Good Times Roll
|"Good Times Roll"|
|Single by The Cars|
|from the album The Cars|
|B-side||"All Mixed Up"|
|Released||February 20, 1979|
|Recorded||AIR Studios, London, February 1978|
|Genre||Rock, new wave|
|Producer(s)||Roy Thomas Baker|
|The Cars singles chronology|
"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.
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."
Covers and appearances
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.
"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. A live version, performed by The New Cars, appears on their 2006 album, It's Alive! "Good Times Roll" has also been included in the soundtracks of several films, including 2003's Wonderland and 2005's Just Like Heaven. In the season four finale of Rescue Me, Good Times Roll played in its entirety as episode 13 faded to black.
- "The Cars". Rolling Stone. Retrieved September 26, 2010.
- Guarisco, Donald A. "The Cars: Good Times Roll". allmusic. Retrieved September 26, 2010.
- Schreiber, Ryan (April 20, 1999). "Pitchfork: Album Reviews: The Cars: The Cars: Deluxe Edition". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved September 26, 2010.
- "It's Alive: Overview". allmusic. Retrieved September 26, 2010.