Panorama (The Cars album)

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The Cars - Panorama.jpg
Studio album by The Cars
Released August 15, 1980 (1980-08-15)
Recorded 1980
Genre New wave, art rock, pop rock
Length 40:11
Label Elektra
Producer Roy Thomas Baker
The Cars chronology
Shake It Up
(1981)Shake It Up1981
Singles from Panorama
  1. "Touch and Go"
    Released: August 25, 1980
  2. "Don't Tell Me No"
    Released: November 10, 1980
  3. "Gimme Some Slack"
    Released: January 5, 1981
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic[1] 3.5/5 stars
Pitchfork Media 8.0/10[2]
Robert Christgau[3] B−
Rolling Stone[4] (not rated)

Panorama is the third studio album by American new wave band the Cars, released in 1980.


The record marked a change from the upbeat pop rock and hard rock of the group's previous albums, representing a more aggressive and experimental sound. It was not as commercially successful as the Cars' previous or subsequent albums (until 1987's Door to Door). However, it did hit No. 5 on the Billboard 200 chart and has been certified platinum by the RIAA.[5]

As a single off the album, the song "Touch and Go" peaked at #37 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Ric Ocasek.

Side one
No. Title Vocals Length
1. "Panorama" Ocasek 5:42
2. "Touch and Go" Ocasek 4:55
3. "Gimme Some Slack" Ocasek 3:32
4. "Don't Tell Me No" Benjamin Orr 4:00
5. "Getting Through" Ocasek 2:35
Side two
No. Title Vocals Length
6. "Misfit Kid" Ocasek 4:30
7. "Down Boys" Orr 3:09
8. "You Wear Those Eyes" Orr 4:55
9. "Running to You" Orr 3:22
10. "Up and Down" Ocasek 3:31


The Cars[edit]


  • Roy Thomas Baker – produced
  • Ian Taylor – recording, engineer
  • John Weaver – assistant engineer
  • Jason Corsaro – assistant engineer
  • Paul McAlpine – photography



Year Chart Position
1980 Billboard Pop Albums 5


Year Single Chart Position
1980 "Touch And Go" Billboard Pop Singles 37


Organization Level Date
RIAA – USA Gold December 15, 1980
RIAA – USA Platinum December 15, 1980


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