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The Cars’ debut album got mainstream rock fans to love New Wave. Its brilliance is in the way it puts classic-rock conventions into a whole new context, mating Queen-worthy vocal harmonies (Queen producer Roy Thomas Baker oversaw the recording) with razor-cut rhythm guitar (“Good Times Roll”) and juxtaposing absurdist wordplay with timeless rock ’n’ roll themes (“My Best Friend’s Girl”). Add Greg Hawkes’ future-shock synth lines and Ric Ocasek’s Bryan Ferry-moves-to-Boston vocals and you can hear the sound of the ’80s coming together in 1978.


Formed: 1976 in Boston, MA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '00s, '10s

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 its sleek, mechanical pop/rock, the band racked up a string of platinum albums and Top 40 singles that made it one of the most popular American rock & roll bands of the late '70s and early '80s. While they were more commercially oriented than their New York peers, the Cars were nevertheless inspired...
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The Cars, The Cars
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  • 10,99 €
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Alternative, New Wave, Pop, Pop/Rock, Arena Rock
  • Released: 06 June 1978

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