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)

"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]

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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