Moving in Stereo

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"Moving in Stereo"
Song by the Cars
from the album The Cars
Released June 6, 1978 (1978-06-06)
Recorded AIR Studios, London, February 1978
Genre Rock, hard rock, new wave
Length 4:43
Label Elektra
Songwriter(s) Ric Ocasek, Greg Hawkes
Producer(s) Roy Thomas Baker
The Cars track listing

"Moving in Stereo" is a song by the American rock band the Cars. It appeared on their first album, The Cars, released in 1978. It was co-written by Ric Ocasek and the band's keyboard player Greg Hawkes, and sung by bassist Benjamin Orr.


Although not released as a single, "Moving in Stereo" received airplay on album-oriented rock radio stations in the United States, often coupled with the song "All Mixed Up" which it segues into on the album.[1] The song continues to receive airplay on classic rock radio stations.[2]

Donald A. Guarisco of AllMusic described the song as "one of the Cars' finest experimental tracks," noting that it "sounds like a new wave update of Eno-era Roxy Music."[3]

A demo version recorded in 1977, featuring only Ocasek and Hawkes, was released on The Cars: Deluxe Edition in 1999.

Cover versions[edit]

  • Fu Manchu on their tenth studio album, We Must Obey.
  • The Commons on High School Reunion – A Tribute to Those Great 80's Films!.
  • Signal 12 covered it on their album Aphonia.
  • 3sic7s on their album 3sic7's[4]
  • Yelawolf sampled it on his 2008 mixtape Stereo: A Hip-Hop Tribute to Classic Rock in the track "Stereo"
  • The song "Paralyzer" by the band Finger Eleven quotes the guitar riff from the chorus.
  • Byzantine covered the song on their 2017 album The Cicada Tree.[5]

In other media[edit]

An instrumental portion of "Moving in Stereo" was used prominently in the 1982 feature film Fast Times at Ridgemont High, in which it accompanies Judge Reinhold character's fantasy of Phoebe Cates' character removing her bikini top while embracing him.[3] Although the song was popularized in the movie, it was not included on the soundtrack album. The movie's scene has since been used and parodied in several films and television shows, including an episode of Family Guy, which parodied the scene from the movie in which the song appeared.[6]


  1. ^ "Top FM Rotation" Cash Box September 23, 1978: 24
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Rock Tracks. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. p. 325. ISBN 0-89820-153-5. 
  3. ^ a b Guarisco, D.A. "Moving in Stereo". Allmusic. Retrieved May 3, 2012. 
  4. ^ 3sic7's
  5. ^ "Byzantine - The Cicada Tree review". Blabbermouth. Retrieved 2018-01-07. 
  6. ^ "The Cars". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved March 4, 2012. 

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