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.
Hear Cars and Blondie Members' New Song, 'Well, Look at You'
Song from 'The Second Album' came in a dream, where it was sung by Mick Jagger.
Cars Did ‘a Lot of Healing’ Before Ric Ocasek Died
Elliot Easton explains benefit of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame reunion.
Cars Frontman Ric Ocasek Died After Unnamed Surgical Procedure
He was apparently expected to make a full recovery.
'Stranger Things' Clip Turns Cars' 'Fast Times' Scene Upside Down
Clip from new season features gender-swapped take on famous ‘80s movie scene that featured “Moving in Stereo.”