The Cars (album)

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The Cars
Studio album by The Cars
Released June 6, 1978 (1978-06-06)
Recorded February 1978, AIR Studios, London
Genre Rock, new wave
Length 35:40
Label Elektra
Producer Roy Thomas Baker
The Cars chronology
The Cars
(1978)
Candy-O
(1979)
Singles from The Cars
  1. "Just What I Needed"
    Released: May 29, 1978
  2. "My Best Friend's Girl"
    Released: October 10, 1978
  3. "Good Times Roll"
    Released: February 20, 1979
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B+[2]
Pitchfork 5.7/10[3]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[4]

The Cars is the eponymous debut studio album by the American new wave rock band The Cars. It was released on June 6, 1978 on Elektra Records.

Background[edit]

With the popular tracks "Just What I Needed" and "My Best Friend's Girl" getting heavy airplay on AOR radio stations, the album sold one million copies by the end of the year and steadily climbed the charts. It peaked at number 18 on the Billboard 200 chart in March 1979.[5] The record was also ranked number 4 on Billboard's "Top Albums of the Year" chart for 1979.[6]

The Cars remained on the album chart for 139 weeks with four more tracks: "Good Times Roll", "You're All I've Got Tonight", "Bye Bye Love", and "Moving in Stereo", all of which became radio favorites.

Critically, the album was well received. Allmusic reviewer Greg Prato described it as "a genuine rock masterpiece", and that "all nine tracks are new wave/rock classics" in their retrospective review.[1] Rolling Stone magazine also ranked the album No. 279 in its "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" list.

Cover art[edit]

The cover model is Natalya Medvedeva, a Russian-born model, singer, writer and journalist.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Ric Ocasek, except where noted. 

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Vocals Length
1. "Good Times Roll"     Ocasek 3:44
2. "My Best Friend's Girl"     Ocasek 3:44
3. "Just What I Needed"     Benjamin Orr 3:44
4. "I'm in Touch with Your World"     Ocasek 3:31
5. "Don't Cha Stop"     Ocasek 3:01
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Vocals Length
6. "You're All I've Got Tonight"     Ocasek 4:13
7. "Bye Bye Love"     Orr 4:14
8. "Moving in Stereo"   Greg Hawkes, Ocasek Orr 4:41
9. "All Mixed Up"     Orr 4:14
1999 re-issue bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Vocals Length
10. "Good Times Roll" (live)   Ocasek 3:39
11. "My Best Friend's Girl" (demo)   Ocasek 3:52
12. "Just What I Needed" (demo)   Orr 3:27
13. "I'm in Touch With Your World" (demo)   Ocasek/Orr 3:28
14. "Don't Cha Stop" (demo)   Ocasek 3:19
15. "You're All I've Got Tonight" (demo)   Ocasek 4:05
16. "Bye Bye Love" (demo)   Orr 4:07
17. "Moving in Stereo" (demo) Hawkes, Ocasek Ocasek 5:02
18. "All Mixed Up" (demo)   Ocasek 4:50
19. "They Won't See You" (demo)   Ocasek 3:56
20. "Take What You Want" (demo)   Ocasek 6:04
21. "Wake Me Up" (demo)   Orr 3:52
22. "You Just Can't Push Me" (demo)   Orr 3:27
23. "Hotel Queenie" (demo)   Ocasek 3:08

Personnel[edit]

The Cars
Production

Chart performance[edit]

Album

Title Released Peak Chart Position, Weeks On Chart
US UK AU NZ
The Cars June 1978 18 139 29 15 35 42 5 85

Singles

Title Released Peak Chart Position, Weeks On Chart
US UK AU NZ NL
"Just What I Needed" May 1978 27 17 17 10 96 1 38 2
"My Best Friend's Girl" October 1978 35 15 3 10 67 10 40 4
"Good Times Roll" March 1979 41 10

Notes:
line through box = did not chart
empty box = not released

Certifications[edit]

Organization Level Date
RIAA – U.S. Gold October 16, 1978
RIAA – U.S. Platinum December 27, 1978
CRIA – Canada Platinum June 1, 1979
CRIA – Canada Double Platinum June 1, 1979
RIAA – U.S. 6x Platinum April 5, 1995

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Greg Prato. "The Cars". Allmusic. Retrieved February 17, 2012. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (September 4, 1978). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice (New York). Retrieved April 29, 2013. 
  3. ^ Ryan Schreiber (April 20, 1999). "The Cars". Pitchfork. Retrieved February 17, 2012. 
  4. ^ Kit Rachlis (June 17, 1997). "The Cars". rollingstone.com. Archived from the original on July 9, 2008. Retrieved February 17, 2012. 
  5. ^ Billboard March 24, 1979: 139
  6. ^ "Top Albums of the Year". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media): TIA-12. December 22, 1979. ISSN 0006-2510. 

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