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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.

Paramount Pictures
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
Capitol Records / Joe Bangay, Getty Images / Epic / Chris Walter, Getty Images / Atlantic Records

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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Ben A. Pruchnie, Michael A. Loccisano, Getty Images
Ben A. Pruchnie, Michael A. Loccisano, Getty Images

Aerosmith and the Cars Lead List of 101 Best Songs by Boston Artists

It's just about impossible to talk about Boston rock without mentioning Aerosmith and the Cars — and the Boston musicians who helped put together the Boston Herald's list of the 101 greatest songs ever to come out of the city would seem to agree.

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YouTube
YouTube

Top 10 Benjamin Orr Cars Songs

Ric Ocasek's icy-cool vocals got most of the attention, but this list of Top 10 Benjamin Orr Cars Songs shows just how important his warm, inviting voice was to the band.

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Elektra
Elektra

35 Years Ago: The Cars Succeed Despite the Critics on ‘Panorama’

The Cars had another Top Five album with 'Panorama,' which was released on Aug. 15, 1980.

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Meat Loaf Cars

Meat Loaf, ‘You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth’ vs. The Cars, ‘Magic': Greatest Summer Song Battle

The second round of our Greatest Summer Song battle matches Meat Loaf against the Cars.

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Rolling Stones Cars Greatest Summer Song

The Cars, ‘Magic’ vs. the Rolling Stones, ‘Summer Romance': Greatest Summer Song Battle

The Cars' 'Magic' faces the Rolling Stones' 'Summer Romance' in Ultimate Classic Rock's Greatest Summer Song battle.

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The Cars, 'Candy-O'
Elektra

36 Years Ago: The Cars Release ‘Candy-O’

The Cars released 'Candy-O' in June 1979.

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