In the late 70’s I was sneaking into the discos in Denver with a fake id. I loved music, it was happening, and I had to be there. Same as today.
When The Cars hit, it was a sound we’d never heard. We called it Punk, when it was really New Wave – New Wave sounded like hopping on the band wagon. Johnny Rotten and The Sex Pistols was Punk. But Punk was too hard core for us – we wanted to be hardcore and cool.
Nobody I thought was cool listened to The Sex Pistols. Everyone I thought was cool + plus the girls I wanted to dance with in the discos, listened to The Cars.
Cool, and girls, drove most the music I listened to – or at least that I’d tell anyone I listened to.
When I listened to The Cars I felt cool. They were “Just What I Needed”.
Ric once said this – “I always went for the left side of the music brain, too. I loved the Velvet Underground and the Carpenters.”
I loved the Carpenters too, but didn’t tell anyone.
Just What I Needed
Close To You
Here’s my Cars playlist, similar to what Rolling Stone came out with today:
Listen to The Cars today. Buy their music. Dance.
Thank you Ric, for The Cars. You’ll always be cool.