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The Cars

The Cars were an anomaly in the ’70s, when they first came out of Boston: a synth-driven New Wave group that was fully embraced by traditional rock radio. It helped that their songs were based on familiar pop hooks often powered by rock ‘n’ roll muscle. Singers Ric Ocasek and Benjamin Orr injected the songs with both robotic coldness and human warmth. As MTV reached its cultural impact in the mid-’80s, the Cars became even bigger, scoring four Top 10 hits before they disbanded in 1988. (Some of the members reunited with Todd Rundgren as the New Cars 17 years later.) Orr died of cancer in 2000 at the age of 53.

The Cars Shake it Up
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35 Years Ago: The Cars Balance Rock, New Wave on ‘Shake It Up’

After the critical and commercial failure 'Panorama,' the Cars bounced back in 1981 with 'Shake it Up,' as well as the hit title track and 'Since You're Gone.'

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Chris Walter, Getty Images

5 Reasons the Cars Should Be in the Hall of Fame

We offer several good reasons why the Cars belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Getty Images

Journey, Yes, ELO and Cars Among 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees

Journey, Electric Light Orchestra, Yes, the Cars, Pearl Jam and the J. Geils Band are among the artists nominated for induction in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's class of 2017.

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Paramount Records
Paramount Records

Benjamin Orr Before the Cars

Before Benjamin Orr found fame with the Cars, he was just another Cleveland-area musician inspired by the Beatles' U.S. popularity to find success with his own band.

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Bennett Raglin, Getty Images

Indie Band Recalls and Destroys Album Over Unauthorized Use of a Cars Song

Car Seat Headrest had to rewrite a song because it used elements of the Cars' "Just What I Needed" without permission.

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Hear Music
Hear Music

5 Years Ago: The Cars Mount an Edgy Partial Reunion With ‘Move Like This’

'Move Like This,' released on May 10, 2011, is darker and far stranger than just about anything we heard from the original incarnation of the Cars.

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Paramount Pictures

Van Halen, the Cars + Others Featured in Classic Rock-Heavy Soundtrack for ‘Everybody Wants Some’

Described as Richard Linklater's "spiritual sequel" to 'Dazed and Confused,' this new film follows a group of friends through their college adventures.

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Rhino
Rhino

Cars Announce Six-LP Box and Single-Disc Best-Of Set

The Cars' multi-platinum first decade is being boxed up into a freshly remastered retrospective set, alongside a new single-disc, career-spanning compilation.

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Rhino
Rhino

Rhino Wants to ‘Start Your Ear Off Right’ With Reissues from Bad Company, the Cars, Devo and More

Seeking to enliven "a barren wasteland in the world of new music releases," Rhino has unveiled the "Start Your Ear Off Right" campaign.

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2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees
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Cheap Trick, Deep Purple, the Cars, Yes, Steve Miller and Chicago Among Rock Hall of Fame Nominees

Cheap Trick, Deep Purple, the Cars, Yes, Steve Miller and Chicago are among the acts newly nominated for possible induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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