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The Cars
The album cover for Heartbeat City, one of The Cars' most successful and well known albums.
The album cover for Heartbeat City, one of The Cars' most successful and well known albums.
Background information
Origin Boston, Massachusetts,
USA Flag of United States
Genre(s) New Wave, Rock
Years active 1976 - 1988
Label(s) Elektra
Warner
Former members
Ric Ocasek
Benjamin Orr
Elliot Easton
Greg Hawkes
David Robinson

The Cars were an American rock band, fronted by Ric Ocasek, that emerged from the early punk scene in the late 1970s. Other members of the band were bassist Benjamin Orr, guitarist Elliot Easton, keyboardist Greg Hawkes and drummer David Robinson. They hailed from Boston, Massachusetts and were signed to Elektra Records in 1977. Cover for the album Heartbeat City by The Cars This is an album cover. ... Heartbeat City is the fifth studio album by American new wave band The Cars, released in 1984. ... Nickname: Location in Massachusetts, USA Coordinates: , Country United States State Massachusetts County Suffolk County Settled 1630 Incorporated (city) 1822 Government  - Governor Deval Patrick (D) Area  - City  89. ... Official language(s) English Capital Boston Largest city Boston Area  Ranked 44th  - Total 10,555 sq mi (27,360 km²)  - Width 183 miles (295 km)  - Length 113 miles (182 km)  - % water 13. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... New Wave is a term that has been used to describe many developments in music, but is most commonly associated with a movement in Western popular music, in the late 1970s and early 1980s inspired by the punk rock movement. ... For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Elektra Records is an American record label owned by Warner Music Group, and today operates under Atlantic Records Group. ... Warner Music Group (WMG) is one of the four major record labels. ... Ric Ocasek (born Richard Otcasek on March 23, 1949, in Baltimore, Maryland) is the former vocalist and frontman for The Cars and a producer for several other groups, including Bad Brains and Suicide. ... Benjamin Orr (1947-2000) was the bass guitar player and one of the lead writers and vocalists for the New Wave band The Cars. ... Elliot Easton Elliot Easton (born Elliot Steinberg, 18 December 1953, in Brooklyn, New York) played lead guitar and sang background vocals for The Cars. ... Greg Hawkes is one of the most influential keyboardists of the new wave era. ... David Robinson (born April 2, 1953) was a drummer for the Massachusetts bands The Modern Lovers and The Cars. ... For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ... Ric Ocasek (born Richard Otcasek on March 23, 1949, in Baltimore, Maryland) is the former vocalist and frontman for The Cars and a producer for several other groups, including Bad Brains and Suicide. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979. ... ||/ | @___oo / / / (__,,,,| ) /^) ^/ _) ) /^/ _) ) _ / / _) / )// || | )_) < > |(,,) )__) || / )___) | ____( )___) )___ ______(_______;;; __;;; A bassist is not a musician, so much as a guy or girl trying to play an instrument with four strings and a long neck. ... Benjamin Orr (1947-2000) was the bass guitar player and one of the lead writers and vocalists for the New Wave band The Cars. ... the very definition of a guitarist is cody allen and taylor hines because of there un ending guitar skills and awsomnes. ... Elliot Easton Elliot Easton (born Elliot Steinberg, 18 December 1953, in Brooklyn, New York) played lead guitar and sang background vocals for The Cars. ... A keyboardist is a musician who plays keyboard instruments. ... Greg Hawkes is one of the most influential keyboardists of the new wave era. ... A drummer in Action A drummer is a person who plays the drums, particularly the drum kit, marching percussion, or hand drums. ... David Robinson (born April 2, 1953) was a drummer for the Massachusetts bands The Modern Lovers and The Cars. ... Nickname: Location in Massachusetts, USA Coordinates: , Country United States State Massachusetts County Suffolk County Settled 1630 Incorporated (city) 1822 Government  - Governor Deval Patrick (D) Area  - City  89. ... Elektra Records is an American record label owned by Warner Music Group, and today operates under Atlantic Records Group. ... See also: 1976 in music, other events of 1977, 1978 in music, 1970s in music and the list of years in music // Queens Bohemian Rhapsody is named The Best Single Of The Last 25 Years by BPI. In this year, the St. ...


History

The Cars were at the forefront in merging 1970s guitar-oriented rock with the new synth-oriented pop that was then becoming popular and which would flower in the early 1980s. Most of the singles included an Elliot Easton guitar solo, with the sound filled out by Greg Hawkes's synthesizers and the harmonies of Easton, Robinson, and Hawkes. Lead vocals were split, with Ric Ocasek taking about 60% and Benjamin Orr taking the remaining 40%. While Ocasek was the sole lyricist and main songwriter for the band, Orr would act as frontman in live appearances. The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979. ... The term synthesiser is also used to mean frequency synthesiser, an electronic system found in communications. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Elliot Easton Elliot Easton (born Elliot Steinberg, 18 December 1953, in Brooklyn, New York) played lead guitar and sang background vocals for The Cars. ... Greg Hawkes is one of the most influential keyboardists of the new wave era. ... Ric Ocasek (born Richard Otcasek on March 23, 1949, in Baltimore, Maryland) is the former vocalist and frontman for The Cars and a producer for several other groups, including Bad Brains and Suicide. ... Benjamin Orr (1947-2000) was the bass guitar player and one of the lead writers and vocalists for the New Wave band The Cars. ...


Before The Cars, the members of the band began coming together in several early forms. Ric Ocasek and Benjamin Orr were the first to meet at a party in Columbus, Ohio, and they began performing as a duo, covering rock 'n roll classics as well as performing their own material. They refused to perform the Top 40 hits club owners expected to hear from a young band. After deciding that Boston would be a better place to break into the music business, Ocasek and Orr relocated there. It was there that they met Greg Hawkes, who had studied at the Berklee School of Music, and the three, along with lead guitarist Jas Goodkind, were the first to work together in a folk band called Milkwood. They released an album titled "How's the Weather" in 1972 that failed to chart. Nickname: Location in the state of Ohio, USA Coordinates: Country United States State Ohio Counties Franklin, Delaware, and Fairfield Government  - Mayor Michael B. Coleman (D) Area  - City  212. ... Berklee College of Music, founded in 1945, is an independent music college in Boston, Massachusetts with many prominent faculty, staff, alumni, and visiting artists. ...


After Milkwood, Ocasek and Orr formed the group Richard and the Rabbits, whose name was suggested by Jonathan Richman. They were a local club band for a while. Soon after, Hawkes temporarily left Ocasek and Orr and joined up with groups including Orphan, a soft-rock band, and Martin Mull and His Fabulous Furniture, a musical comedy act in which he played a variety of instruments. Ric Ocasek and Ben Orr then performed as an acoustic duo called simply Ocasek and Orr at the Idler coffeehouse in Cambridge. Some of the songs they played became the underlying music in early Cars' songs. Jonathan Richman (born May 16, 1951), musician, is an American proto-punk icon and one of the progenitors of indie rock. ... Martin Mull (born August 18, 1943) is an American actor who has starred in his own TV sitcom and acted in prominent films. ...


Later, Ocasek and Orr teamed up with future Cars guitarist Elliot Easton (who had also studied at Berklee), in Captain Swing (or Cap'n Swing). The band caught the attention of Maxanne Sartori, a local DJ on WBCN-FM who began frequently playing their songs. Though they were slowly becoming more experienced musicians, Cap'n Swing still had a long way to go before developing a professional image. Record labels were turned off by the band because they said they looked "too weird". Cap'n Swing also featured a very jazzy drummer and bass player which clashed with Ocasek's more rock and roll leanings. Benjamin Orr acted as frontman, did not play an instrument, and sang the bulk of Cap'n Swing's demos. Ocasek soon got rid of the bass player, the keyboardist and the drummer and decided to form a band that better fit his style of writing. Since one of the major complaints from the major record labels was that Ben Orr didn't do anything except stand there and sing, they decided he should hold something, thus he took over bass guitar duties. The drummer was replaced by David Robinson. Robinson said that he should really have a regular job instead, and that the Cars would be his last band. Best known for his career with the Modern Lovers, Robinson had also played in DMZ and the Pop! It was Robinson who came up with the name "The Cars", which led to automobile-related puns. Ocasek said of the name, "It's so easy to spell; it doesn't have a 'z' on the end; it's real authentic. It's pop art, in a sense." Led by Jonathan Richman, the protopunk band The Modern Lovers came out of Massachusetts in the early 1970s. ...


After spending the winter of ’76 playing all over New England, developing, honing, and ultimately perfecting the songs that would become their debut album, the band was signed to Elektra Records. The demo version of "Just What I Needed" would turn out to be the first single from the band’s debut album, The Cars, released in 1978 and reaching #3 on the Billboard Pop album chart. "My Best Friend’s Girl" and "Good Times Roll" soon followed, charting in the Billboard Top 40. Following the lead of Roxy Music, the band commissioned famed Playboy artist Alberto Vargas to design the sexy illustration for the cover of their second album, Candy-O, released in 1979. Hits from that album included "Let’s Go" and "It’s All I Can Do", both Top 40 hits. Elektra Records is an American record label owned by Warner Music Group, and today operates under Atlantic Records Group. ... The Cars is the first studio album by American new wave band The Cars, released in 1978. ... Roxy Music are an English art rock group founded in the early 1970s by art school graduate Bryan Ferry (vocals and keyboards). ... Playboy is an American Mens magazine, founded in 1953 by Hugh Hefner and his associates, which has grown into Playboy Enterprises, Inc. ... Alberto Vargas (1896–1982) was a noted painter of pin-up girls and erotica. ... Candy-O is the second studio album by American new wave band The Cars, released in 1979 (see 1979 in music). ...


A more experimental album, Panorama, was released in 1980, charting only one Top 40 hit with "Touch and Go". Rolling Stone described the album as "Ocasek's art record, and not a very good one at all". In 1981, the Cars bought their own studio in Boston, Synchro Sound. The only Cars album recorded there was Shake It Up, an album that was recorded in happier times. It was their first album to score a Top 10 hit in the title track, and had another Top 40 hit in "Since You’re Gone". In 1982, the Cars took a short break and went to work on solo projects, with Ric Ocasek and Greg Hawkes both releasing their debut albums. Panorama is the third studio album by American new wave band The Cars, released in 1980. ... This article is about the album by The Cars. ...


The Cars reunited and released their most successful album, Heartbeat City, in 1984. The first single, "You Might Think", helped the Cars win Video of the Year at the first MTV Video Music Awards. Other hit singles from the album included "Magic", "Hello Again", and "Why Can’t I Have You". Their most successful single, "Drive", gained particular notability when it was used in a video of the Ethiopian famine prepared by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and introduced by David Bowie at the 1985 Live Aid concert at Wembley Stadium in London. Heartbeat City is the fifth studio album by American new wave band The Cars, released in 1984. ... The following is a list of MTV Video Music Award winners for Best Video of the Year. ... The MTV Video Music Awards were established in 1984 by MTV to celebrate the top music videos of the season. ... Drive is a 1984 song by The Cars. ... The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), a Canadian crown corporation, is the country’s national public radio and television broadcaster. ... David Bowie (IPA: []) (born David Robert Jones on 8 January 1947) is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, arranger and audio engineer. ... Ethiopia, as its borders were in 1985. ... Wembley Stadium was a football stadium located in Wembley, London. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ...

The Cars performing at Live Aid.
The Cars performing at Live Aid.

After the resulting period of superstardom and another hit single, "Tonight She Comes", from their Greatest Hits, the Cars took time off again to pursue solo projects. Elliot Easton and Benjamin Orr released their debut albums, while Ric Ocasek released his second solo album. In 1987, the Cars released their last album, Door to Door, but it failed to approach the success of their previous albums. They announced the group's breakup in February 1988. Image File history File links TheCarsLiveAid. ... Image File history File links TheCarsLiveAid. ... Ethiopia, as its borders were in 1985. ... Greatest Hits is a compilation album by the new wave band the Cars. ... For the Invader Zim episode see Door to Door (Invader Zim) An editor has expressed a concern that the topic of this article may be unencyclopedic. ...


In the late 1990s, rumors circulated of a Cars reunion, with no results. However, in 1995 Rhino Records released a 2-CD set Just What I Needed: The Cars Anthology, containing all the group's hits mixed with rarities (demos, non-album b-sides). They followed up with the releases of The Cars: Deluxe Edition (1999), their debut album in 2-CD format, and Complete Greatest Hits. Rhino Entertainment is a specialty record label originally known for releasing retrospectives of famous comedy performers, including Stan Freberg, Tom Lehrer, and Spike Jones. ... Complete Greatest Hits is a compilation CD released by Rhino Records in 2002. ...


Ocasek continues to perform as a solo artist, having released over seven studio albums. David Robinson has retired from music and spends most of his time with his restaurant. Benjamin Orr died of pancreatic cancer on October 3, 2000. In 2005, Elliot Easton and Greg Hawkes combined their talents with Todd Rundgren, Prairie Prince (The Tubes, Utopia), and Kasim Sulton (Utopia, Meat Loaf) in a revamped lineup, The New Cars, to perform classic Cars songs along with selections from Rundgren's solo work and some new original material. Pancreatic cancer is a malignant tumour within the pancreatic gland. ... is the 276th day of the year (277th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Todd Harry Rundgren (born June 22, 1948 in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, USA), is an American musician, singer, songwriter and record producer. ... Prairie Prince Prairie Prince is a rock drummer. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The New Cars, the latest incarnation of The Cars, is a supergroup comprised of Todd Rundgren, Journey/Jefferson Starship/The Tubes drummer Prairie Prince, original The Cars members Greg Hawkes and Elliot Easton, as well as a rotating membership between Meat Loafs bass player Kasim Sulton and legendary bass...


Studio Albums

For complete listing of Albums, Singles see

Main article: The Cars discography

Complete listing of all The Cars albums, singles, DVD/Videos. ...

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