Touch and Go (The Cars song)

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"Touch and Go"
Single by The Cars
from the album Panorama
B-side "Down Boys"
Released August 25, 1980 (1980-08-25)
Format 7"
Recorded 1980
Genre New wave
Length 3:41
Label Elektra
Writer(s) Ric Ocasek
Producer(s) Roy Thomas Baker
The Cars singles chronology
"Double Life"
"Touch and Go"
"Don't Tell Me No"

"Touch and Go" is a song by American rock band The Cars from their 1980 album Panorama, which was released as a single in the same year. The song was written by bandleader Ric Ocasek. It reached number 37 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1980.[1]

The song's verses feature the use of polymeter. The bass and drums are playing in a time signature of 5/4, while the vocals, keyboards, and guitar are playing in 4/4.[2] For the lengthy pre-chorus and chorus, all instruments (and vocals) conform to the 4/4 signature. The guitar solo was played over music similar to the chorus, but with some sections extended to give Elliot Easton more measures on the chords E minor, F major, and G major, to build his flashy, melodic solo which resolves to a C major seventh chord.


  1. ^ Panorama,
  2. ^ "Polymeter/Polyrhythm". Guitar Alliance. Retrieved 4 March 2013.