THE CARS (Band) - Album Cover Gallery & 12" Vinyl LP Discography Information

- "The Cars" Vinyl Records released between 1978 and 1982.

 Band Photo of The Cars Band

The Cars emerged in the late 1970s as leaders of the American New Wave Rock movement. Their sound defined a generation, blending catchy pop hooks with innovative synthesizer use and sleek, guitar-driven melodies. Hits like "Just What I Needed," "My Best Friend's Girl," and "Drive" made them MTV darlings and cemented their place in music history.

The Cars Band Information:

 The Cars were a highly influential American rock band that formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1976. The band's original lineup included Ric Ocasek on rhythm guitar and lead vocals, Benjamin Orr on bass guitar and backing vocals, Elliot Easton on lead guitar, Greg Hawkes on keyboards and backing vocals, and David Robinson on drums.

 The Cars rose to prominence in the late 1970s and early 1980s with a string of hit songs and albums. Their self-titled debut album, released in 1978, included the hit singles "Just What I Needed," "My Best Friend's Girl," and "Good Times Roll." The album was a commercial success and helped establish the band as one of the leading acts of the new wave movement.

 The Cars continued to produce hit songs and albums throughout the 1980s, including the albums "Candy-O" (1979), "Panorama" (1980), "Shake It Up" (1981), "Heartbeat City" (1984), and "Door to Door" (1987). Some of their most popular songs from this era include "Let's Go," "Shake It Up," "You Might Think," and "Drive."

 The Cars' unique sound combined elements of rock, pop, and electronic music, and their innovative use of synthesizers and other electronic instruments helped pave the way for the synth-pop genre that would emerge in the 1980s. The band's catchy melodies, clever lyrics, and tight musicianship made them a favorite among both critics and fans.

 Unfortunately, the band's success was short-lived. In 1988, the Cars disbanded after releasing their final album, "Door to Door." Although they reunited briefly in the early 2000s for a tour and a new album, "Move Like This," the death of Benjamin Orr in 2000 prevented a full reunion of the original lineup.

 Despite their relatively short career, the Cars had a significant impact on the music world. They influenced countless musicians and helped define the sound of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Their songs continue to be played on classic rock radio stations and are still popular with fans of all ages.

Index of THE CARS Feature Album Cover Gallery & 12" Vinyl LP Discography Information

THE CARS - Candy-O

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Elektra ELK 52 148 , 1979 , France

In 1979, The Cars released "Candy-O," a groundbreaking second studio album. Drummer and artistic director David Robinson collaborated with pin-up artist Alberto Vargas for the iconic cover. The synthesis of Vargas' timeless pin-up aesthetics and The Cars' new wave sound created a cultural milestone. "Candy-O" remains a testament to the fusion of music and visual art, leaving an enduring legacy in the annals of rock history.

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THE CARS - S/T Self-Titled

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Elektra ELK 52088 , 1978 , Germany

"The Cars," the self-titled debut album by the American rock band, is a timeless 12" Vinyl LP capturing the essence of late 1970s music. Released in 1978, amidst the era's diverse musical landscape, the album's cover features Russian ballerina Natalya Medvedeva, adding a touch of artistic allure. With hits like "Just What I Needed," the album marked The Cars' arrival and set the stage for their influential career.

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THE CARS Drive 12" EP Vinyl

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Elektra 966 934 (966934) , 1984 , Germany

"Drive" by The Cars, a 1984 12" Maxi-Single, embodies the musical essence of the 1980s. Amidst a dynamic era of rock and new wave, the song's synthesis of electronic and rock elements defines its time. Produced by Robert John "Mutt" Lange, The Cars, and Roy Thomas Baker, it contributed to the success of the LP "Heartbeat City," solidifying its place as a timeless classic with emotional depth.

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THE CARS - Heartbeat City

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Elektra Asylum 960 296 , 1984 , Germany

"Heartbeat City" by The Cars, released in 1984, epitomizes the 1980s musical landscape. Produced by The Cars and Robert John "Mutt" Lange, the album blends rock and synth-pop with precision. Recorded in London and remixed in New York City, it showcases the transatlantic influence. The visually dynamic album cover, painted by Peter Philips, complements hits like "Drive" and "Magic." A quintessential 1980s masterpiece, leaving an indelible mark on musical history.

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