As their career progressed, the band dabbled in moody new wave and sophisticated synthpop, becoming MTV staples and an arena-sized draw. The shades-wearing singer was a master at understated desolation and subtle bitterness — so subtle, in fact, that only close lyrical readings reveal them. In honor of his talents, here are the top 10 Cars songs. Ostensibly about chances for romance being dashed, the midtempo AOR cruiser boasts more than a few cryptic momenets. The effect adds mystery — and yet another layer of depth to the band's already-sterling debut. Its verses and the bridge are full of sludgy proto-punk and metal guitar flash — check the mini-solos throughout — while the choruses brighten into synth-driven pop with chipper harmonies. Sonically, Candy-O was a far darker record.
'Bye Bye Love'
Start Your Engine!
Follow Billboard. All rights reserved. The Cars were The Cars in both form and function. Along with Blondie, they were American new wave's foamy peak, maybe the only band that could credibly list both XTC and Van Halen as peers. Even coming out of Orr's mouth, the songs were unmistakably Ocasek's, sly and detached, with a speeding ticket's worth of danger and a boundless supply of cool.
With the passing of founder, singer, rhythm guitarist and songwriter Ric Ocasek and the previous death of bassist and singer Benjamin Orr d. The album was so chock-full of hits that this was the 3rd single, not getting radio airplay until That return to simplicity yielded them their first Billboard Hot Top 10, peaking at 4.
Ocasek also had success as a producer and solo artist, and when the Cars returned with their comeback LP, Move Like This, they proved they could rival the many bands — from Weezer to No Doubt and the Strokes — who made classic music in their long, gawky shadow. Begin shaking it up. It went on to appear, usually in parodic fashion, in various other soundtracks, including a recent Stranger Things trailer. It was kinda like not about good times at all. The band again worked with Queen producer Roy Thomas Baker, but Ocasek said they tried for a rawer approach than on their first album. Surprisingly, considering how breezy and tossed-off the song feels, the Cars actually labored over the tune for years before landing on a version they liked. And it was a good thing they did.