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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.

Elektra
Elektra

30 Years Ago: The Cars Run Off the Road With ‘Door to Door’

The Cars tried to get back to basics with 'Door to Door,' but they'd already lost the communal spark that made them superstars in the '80s.

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Elektra
Elektra

Listen to the Cars’ Previously Unreleased Studio Version of ‘They Won’t See You’

A nervy romp from sessions for the Cars' 'Candy-O' album, "They Won't See You" had previously been available only in stripped-down demo form.

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Rhino
Rhino

Cars Announce Expanded Editions of ‘Candy-O’ and ‘Panorama’ Albums

The Cars will release expanded versions of their second and third albums this summer.

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Ultimate Classic Rock
Ultimate Classic Rock

The Cars Albums Ranked Worst to Best

This list traces a supernova career, but the Cars started out on a much smaller scale.

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The Cars Shake it Up
Elektra

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
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
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
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

Revisiting the Cars’ 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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