The Cars

The Cars

Profile:
New Wave rock group from Boston, Massachusetts. Formed in 1976, they released their first single and LP two years later. Initially a guitar-driven rock act with some progressive keyboard accompaniment, after their first album they rapidly moved toward a heavily synth-based, pop-rock sound, then disbanded in 1988. Line-up: Ric Ocasek (b. Richard Otcasek - vocals, guitar), Benjamin Orr (b. Benjamin Orzechowski - vocals, bass), Elliot Easton (guitar), Greg Hawkes (keyboards, sax) and David Robinson (drums).

Blondie may have had a string of number one hits and Talking Heads may have won the hearts of the critics, but the Cars were the most successful American New Wave band to emerge in the late 70s. With their sleek, mechanical pop/rock, the band racked up a string of platinum albums and Top 40 singles that made them one of the most popular American Rock N Roll bands of the late 70s and early 80s.

In 2006, Greg Hawkes and Elliot Easton, together with Todd Rundgren and Kasim Sulton (both of Utopia) and Prairie Prince (formerly of The Tubes) formed The New Carsand played mainly original Cars material live.

In 2011 The Cars - without Benjamin Orr who had passed away in 2000 - released a new Album and went on Tour again with Greg Hawkes taking over on Bass and Ric Ocasek as sole lead singer.
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The Cars Discography

Albums

ELK 52 088, (6E-135) The Cars The Cars (Album) Elektra ELK 52 088, (6E-135) Europe 1978 Sell This Version
Series #16, Show #1 The Cars InnerView(LP, Transcription) Innerview Series #16, Show #1 US 1978 Sell This Version
none The Cars Moving in Quadio: Live in Chicago 1978(Reel, Quad) Not On Label none US 1978 Sell This Version
5E-507, 5E 507 The Cars Candy-O (Album) Elektra 5E-507, 5E 507 US 1979 Sell This Version
5C-5514 The Cars Panorama (Album) Elektra 5C-5514 US 1980 Sell This Version
Series #14 Show #11 Jim Ladd Hosts The Cars Jim Ladd Hosts The Cars - Jim Ladd Hosts The Cars(LP, Transcription) Innerview Series #14 Show #11 US 1980 Sell This Version
ELK 52330 The Cars Shake It Up (Album) Elektra ELK 52330 Germany 1981 Sell This Version
60296-4, 9 60296-4 The Cars Heartbeat City (Album) Elektra 60296-4, 9 60296-4 US 1984 Sell This Version
GDJ 84-126 The Cars Guest D. J.: Show #126(LP, Transcription) PFM Inc. GDJ 84-126 US 1984 Sell This Version
E1 60747 The Cars Door To Door (Album) Elektra E1 60747 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
(none) The Cars King Biscuit Flower Hour(CDr, Transcription) King Biscuit Flower Hour (none) US 2000 Sell This Version
HRM-32872-02 The Cars Move Like This (Album) Hear Music HRM-32872-02 US 2011 Sell This Version
K 452 148, 452 148 The Cars Candy-O(Cass, Album, RE, Clu) Elektra, Elektra K 452 148, 452 148 Europe Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

E-45491 The Cars Just What I Needed (Single) Elektra E-45491 US 1978 Sell This Version
P-354E The Cars My Best Friend's Girl (Single) Elektra P-354E Japan 1978 Sell This Version
ELK 12.325 The Cars All Mixed Up(7", Single) Elektra ELK 12.325 Netherlands 1978 Sell This Version
E 46 580 The Cars Double Life (Single) Elektra E 46 580 New Zealand 1979 Sell This Version
E 46546 The Cars It's All I Can Do (Single) Elektra E 46546 Canada 1979 Sell This Version
E-46014-A The Cars Good Times Roll (Single) Elektra E-46014-A US 1978 Sell This Version
AS-11421 The Cars Let's Go (Single) Elektra AS-11421 US 1979 Sell This Version
E-47101 The Cars Gimme Some Slack (Single) Elektra E-47101 Canada 1980 Sell This Version
E 47039 The Cars Touch And Go (Single) Elektra E 47039 New Zealand 1980 Sell This Version
E-47080 The Cars Don't Tell Me No (Single) Elektra E-47080 US 1980 Sell This Version
P-1598E The Cars = カーズ* The Cars = カーズ* - Shake It Up (Single) Elektra P-1598E Japan 1981 Sell This Version
E-47479 The Cars Victim Of Love (Single) Elektra E-47479 US 1981 Sell This Version