Cruiser (song)

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Single by The Cars
from the album Shake It Up
A-side "Shake It Up"
Released November 9, 1981 (1981-11-09)
Format 7"
Recorded Syncro Sound, Boston 1981
Genre New wave, rock
Length 4:54[1]
Label Elektra
Writer(s) Ric Ocasek
Producer(s) Roy Thomas Baker
The Cars singles chronology
"Gimme Some Slack"
"Shake It Up"/
"Since You're Gone"
Shake It Up track listing

"Cruiser" is a song by American new wave band The Cars, from their 1981 album Shake It Up.


"Cruiser" was written by Cars songwriter and vocalist Ric Ocasek and sung by bassist-vocalist Benjamin Orr.

Upon the release of Shake It Up, "Cruiser" was singled out for praise. The Bangor Daily News, in an otherwise unenthusiastic review of Shake It Up, cited "Cruiser" as a source of "real excitement".[2] AllMusic reviewer Greg Prato describes the song as "rocking" and a highlight of the album.[1]

In addition to appearing on the album, "Cruiser" was released as the B-side of the single "Shake It Up". "Cruiser" was also included in the 1995 Cars compilation Just What I Needed: The Cars Anthology. Prato describes the song as a highlight of the anthology.[3]

Live versions of the song appeared in the VHS release The Cars Live 1984–1985 and the CD/DVD release The Cars Unlocked.


"Cruiser" became a minor rock radio hit on its own. It reached number 37 on Billboard's Top Tracks chart in 1982.[4]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1981) Peak
US Billboard Mainstream Rock[4] 37


  1. ^ a b Prato, Greg. "The Cars: Shake It Up". AllMusic. Retrieved January 27, 2011. 
  2. ^ "First Impressions: The Cars - Shake It Up". Bangor Daily News. Bangor, Maine. December 4, 1981. p. ME-15. 
  3. ^ Prato, Greg. "The Cars: Just What I Needed: The Cars Anthology". AllMusic. Retrieved January 27, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "The Cars: Billboard Singles". AllMusic. Retrieved January 27, 2011. 

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