The Cars

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American New Wave rock group from Boston, Massachusetts. Formed in 1976.

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 (vocals, guitar), Benjamin Orr (vocals, bass), Elliot Easton (guitar), Greg Hawkes (keyboards, sax, guitar) and David Robinson (drums).

The Cars were one of the most successful American New Wave bands to emerge in the late 1970s, and in the ensuing decade the band racked up a string of platinum albums and Top 40 singles.

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 Cars and played mainly original Cars material live.

In 2011 The Cars (without Benjamin Orr who had passed away on October 4, 2000) released a new album and went on tour again with Greg Hawkes taking over on bass and Ric Ocasek as sole lead singer.

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018, and reunited once more to perform at the induction ceremony. Ric Ocasek passed away on September 15, 2019.
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TC-5135 The Cars — The Cars The Cars The Cars (Album) Elektra TC-5135 US 1978 Sell This Version
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Series #16, Show #1 InnerView — The Cars The Cars InnerView(LP, Transcription) Innerview Series #16, Show #1 US 1978 Sell This Version
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none King Biscuit Flower Hour — The Cars Peter Gabriel / The Cars Peter Gabriel / The Cars - King Biscuit Flower Hour(2xReel, 2tr Stereo, 7" Reel, Transcription) DIR Broadcasting none US 1978 Sell This Version
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SGC 104 Super Groups In Concert Presents The Cars — The Cars The Cars Super Groups In Concert Presents The Cars(2xLP, Transcription) ABC Radio Networks SGC 104 US 1979 Sell This Version
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5E-507 Candy-O — The Cars The Cars Candy-O (Album) Elektra 5E-507 US 1979 Sell This Version
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OLW-122 Panorama — The Cars The Cars Panorama (Album) Elektra OLW-122 South Korea 1980 Sell This Version
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#147 BBC Rock Hour #147 — The Cars The Cars BBC Rock Hour #147(LP, Transcription) London Wavelength #147 US 1980 Sell This Version
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PRB-801-6 Profiles In Rock - The Cars — The Cars The Cars Profiles In Rock - The Cars(LP, Transcription) Profiles In Rock PRB-801-6 1980 Sell This Version
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Series #16 Show #11 Innerview — The Cars The Cars Innerview(LP, Transcription) Innerview Series #16 Show #11 US 1980 Sell This Version
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5C5 567, 5C5-567 Shake It Up — The Cars The Cars Shake It Up (Album) Elektra 5C5 567, 5C5-567 US 1981 Sell This Version
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82-04 Off The Record Specials With Mary Turner — The Cars Mary Turner (4), The Cars Mary Turner (4), The Cars - Off The Record Specials With Mary Turner(2xLP, Transcription) Westwood One 82-04 US 1982 Sell This Version
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none Riding The New Wave — The Cars The Cars Riding The New Wave(LP + LP, S/Sided + Promo, Transcription) The Creative Factor none US 1982 Sell This Version
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NBC 83 The Cars According to Rick Ocasek and Greg Hawkes — The Cars The Cars The Cars According to Rick Ocasek and Greg Hawkes(3xLP, Transcription) NBC Radio NBC 83 US 1983 Sell This Version
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# 406 A B.B.C. Rock Hour # 406 (Version Ric Ocasek, The Cars Ric Ocasek, The Cars - B.B.C. Rock Hour # 406 (Version "A")(LP, Transcription, Ver) London Wavelength # 406 A US 1983 Sell This Version
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SS84-23 Superstar Concert Series  — The Cars The Cars Superstar Concert Series Westwood One SS84-23 US 1984 Sell This Version
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960 296-1 Heartbeat City — The Cars The Cars Heartbeat City (Album) Elektra 960 296-1 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
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none The Cars Spotlight Specials: The Cars(2xLP, Promo, Transcription) ABC Contemporary Radio Network none US 1984 Sell This Version
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NBC 84-37 Moving In Stereo Radio Special — The Cars The Cars Moving In Stereo Radio Special(3xLP, Promo, Transcription) The Source (8) NBC 84-37 US 1984 Sell This Version
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GDJ 84-126 Guest D. J.: Show #126 — The Cars The Cars Guest D. J.: Show #126(LP, Transcription) PFM Inc. GDJ 84-126 US 1984 Sell This Version
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none Countdown To Christmas — The Cars The Cars Countdown To Christmas(LP, Transcription) NBC Radio Entertainment none US 1985 Sell This Version
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OTR 85-06 Off The Record Specials With Mary Turner — The Cars The Cars, Mary Turner (4) The Cars, Mary Turner (4) - Off The Record Specials With Mary Turner(2xLP, Transcription) Westwood One OTR 85-06 US 1985 Sell This Version
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30006-1 Door To Door — The Cars The Cars Door To Door (Album) Elektra, Elektra 30006-1 Uruguay 1987 Sell This Version
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PIM-93 Pioneers In Music Boston's Rock Stars — The Cars The J. Geils Band, Peter Wolf, Aerosmith, Joe Perry, The Cars, Ric Ocasek The J. Geils Band, Peter Wolf, Aerosmith, Joe Perry, The Cars, Ric Ocasek - Pioneers In Music Boston's Rock Stars(2xLP, Transcription) D.I.R. Broadcasting Corp. PIM-93 US 1987 Sell This Version
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TTR-110 Scott Muni's Scott Muni, The Cars Scott Muni, The Cars - Scott Muni's "Ticket To Ride" A Weekly Tribute To The Beatles(2xLP, Transcription) DIR Broadcasting TTR-110 US 1987 Sell This Version
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88-16 Superstar Concert Series  — The Cars The Cars Superstar Concert Series (3xLP, Transcription + Box) Westwood One 88-16 US 1988 Sell This Version

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BeatlELO10538

BeatlELO10538

January 13, 2022
edited 9 months ago
The Cars are my favorite rock band. Not my favorite oldies band, not my favorite new wave band, or even my favorite 80's band.

They are my favorite band period. (Which, if you're a music snob such as I, is a hard honor to get) There isn't a single outright bad album in their catalog. From the hard rock sounds of their 1978 debut, to the groundbreaking synth-driven (no pun intended) sound of 1984's Heartbeat City, they have kept a steady pace since their formation. I hope Ric and Ben are rocking their lives away in heaven.♥ Love you guys.
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WhiteyLawless

WhiteyLawless

September 18, 2019
“ I <3 RIC ” Pass it on, yo...
thexfile

thexfile

September 17, 2019
That's Benjamin Orr and Ric Ocasek. RIP fellas 😢
fred_the_ted

fred_the_ted

September 16, 2019
God bless you Ric Ocasek, one of Rock's great innovators. Your music sounds as fresh today as it did back in the 70's and 80's.
thexfile

thexfile

June 29, 2019
They still haven't come out with 'Door To Door (Expanded)' 6-29-2019
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