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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 (vocals, guitar), Benjamin Orr (real name: 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 1970's. 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 1970's and early 1980's.

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 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.

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018.
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PE-1 The Cars - El Rock De Los 80'S album art Various Candy-O and 1 more… Various - El Rock De Los 80'S(LP, Album) Gamma (4) PE-1 Mexico 1980 Sell This Version
SHOW # 85-11 The Cars - Rock Album Countdown album art Various Why Can't I Have You Various - Rock Album Countdown(2xLP, Transcription) Westwood One SHOW # 85-11 US 1985 Sell This Version
NE 1321 The Cars - Drive Time USA - Single LP album art Various Drive Various - Drive Time USA - Single LP(LP, Comp) K-Tel NE 1321 UK 1986 Sell This Version
none The Cars - Elvira's Haunted Halloween album art Elvira Magic Elvira - Elvira's Haunted Halloween(3xLP, Transcription) MCA Radio Network none US 1987 Sell This Version
FFMC909 The Cars - American Classics album art Various Drive Various - American Classics(Cass, Comp, Cle) W H Smith & Son Ltd. FFMC909 1991 Sell This Version
DRK 12360 The Cars - 1980's New Wave album art Various Shake It Up Various - 1980's New Wave(Cass, Album, Comp) BMG Special Products DRK 12360 US 1999 Sell This Version
DRC12360 The Cars - 1980's New Wave album art Various Shake It Up Various - 1980's New Wave(CD, Album, Comp) BMG Special Products DRC12360 US 1999 Sell This Version
none The Cars - Mash-Up Your Bootz Party Sampler Vol. 25 album art DJ Morgoth Poker Face (Just What I Needed) DJ Morgoth - Mash-Up Your Bootz Party Sampler Vol. 25(16xFile, MP3, Comp, 320) Not On Label (DJ Morgoth) none Germany 2009
ICONTVMUSIC3 The Cars - The US Festival 1982 The US Generation album art Various Bye Bye Love Various - The US Festival 1982 The US Generation(Blu-ray, Comp + DVD-V, Comp, Multichannel, NTSC) MVD Visual ICONTVMUSIC3 US 2018 Sell This Version
P-94,033 The Cars - New Wave Disco Vol. II album art Various Gimme Some Slack Various - New Wave Disco Vol. II(LP, Comp) Warner Bros. Records P-94,033 Philippines Unknown Sell This Version