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* 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]].

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* AcCENTUponTheWrongSylLABle: Ric pronouncing "introverts" as "in-TRO-verts" on "Gimme Some Slack". Also, the way he pronounces "cement" in "Touch And and Go" makes it sound like...[[JizzedInMyPants something else]].



* ConspicuousCG: The music video for ''You Might Think''. Justified that it was 1984 when CGI was relatively new at the time, and this is one of the first music videos to use CGI.

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* ConspicuousCG: The music video for ''You Might Think''. Justified that it was 1984 when in 1984; CGI was relatively new at the time, and this it is one of the first music videos to use CGI.



* 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 whole band'' turns into pure pork on "Door To to Door".



* LongRunnerLineUp: Type A's logical extension. Formed in 1976, the five members never changed until their breakup in 1988. If the Orr-less lineup lasts to 2020, it will be a Type D.

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* LongRunnerLineUp: Type A's logical extension.1's {{logical extreme}}. Formed in 1976, the five members never changed until their breakup in 1988. If the Orr-less lineup lasts to 2020, it will be a Type D.2.



* MushroomSamba: A rather literal example in "I'm In Touch With Your World" with the line "I'm a psilocybin pony".
* NewSoundAlbum: Two in the span of two years  ''Panorama'' found them shifting from power pop-inflected new wave to frantic, Music/TalkingHeads-esque post-punk, while ''Shake It Up'' is bouncy, shiny synth-pop.

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* MushroomSamba: A rather literal example in "I'm In in Touch With Your World" with the line "I'm a psilocybin pony".
* NewSoundAlbum: Two in the span of two years  ''Panorama'' ;''Panorama'' found them shifting from power pop-inflected new wave to frantic, Music/TalkingHeads-esque post-punk, while ''Shake It Up'' is bouncy, shiny synth-pop.SynthPop.



* RecordProducer: Ric produced ''Door to Door'' and many albums by other bands, during and after his time with The Cars. Credits include Music/BadReligion's ''The Gray Race'', Music/{{Weezer}}'s ''Blue'' and ''Green'' self-titled albums, and The Pink Spiders' ''Teenage Graffiti''. [[Music/{{Queen}} Roy Thomas Baker]] produced the first four albums, and RobertJohnMuttLange produced ''Heartbeat City''.

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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 Music/BadReligion's ''The Gray Race'', Music/{{Weezer}}'s ''Blue'' and ''Green'' self-titled albums, and The Pink Spiders' ''Teenage Graffiti''. [[Music/{{Queen}} Roy Thomas Baker]] produced the first four albums, and RobertJohnMuttLange Creator/RobertJohnMuttLange produced ''Heartbeat City''.



* TitleTrack: "Candy-O", "Panorama", "Shake It Up", "Heartbeat City", "Door To Door".

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* TitleTrack: "Candy-O", "Panorama", "Shake It Up", "Heartbeat City", "Door To to Door".



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

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* WordSaladLyrics: "I'm in Touch with Your World," World", "Gimme Some Slack," Slack", "A Dream Away," Away", and "Cruiser.""Cruiser".
19th Oct '17 4:18:29 PM WilliamRadarStorm
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* LongRunnerLineUp: Type A's logical extension. Formed in 1976, the five members never changed until their breakup in 1988. If the Orr-less lineup lasts to 2020, it will be a Type D.



* SillyLoveSongs: Most of their work.

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* SillyLoveSongs: Most of their work.work are this, run through Ocasek's wry lyrics.



* VocalTagTeam

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* VocalTagTeamVocalTagTeam: Mainly between Orr and Ocasek, with the other band members providing backing vocals.
5th Aug '17 11:20:29 AM Angeldeb82
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* 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.]]

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* AccentUponTheWrongSyllable: 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.]]else]].



* [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]]: One of the genre's essential bands.

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* [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]]: {{New Wave|Music}}: One of the genre's essential bands.
30th Dec '16 12:32:31 PM TheWhistleTropes
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* FadingIntoTheNextSong: "Think It Over" to "Maybe Baby", "Coming Up You" to "Wound Up On You".

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* FadingIntoTheNextSong: "Think It Over" to "Maybe Baby", "Coming Up You" to "Wound Up On You".You", "Night Spots" to "You Can't Hold On Too Long".
30th Dec '16 11:56:25 AM TheWhistleTropes
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* LeadingADoubleLife: "Double Life".

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* LeadingADoubleLife: "Double Life".LivingADoubleLife: "[[CaptainObvious Double Life]]".
30th Dec '16 11:55:26 AM TheWhistleTropes
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* FadingIntoTheNextSong: "Moving in Stereo" to "All Mixed Up", "Think It Over" to "Maybe Baby", "Coming Up You" to "Wound Up On You".
** "Double Life" to "Shoo Be Doo" to "Candy-O."

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* FadingIntoTheNextSong: "Moving in Stereo" to "All Mixed Up", "Think It Over" to "Maybe Baby", "Coming Up You" to "Wound Up On You".
** "Bye Bye Love" to "Moving in Stereo" to "All Mixed Up", "Double Life" to "Shoo Be Doo" to "Candy-O."
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