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
Allmusic[1]3.5/5 stars
Pitchfork Media8.0/10[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 (with Greg Hawkes, on Track 8).

Side one
2."Touch and Go"Ocasek4:55
3."Gimme Some Slack"Ocasek3:32
4."Don't Tell Me No"Benjamin Orr4:00
5."Getting Through"Ocasek2:35
Side two
6."Misfit Kid"Ocasek4:30
7."Down Boys"Orr3:09
8."You Wear Those Eyes"Orr/Ocasek4:55
9."Running to You"Orr3:22
10."Up and Down"Ocasek3:31
2017 reissue bonus tracks
11."Shooting For You" (previously unreleased) Orr4:04
12."Be My Baby" (early version of "Maybe Baby") Ocasek5:00
13."The Edge" (previously unreleased) Orr3:26
14."Don't Go to Pieces" (B-side of "Don't Tell Me No" and "Gimme Some Slack")Hawkes, OcasekOrr4:04


The Cars[edit]


  • Roy Thomas Baker – producer
  • 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


  1. ^ AllMusic Review
  2. ^ "The Cars: Panorama". Pitchfork Media.
  3. ^ "Robert Christgau: CG: the cars". Robert Christgau.
  4. ^ "link".
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