The Cars were one of those “right time, right place” bands. Their seemingly simple songs combined art rock, power pop with a touch of rockabilly. Their genius for blending guitars and synthesizers, with clever lyrics (“My Best Friend’s Girl”), set the Cars above many other bands exploding in the late 1970s. They embraced video with clever, engaging, innovative, memorable videos (award winning “You Might Think”) when most bands on MTV were still fumbling around. Their intelligence, technical innovations, fun sense of humor and skilled musicianship led to selling millions of records. They left a legacy of entertaining, rocking live appearances, videos, and more. The Cars influenced many bands, but no one could ever imitate them. In 2018, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Editor's Note: Ric Ocasek The Cars front man and co-founder passed away yesterday (9.15.19) of natural causes.