Good Times Roll

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"Good Times Roll"
Single by The Cars
from the album The Cars
B-side "All Mixed Up"
Released February 20, 1979 (1979-02-20)
Format 7"
Recorded AIR Studios, London, February 1978
Genre Rock, new wave
Length 3:44
Label Elektra
Writer(s) Ric Ocasek
Producer(s) Roy Thomas Baker
The Cars singles chronology
"My Best Friend's Girl"
(1978)
"Good Times Roll"
(1979)
"Let's Go"
(1979)
For other songs with the lyrics "Let the good times roll", see Let the Good Times Roll.

"Good Times Roll" is a song by American rock band The Cars. It is the first track from their 1978 debut album The Cars.

Background[edit]

The track was produced by Roy Thomas Baker. Written and sung by Cars lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Ric Ocasek, it was released as the album's third single.[1]

"Good Times Roll", along with the rest of the tracks from The Cars, was recorded in just two weeks. However, the album's chart success was so long-lived that the release of its follow-up, 1979's Candy-O, was delayed.[1]

The song begins with electronic drums and a guitar riff, soon joined by Ocasek's lead vocals and synthesizers by keyboardist Greg Hawkes. Despite the up-tempo-sounding title, "Good Times Roll" is a mid-tempo song, with a beat described as "languid," "psychedelic" and "creepy." The lyrics are similarly described as "withering" and Ocasek's vocal style as "clinical."[2]

Covers and appearances[edit]

Of the nine tracks on The Cars, "Good Times Roll" was the only song for which no demo recording could be found during the compilation of the 1999 The Cars: Deluxe Edition package. Instead, a live version of "Good Times Roll" is included alongside demo versions of the other eight tracks.[3]

"Good Times Roll" has been featured on several Cars anthologies, including 1985's Greatest Hits, 1995's Just What I Needed: The Cars Anthology, and 2002's Complete Greatest Hits.[2] A live version, performed by The New Cars, appears on their 2006 album, It's Alive![4] "Good Times Roll" has also been included in the soundtracks of several films, including 2003's Wonderland and 2005's Just Like Heaven.[2] In the season four finale of Rescue Me, Good Times Roll played in its entirety as episode 13 faded to black.

The song was covered by Alternative metal band Powerman 5000 on their hit album Tonight the Stars Revolt! and had become a popular cover amongst fans on the band.

Reception[edit]

The song reached number 41 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1979.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "The Cars". Rolling Stone. Retrieved September 26, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c Guarisco, Donald A. "The Cars: Good Times Roll". allmusic. Retrieved September 26, 2010. 
  3. ^ Schreiber, Ryan (April 20, 1999). "Pitchfork: Album Reviews: The Cars: The Cars: Deluxe Edition". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved September 26, 2010. 
  4. ^ "It's Alive: Overview". allmusic. Retrieved September 26, 2010. 

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