The Cars

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 2003 (The 2004 Induction Ceremony)

Nominated in: 2016   2017   

Previously Considered? Yes  what's this?


Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 2008 (ranked #129) .


Essential Albums (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3Amazon CD
The Cars (1978)
Candy-O (1979)
Heartbeat City (1984)

Essential Songs (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3YouTube
Just What I Needed (1978)
Moving In Stereo (1978)
You're All I've Got Tonight (1978)
Good Times Roll (1978)
My Best Friend's Girl (1978)
Let's Go (1979)
Shake It Up (1981)
Magic (1984)
Drive (1984)
You Might Think (1984)

The Cars @ Wikipedia

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Will The Cars be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."
   

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Let em' in:)

Posted by DanS on Friday, 08.25.06 @ 16:36pm


I absolutely want The Cars to get into the Rock Hall, but I had to vote no ... most in the music industry think Ric Ocasek is The Cars and vice versa, and he's not one to play politics to get in like it appears one has to do.

Posted by lupelou1 on Friday, 08.25.06 @ 17:55pm


The Cars are fun and all, but there are other bands from the same era who were better and have yet to be recognized. Get in line, fellas.

Posted by Kit on Friday, 09.1.06 @ 13:38pm


Great music style. You can always sing along with the song. I would vote yes, but unfortunatly, the HOF members are a bit stuck up to put in TRUE talent. The Cars are a great band, no doubt about it

Posted by Mike on Monday, 11.6.06 @ 15:07pm


Down the line, they'll be in -- nothing against the band, but I think it could happen in a weak year.

Posted by bleedin' quadrophenic on Thursday, 01.4.07 @ 20:38pm


The Cars were top-40, watered down 80's garbage...gimme a break people.

Posted by Anonymous on Monday, 02.26.07 @ 11:28am


Are you not allowed to be good and have singles at the same time?

Posted by Kit on Monday, 02.26.07 @ 19:59pm


Yes, you can be good and have hits, but the Cars while not totally awful, were very mediocre top 40 watered down music with no influence whatsover...........

Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, 02.27.07 @ 08:36am


"Are you not allowed to be good and have singles at the same time?"

Posted by Kit on Monday, 02.26.07 @ 19:59pm

Not in The World According to Anonymous.
(Which by the way - WTF? Are you deep undercover, 007 or what?)
He lives in a magical unicorn and fairy land where Neil Pert is King and be believes authentic bands are aloof and don't try to sell albums and write songs like "Bytor and the Snow Dog".

Anon likes to use his wiffle ball bat of meaningless words like "corporate rock", "sellouts" and "top 40-ish" and bludgeon artists he is deaf to.
It's quite cute.

Posted by shawn on Saturday, 05.5.07 @ 15:07pm


Shawn you don't get it...you are thick...you keep painting a picture of me like all I enjoy is Rush and obscure progressive Rock. That is plain wrong. I like all kinds of music and even the Cars were okay. But, in case you missed it, and you seem to miss a lot, this is not a webpage devoted to whether or not you like a band. It is about whether you think a band should get in the hall.

So, now...I got ya...the Cars just don't cut it... where is the influence on Rock Music? You never answer these questions...you just attack me...but with JM, The Cars, etc. you never explain there influence on other bands or how they shaped Rock music...I just don't see it for the Cars...sorry. I mean there has to be some selectivity here. Hey Shawn, why don't we just let everyone in....ass

Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, 05.6.07 @ 06:31am


"Hey Shawn, why don't we just let everyone in....ass"

If only that were also true of these post pages...alas.

Posted by Shawn on Sunday, 05.6.07 @ 10:04am


I figured you would not respond to my questions. Another one, do you think there are any commerically successful bands that DO NOT warrant induction? Or do you think they should ALL be in?

Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, 05.6.07 @ 11:40am


O-o-o-h, burn on me Secret Squirrel! - yea, that's it - I say let all the riff-raff in! Right-o there genius, I can't tell the difference between Air Supply and Pink Floyd.
Already been through this a few times with you, and you've already let your skirt fly up and we saw your underwear -- you think artists have to have the world come to them - they have to be indifferent to commercial success to be "real".

Posted by shawn on Sunday, 05.6.07 @ 14:03pm


The Cars were big players on New Wave in its infancy, managing to merge it with the offbeat instrumentation with traditional pop structure, kind of like Cheap Trick did with metal. Since most of the big players on New Wave (Talking Heads, Elvis "THE MAN" Costello, Blondie) are in, a good case could be made for The Cars' induction. But I would prefer a lot of other bands from the same era and same mode to them. Joy Division, New Order, and XTC all come to mind.

Posted by Kit on Sunday, 05.6.07 @ 14:33pm


"They have to be indifferent to commercial success to be "real"

Totally false...once again, you show your ignorance...I love Police, U-2, and Van Halen all of which were commercially successful and very deserving of induction....as usual you are plain wrong...this is really getting boring

Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, 05.6.07 @ 16:34pm


And, defining what a band is, like the Cars, has nothing to do with qualifying for the hall - sure the Cars were talented and listenable, but I just don't think they were that innovative, different or influential - thats all.

Take it easy Shawn, it is just my opinion. And, Shawn it is not because they were commerically successful either - remember just above, I supported and agreed with the induction of 3 very commercially successful bands....

Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, 05.6.07 @ 16:48pm


Anonymous/Undercover Angel,

Listen, short bus - way, way back I got your statement(s) that you aren't saying a band can't be commercially successful to be HOFers. Pleeeeease stop holdong up your sign and screaming that I didn't hear you.

You dumbfuck - you made a case, which I can only assume has gotten out of the back gate of your short term memory, that a band/artist should be aloof to chart or sales acheivment - you believed in your gnome and fairy world that a band is only cool if it finds success by happy cahnce; that is, if the world discovers them.

Oh yes you did, Champ - you did make that case.

THAT is what I am talking about. You are a tedious boy, Anon. Your clownish antics make me want to force radiator coolant down your throat.

Posted by shawn on Monday, 05.7.07 @ 00:00am


"you believed in your gnome and fairy world that a band is only cool if it finds success by happy cahnce; that is, if the world discovers them."

First, I never refer to bands as being "cool." Not in high school any longer. Bands do not find success by chance, never said that either. If you were intelligent enough to figure it out - you are so literal...I was merely pointing out that the true legends of rock music do not SOLELY try to produce one hit wonders and top 40 music encouraged by the recording label execs., such as bands like Def Leppard or Journey.

On the contrary, the Police and U2 were highly innovative and influential bands that also happened to make very popular music as well. They had artistic integrity. The bottom line is that induction into the hall occurs independent of commercial success. Plus, you act like everything said on these posts is written in stone, as if one cannot clariy a misunderstood point.

"...make me want to force radiator coolant down your throat."

Try some Thorazine for that "feeling"


Posted by Anonymous on Monday, 05.7.07 @ 06:01am


"Try some Thorazine for that "feeling"

I'm fresh out, Man With No Name - how 'bout lending me some from your stash?

Posted by shawn on Monday, 05.7.07 @ 09:07am


The Beatles had a lot of hits, so.... they must suck lol

Posted by Kit Sucks on Friday, 06.29.07 @ 13:11pm


Yeah, but the difference is, which you fail to mention, is that the Beatles were highly innovative for their time and also progressed from a "pop-friendly" band to more obscure sounds. That is not the same as the Cars. Although, I do like the Cars.

Posted by Anon on Friday, 06.29.07 @ 13:21pm


My humble ears think that The Cars were pretty darn innovative. Yes, XTC, Joy Division and the like were maybe "harder hitters" on the purist/non-mainstream bell curve, but Cars managed to drag that post-punk & new wave vibe into the pop machine and amalgamte the two, even throwing in a dash of prog. Their pop talent is why they enjoyed such grand commercial success.
Nothing wrong with that. It was not "watered down 80's pop crap" - especially not their 1st two albums from "78 & '79. They had more depth than that.

They had a great, original marriage of rock guitar hooks and sleeker new wave synth. Likely much more influntial than you might guess, but I have read that Smashing Pumpkins, Weezer, Franz Ferdinand, The Killers all site them, and personally I can clearly hear them in Rooney's music.

"The Cars" and "Candy-O" were unique and adventerous, slightly dark and ironic but catchy and intriquing. "Just What I Needed", "Good Times Roll", "My Best Friend's Girl", "Moving In Stereo", "You're All I've Got Tonight", "It's All I Can Do", "Dangerous Type" - all recall the Cars "moment" without sounding dated to me.

Posted by shawn mc on Friday, 06.29.07 @ 14:40pm


"Yeah, but the difference is..that the Beatles..also progressed from a "pop-friendly" band to more obscure sounds."

Was there ever a single moment that The Beatles were not pop (short for what?)friendly? Integrating innovative production techniques and layered instrumention is not a rejection of pop, nor even an aloofness that runs away from it.

"Pop", as the word is weilded today, has become a misnomer. It's misapplied. We need another word that describes a level of success but doesn't sully the target because it means "Crap".

Posted by shawn mc on Friday, 06.29.07 @ 14:51pm


"Heartbreak City" was a good album. Hello Again!!! It's not essential Cars. But it's a damn good listen.

Posted by Joe-Skee on Friday, 06.29.07 @ 15:56pm


""Heartbreak City" was a good album."

It was their biggest seller, but personally my least fave (other than "Panorama"). I thought "Magic" and "You Might Think" were kinda flimsy, goofy pop; I preferred their dryer, slyer stuff from 78 & 79. Even 81's "Shake It Up" still had echoes of wryness and darkness (title track, "Since You're Gone", "I'm Not The One").

Heartbreak City had hooks, but they were too bright and cheery for me ("Drive" notwithstanding!)

Posted by shawn mc on Friday, 06.29.07 @ 16:51pm


"Was there ever a single moment that The Beatles were not pop (short for what?)friendly?"

I was merely pointing out that the Beatles went from "Love, Love, Me do" to songs like "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" The fact that they were always "popular" does not mean that the music did not change and evolve -

And, I do like the Cars, but comparing the Cars to the Beatles is actually comical.... :-)

Posted by Anonymous on Friday, 06.29.07 @ 20:00pm


In addition to the catalog of music, which is quite impressive for only six albums -- look at the number of bands who have covered their songs: Smashing Pumpkins, Replicants, Sister Hazel, Letters to Cleo, Alkaline Trio, Sister Hazel, ... the list goes on. And, let's not forget the one medium they truly were innovative -- the music video. While the first-ever MTV Video Music Awards may be remembered for Madonna rolling around on the floor "Like A Virgin," let's not forget the first-ever winner of the Video of the Year Award: The Cars for "You Might Think." When a lot of videos back then were being shot in a stark, white room, you had The Cars featured in such innovative videos such as that, "Magic," "Hello Again," and, let's not forget, "Drive." They are definitely one of the most deserving bands not in yet. Let 'em in!!!!!!

Posted by Mark on Thursday, 08.16.07 @ 03:59am


It's an absolute shame these five guys aren't in the Hall of Fame! They have paved the way for many of today's bands. Their sound was unique and was way ahead of the stuff playing when they first started out. Rick, Ben, Greg, Elliot and David deserve better than this - their body of works demands recognition!

Posted by Gus on Sunday, 09.30.07 @ 08:30am


the cars... the name alone says 70s and 80s they had more hits and albums and videos the a dozen groups put together..

Posted by noel on Monday, 10.1.07 @ 21:49pm


OK, I'm not a huge Cars fan but let me put this out there in their defense.

Back in 1977, they were probably one of the very first, maybe even THE first, band to receive widespread airplay and exposure in the U.S. that actually seemed to incorporate some elements of New Wave. As a regular suburban kid in SoCal during that time, I read a lot about punk and new wave in music magazines like Rolling Stone, Cream, and Circus, but I never got the chance to actually hear any of it. When I first heard "Just What I Needed", I heard something different than what I was used to hearing. There was a bit of rawness to it (nowhere near as raw as the Pistols or Ramones of course, but nobody was playing their music on the radio at the time), that, coupled with the overly exaggerated vocal affectations of the lead singer, at the time made me think "this must be some of that new wave stuff I've been reading about". To me, The Cars were one of the bands that first pointed the way towards the changes that were soon coming in music. Nowadays we think of them as a very mainstream, classic rock-type band, but they really were (along with Cheap Trick, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, and The Pretenders) the early indicators of a break with the past and a new direction to come. I say let 'em in.

Posted by ezwriter on Wednesday, 10.3.07 @ 12:03pm


This is a tough one because their first album was sensational no matter what anyone says but they really only had maybe three good albums that may not be enough.

Posted by zepfan on Saturday, 01.5.08 @ 15:29pm


The Cars 1978 debut album..."The Cars" is a classic. good times roll.

Posted by Joe-Skee on Thursday, 01.17.08 @ 12:57pm


People may argue about The Cars influence on music. They may say they are too pop, but I argue this, go back and listen to "best Friends Girl", "Candy-O", "Just What I Needed," and a few other songs. Then say that they didn't have influence on the music and bands who are out there today.
It's time, and Ric Ocasek wrote all of the songs, but the bassist, the late Ben Orr, from Cleveland, Ohio was the singer on some of their biggest hits.
They are still better now than alot of the garbage that's called music today. I'm mostly a fan of hard edge rock, but The Cars deserve to be inducted. I wonder what was said about Buddy Holly, or Elvis back in their time?

Posted by David on Friday, 02.8.08 @ 10:11am


let the cars in , they are pop rock, new wave, rock and roll, punkish,dance music,soft rock all put together in one band, they are rock and roll!!! ben r.i.p.

Posted by falc on Monday, 03.3.08 @ 21:40pm


I have no doubt that they will be inducted here in a few years. Wonderful band!

Posted by Paul in KY on Monday, 03.10.08 @ 08:17am


ezwriter nailed it. They opened a lot of doors, and introduced some new ideas into the mainstream. In they go.

Posted by LJ on Monday, 03.10.08 @ 13:39pm


The Cars should definitely be in the RRHOF. Their music was innovative, unique, and they were outstanding musicians! Just put on any Cars album and beginning to end, they are all well crafted rock albums. If they had no commercial success, they would be held in high esteem. Since they were commercially successful, the critics don't respect them. It's a shame that they are most remember for their mainstream pop songs like "You Might Think" and "Hello Again."

In High Fidelity, John Cusack asks (and I'm paraphrasing) "Should legendary performers be held responsible for crimes committed late in their careers?"

The last thing I want to add is this: If Blondie can get into the RRHOF, why aren't the Cars in? Same era, same new wave genre, and both carved out their own niches in the popular music in their day.

Posted by stingr22 on Thursday, 03.13.08 @ 23:19pm


The Cars should definitely be in the RRHOF. Their music was innovative, unique, and they were outstanding musicians! Just put on any Cars album and beginning to end, they are all well crafted rock albums. If they had no commercial success, they would be held in high esteem. Since they were commercially successful, the critics don't respect them. It's a shame that they are most remember for their mainstream pop songs like "You Might Think" and "Hello Again."

In High Fidelity, John Cusack asks (and I'm paraphrasing) "Should legendary performers be held responsible for crimes committed late in their careers?" If so, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, and REM should have their memberships in the hall revoked!

The last thing I want to add is this: If Blondie can get into the RRHOF, why aren't the Cars in? Same era, same new wave genre, and both carved out their own niches in the popular music in their day.

Posted by stingr22 on Thursday, 03.13.08 @ 23:21pm


I agree with stingr22's posting all the way.

The Cars were innovated and had a unique sound. They were also one of the first bands to embrace the early days of MTV.

To get to the Hall of Fame, you need to have influence other artist who come on the screen afterwords.

Let's see No Doubt, Gwen Stefani's Solo, Nada Surf, Weezer, All-American Rejects, The Hives and Fall Out Boy just to name a few names have all been majorly influenece by The Cars music.

And there are bands who get inducted that had friends in the business....I know that artist like Tom Petty has respect for The Cars.

Stingr22 is right....The Cars should be inducteed to the Hall of Fame sooner than later. They deserve it

Posted by Kyle on Friday, 03.14.08 @ 08:34am


Without a doubt they should be in. Along with Blondie, [Who was deserving] The Cars breathed life back into radio in the Late 70s. You can hear their influence everywhere... The Strokes and Fountains Of Wayne spring to mind.

Posted by Steve Potocin on Friday, 03.14.08 @ 08:44am


this is a major snub - The Cars? Not in yet? rediculous.
Anyone's latest snub list would have to include these guys somewhere on it.

Posted by freddy on Tuesday, 03.18.08 @ 09:24am


I have been to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
three times now, and each time I was surprised
to see some of the artists had made it in so
fast, with my (useless) opinion being that I
didn't believe it to be deserved of them.

But from someone who started to listen to music
from the early sixties and on, The Cars are
(again, my useless opinion) well deserving to follow the same path as those who have been
inducted. While it is true that a small portion
of The Cars songs were fast and easy, if you
listen to a larger portion of music that didn't
really make up the top 40, there was some amazing
work from this band. And what bands didn't have
top 40 songs? The Beatles? Yep. The Eagles? Yep.
Pink Floyd? Yep......

Please put The Cars into the Rock and Roll Hall
of Fame. A band that the two founding members
met in Columbus, Ohio, one being from the Cleveland area. It is too bad that Benjamin Orr,
the member from Cleveland, could not have lived long enough to enjoy the thrill of a lifetime for any rock and roller.

Posted by Sara on Tuesday, 04.22.08 @ 22:14pm


What's taking so long.... Put 'em in already !!!

Posted by Joe-Skee on Tuesday, 08.5.08 @ 13:14pm


I'm always a little shocked when I hear that the Cars aren't in the Hall. What's totally unique about the Cars is how much music was truly memorable, yet has somehow been forgotten. Just What I Needed/Good Times Roll/You're All I've Got Tonight & Bye Bye Love are awesome, and for my money, "It's All I Can Do" is the greatest Beatle song never written by the Beatles. Yet when it comes to this site all the talk seems to swing toward Rush/Journey/Trower/Crimson etc. getting in, whether Jovi/Def Lep/Kiss deserve to be there, and whether Nirvana/P. Jam/Pumpkins/Alice, etc. will be future locks or not. Kinda strange how the Cars have been overlooked.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Thursday, 08.28.08 @ 05:22am


Agree with your post Cheesecrop. Only thing I can think is that the Hall is still looking more at artists from 60s - 70s & they just have to wait their turn.

I'd be very surprised if they are not in by 2018.

Posted by Paul in KY on Thursday, 08.28.08 @ 06:19am


2018 - I will be dead by then!

Posted by Dameon on Thursday, 08.28.08 @ 07:33am


Dameon...Do you live next door to Philip? He's talking about hating his neighbor and piano wire , stuff like that. I'm deeply concerned!!!

Posted by Gitarzan on Thursday, 08.28.08 @ 08:21am


Not that I am aware of. It doesn't really matter anyway, if I was going to go like that, it would of happened in the 70's when I still lived in Little Italy.

Posted by Dameon on Thursday, 08.28.08 @ 08:51am


The music of the Cars is a great part of the 80's era that was unique. Noone else had their d mix of driving energy combined w/ heartfelt lyrics and emotion.With every song I could be uplifted or taken into a seriously dark place. Sometime's drifting off into a feeling that only Rick's voice could lead me. To this day they have that same effect on me. I remember everything I was doing when I first heard them. They should never be forgotten for what they gave us, as the history of rock continues.. Amen.

Posted by Lisa on Saturday, 08.30.08 @ 15:47pm


EZwriter is so right about the Cars. The thing about them is not that they themselves were musically revolutionary, but the fact that they were hugely influential because of the spot they occupied in pop music.
If you have a friend who has good taste otherwise, but for some reason can't take punk, start them out with a heavy dose of the Cars. After several months, move them through Squeeze, and later Jam and Boomtown Rats records. Throw in the Pretenders and Elvis Costello, include latter-day acts like Green Day and Elastica at some point. Before too long, you'll have them listening to Buzzcocks and The Clash.
The Cars are one of the alltime "gateway" bands, bringing fans from one end of rock to the other relatively seamlessly and effortlessly. That is why they are important. That is why they are influential. That, along with their strong musicianship, catchy pop sensibility, and big-time record sales is why they should be inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame.

Posted by Jack on Friday, 09.12.08 @ 09:18am


The Cars are cool Heck besides being the updated version of Buddy Holly.. They were one of the first players to use the electronic drums{SYNDRUMS} in the stuff,,, YES to the CARS

Posted by mrxyz on Friday, 09.12.08 @ 09:25am


The Cars deserve the nod. They were a new wave band that happened to write some really catchy singles that got airplay...so what, big deal. They probably paved the way for a lot of other new wave bands. If it wasn't for a few Cars hits then maybe record companies would not have seen the commercial viability of signing other "new wave" bands. The Cars made it ok to take a chance on other similar bands. Then there were other new wave bands like....say Blondie....that did new wave and didn't write anything catchy or vital....and yet, they sneak into the Hall. How the hell Blondie got into the Hall I will never know(I think they just wanted to throw a bone to a chick or something)....just a horrible insignificant band....left us with absolutely nothing...yet they got inducted....so by that rational....The Cars are no-brainers to get voted in.

Posted by bquest on Friday, 10.3.08 @ 15:36pm


The Cars should be in for sure - somebody on here said three great albums isn't enough! Come on, it's more than enough.
Unfortunately they committed the unpardonable sin of taking the energy and spirit of the punk era and turning it into music that ROCKED.

Posted by Polly on Wednesday, 10.8.08 @ 11:36am


The all-time #1 New Wave group. At least as far as record sales go.

Posted by Joe-Skee on Saturday, 12.6.08 @ 10:45am


Lets Look at Who They Have Influanced

THE CARS
|
THE PIXIES
| |
NIRVANA SMASHING PUMPKINS
\ /
POST-GRUNGE
(ALMOST EVERYONE 1998 & +)

See How That Works?
LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL!!!!

Posted by Tyson on Monday, 12.29.08 @ 09:23am


The Cars Were Frank Black Francis's Favorite Band!

Posted by Tyson on Monday, 12.29.08 @ 09:30am


Album: Based on The Cars and Candy-O alone. Done, game over!! They are in!! Eastley, Orr, Hawkes!! A trevesty they weren't in 1st ballot. Will not visit until justice is served.

Posted by Steve on Thursday, 02.5.09 @ 23:30pm


Are there more deserving bands? Yes.

Do The Cars deserve to be in the hall? Yes.

Claiming they have no influence shows a great ineptitude in modern music. It proves that someone hating on The Cars got their indoctrination via the You Might Think video or a Best Buy commercial. album by album-
The Cars - Excellent collection of songs Just What I Needed, Best Friends Girl, Moving In Stereo, Let The Good Times Roll...
Candy-O - Dangerous Type, Candy-O, Let's Go, I'll even throw in Double Life .
Panorama - (Probably their least popular, but their most daring try) Gimme Some Slack, Touch And Go, Panorama, Misfit Kid, You Wear Those Eyes...
Shake It Up - Since Your Gone, Shake It Up, I'm Not The One, Think It Over...
Heartbeat City (Their biggest seller and most pop) Magic, Hello Again, You Might Think, Drive (still a great ballad!) Heartbeat City, Why Can't I Have You..
Door To Door - I think this was by far their weakest, but their body of work leading up to it, speaks for itself.

Posted by Chris on Wednesday, 03.11.09 @ 12:03pm


How the hell have the Cars not made it in yet? They've sold plenty of records, critics love them, and plenty of bands cite them as an influence (Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Weezer), so why not?

I think that the Cars suffer from the same issue that Cheap Trick does: the Hall feels uncomfortable recognizing bands that take the pop-songwriting formula and combines it with a hard rock edge more akin to punk rock than true pop. Clearly, it doesn't occur to the selection committee how original and innovative this technique is; the fact that both the Cars and Cheap Trick were successful with is all the more surprising. To me, that alone makes both worthy of induction; both need to be inducted within the next five years. There a few weak classes coming up, so now would be a great time to do that.

Posted by AreUExperienced on Monday, 07.13.09 @ 21:10pm


Rock & Roll Jeopardy

If The Cars were to do the theme from "The Jeffersons" it would be called...

What is "Moving On Up In Stereo?"

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Saturday, 07.25.09 @ 02:33am


So...I've been wandering about this for some time...perhaps someone can clear it up for me...

What exactly are nuclear boots?

Posted by Milestones on Monday, 12.21.09 @ 10:55am


The Cars are a 'why not".

I liked them, but they are not quite a first choice in my book. I wouldn't be dissapointed if they got in, but I wouldn't be disappointed if they didn't either.

They had an influence over '80s rock, but you you can also tell that their bass player at least was heavily influenced by Tommy James & the Shondells.

So maybe they should get in first.

Posted by Mike on Monday, 03.15.10 @ 19:31pm


While The Cars were ahead of the curve in their 1978 debut album sound wise,the 1977 debut of Cheap Trick was much more so.It set out the blueprint for 90's rock more than 13 years ahead of time.It did not sell well,few people heard it.But luckily one of the few was a young kid in Seattle,Curt Cobain.Others ahead of the Cars in my list,Peter Gabriel,Heart(orig lineup),Carly Simon.

Posted by RR HOF judge on Wednesday, 04.28.10 @ 02:41am


The Cars drove 3 wonderful decades of teens and adults with awesome guitar, synths, arrangements, performances, one of a kind vocals and lyrics that really drew you in. They have always been immensely popular across a huge spectrum of people and tastes. They blow the doors in on the Talking Heads who were just hype to me - but The Cars - Moving in Stereo, Don't tell me No, All Mixed Up, Candy-0, Magic, Drive, Since You're Gone, Touch and Go, Let the Good Times Roll, Shake it Up, I'm Not the One, You Might Think, Tonight She Comes, Fine Line, Dangerous Type, Maybe Baby, You're All I've Got Tonight, HeartBeat City, Just What I Needed and many more - are you kidding me???? Fantastic consistently GREAT MUSIC. So even if the RRHF doesn't let them in - may they burn in H** then is all I can say. Sometimes I want Led Zeppelin, sometimes Bowie, but consistently The Cars rock America and my soul and always will.

Posted by David Bowie on Monday, 05.3.10 @ 22:24pm


During those three wonderful decades did they express anthing? No real meaning to these songs,it is to music what cotton candy is to food.I wish Orr had sung every Cars song,he at least tried to have some feeling.If you are looking for lasting impact from the 80's,see The Police,U2,and yes, Talking Heads.You will not find it with The Cars.

Posted by RR HOF judge on Friday, 05.28.10 @ 00:08am


Possibly. As Kit said, however, they need to get in line.

Posted by Sam on Sunday, 07.11.10 @ 15:37pm


Possibly. As Kit said, however, they need to get in line.

Posted by Sam on Sunday, 07.11.10 @ 15:37pm
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Nobody need wait in any line. If they were good enough to leave the impression they did, then why force them to wait (outside of the 25 yr. period, obviusly)?

Posted by Cheesecrop on Sunday, 07.11.10 @ 17:47pm


Because their impact pales against other new wave acts. In fact, I couldn't find any significance that they had.

Posted by Sam on Wednesday, 07.14.10 @ 20:26pm


Every year it seems like there is some blockbuster group or singer getting inducted into the RRHOF. Why not these guys ???

Posted by Joe-Skee on Friday, 09.10.10 @ 13:27pm


"During those three wonderful decades did they express anthing? No real meaning to these songs,it is to music what cotton candy is to food."

WTF? I don't think you have ANY idea what you're talking about. Feel free at anytime to join us back on earth.

Posted by jfon on Friday, 10.29.10 @ 02:58am


So back on your earth,Okasek was bareing his soul with his same ol same ol cartoon charicter vocals on any of that? Which song was it? Maybe I was out taking a piss when it happened.

Posted by RR HOF judge on Tuesday, 11.2.10 @ 02:05am


The Cars are worthy, especially in light of some other inductees of late. Yes, by Hearbeat (not Hearbreak!) City, they had a more pop-ish watered down sound, but even that album produced INNOVATIVE VIDEOS, hits and kept them vital a while longer. The 1st 2 albums are wall to wall classic rock classics, and their hits that followed were also worthy of inclusion. No, the albums from Panorama on may not have been all classics, but their betters songs make the Cars a band that belongs. Also, inspite of the dire missing of Ben Orr (who passed away in 2000), it is nice to see The Cars, with Ocasek mulling something new for 2011...

Posted by David Balzano on Saturday, 11.13.10 @ 08:22am


They deserve it.

Posted by phil on Saturday, 11.20.10 @ 11:07am


LET THEM IN!!!

LONG LIVE THE CARS!!!

Posted by John on Thursday, 11.25.10 @ 20:09pm


here's my opinion on the cars genre... to call them overall a pop band makes me uncomfertable (as ocasek likes to call the band). i look at them as a experimental rock band. they use catchy pop lyrics but easton always enforces rock in any song he takes part in which is why he is my favorite guitarst of all time! ocasek is the one that supplies the pop/new wave vocals, and orr supplies the rock/poprock vocals, which makes them a definete rock and roll/new wave/experimental band. HOF!!

Posted by nate on Thursday, 12.23.10 @ 16:39pm


If their new album is successful and rockets them back into public conciousness it's very possible this could be their year. They seem like a good compromise candidate anyway, just well known enough (and able to appease the "Classic Rawk" crowd) and respected to get in. Kinda like the Genesis of New Wave.

They deserve it too.

Posted by Jim on Monday, 02.21.11 @ 15:46pm


Eh, just about all you guys suck ass anyway! The cars were not watered down, here their debut album and tell me there isnt any hard rock and rock in some of them songs. They became pop rock in the 80's.

Posted by Nate on Saturday, 06.11.11 @ 22:17pm


Yeah, they're not one of the main snubs but their deserving enough.

Posted by GFW on Saturday, 06.18.11 @ 16:50pm


I don't think that the members of The Cars really care about whether they get in the HOF, but they should be in it. I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing when I first heard The Cars (Good Times Roll - now it is not really one of my favorites, but then it was groundbreaking for its synth usage). I just stopped everything and listened because it was so different from anything else that I had heard on the radio as a teen in the Midwest. It was one of those watershed moments when I heard something completely new and rrealized that music would be going in a new direction. I listened to the radio constantly during the next few days to hear more stuff by the Cars.

There has not really been another moment like that for me that came from listening to the radio. People who were not old enough to remember when they came out probably cannot understand what I am trying to say, but these guys were doing something new that most of us had not yet heard (at least on the radio out in the sticks).

It might be easy to look back at their catalog and say that it was okay (but nothing special), BUT at the time they came out they made a huge impact. I know that many of my friends were impacted by this band in the same way. I think you have to think about them in context with their times and remember how innovative and interesting they were. They were huge influences on many bands, but lots of bands are not technically competent enough to play music that sounded like them.

Posted by Conspiracy Man on Tuesday, 06.28.11 @ 17:36pm


The Cars have a new album out!

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 06.28.11 @ 23:08pm


I certainly do not mean to be one of those people who put down people not old enough to have experienced something, but I believe that most of the people who are voting against The Cars were not around to remember when they came out. They made a huge and immediate impact. It is easy to listen to their stuff now and wonder what was the big deal (although I still ike it), but music today would be different if The Cars had not existed. They were one of the first bands to feature keyboards in a meaningful way. Think of the music that was out when they came on the scene. Lots of people were completely blown away by them.

Also- lots of people don't like them because they just played their music onstage, without jumping around and making fools of themselves - I always thought that this was the coolest thing about them (but many like the stage jester mentality). I want musicians to just make music and don't really care what they do or how they look. I think that this is one of the reasons that lots of current music stinks - It looks great as a video or a fashion statement, but if you just listen to it out of speakers, it is often quite lame.

Posted by Conspiracy Man on Sunday, 07.10.11 @ 23:48pm


Yes to RRHOF!

Rock and Pop/New Wave-
The Cars first 3 albums were definitely rock oriented and classics.
By the 4th album, The Cars had made it and they were being produced by top producers "of the time".
If you take out all the "80" synth from those songs, they are rock. How can those songs sound great live with guitars if it was all synth recorded (it wasn't).

One important thing that NO ONE is discussing-
The Cars had 2 lead singers. How many bands had 2 leads with different styles, but meshed with all their songs? I can only think of The Beatles.
This one aspect, alone, raises the bar-

All their music, even "Door to Door" is excellent. If you don't like their lesser known music or unreleased stuff ex: "Cool Fool", you haven't actually listened to it. Their body of music is stronger than their competition.

Posted by Cool Fool on Thursday, 08.25.11 @ 17:36pm


I would say yes but there are a couple of things working against them. In their favor is that they did some really nice songs/albums. They were also important in helping to popuarize new wave music through the success of their 1978 debut album, and they had a good track record, although I don't think their first album was ever equalled by their subsequent output.

The problems as I see it is that they are not recognized as an originator of the genre. That distinction has to go to bands like the Talking Heads, Blondie and Elvis Costello, which is in part why those bands have already been inducted. The Cars were able to benefit from the inroads that these bands had started to make to crack the US market, a gradual but gathering process as the US music industry encounter economic crisis in 1978/79 and was looking for a new alternative to their traditional FM radio format. In fact it is one of those situations where success works against them. The reason is that radio stations seized upon the Cars as a safer new wave alternative to the early bands that were too closely connected to the punk scene for comfort. This was not the fault of the Cars in any way, but the sense that they were propelled forward by being the safer "corporate" choice (as with the Knack) is a detriment, fairly or not. This is coupled with a longstanding disdain for new wave as a "corruption" of punk, a claim that is utter nonsense but still prevalent.

All in all I would say that they had enough good songs, enough musical impact/influence(their early albums helped finally get new wave into the mainstream), and enough commercial success to warrant induction. Their first album was a very good album. That the US music industry was so messed up back then should not be held against them.

Posted by astrodog on Saturday, 09.17.11 @ 12:04pm


Hey Astrodog, I see you are still here. I posted this comment/question but you never replied. Is it that you don't have an answer? Please set the record straight. Thank you.


Hey Astrodog (or one of your defenders),

Could you please expound your prior comment with specific examples of how it is true? I was always under the impression that Linda was VERY involved in the composition of her recordings.

"Not writing your own material isn't an automatic disqualification, but Ronstadt would have a much better case if she had been involved in the musical composition of her albums. In that sense even Donna Summer has an advantage over her."

Thank you.

Posted by Richie on Saturday, 09.17.11 @ 23:41pm


It's simple. Look up her discography and then look up the origin of songs on the album. The subject is done. Don't fixate.

Posted by astrodog on Sunday, 09.18.11 @ 03:15am


"During those three wonderful decades did they express anthing? No real meaning to these songs,it is to music what cotton candy is to food." - RRHOF Judge

And why is that such a bad thing?

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Sunday, 11.13.11 @ 12:35pm


Not every band has to be daring trailblazers, if they were music would end after a hunndred bands or so as all the trails would be blazed (crap analogy I know but still)

Posted by GFW on Sunday, 11.13.11 @ 15:26pm


Given how Rick looked/looks, I'd say songs about girls & partying & whatnot had some 'real meaning' to him.

Posted by Paul in KY on Friday, 11.18.11 @ 12:31pm


I was thinking of the arbitrariness that goes into some of the Hall's selections, the so-called "intangibles", and I thought a really good comparison would be the Cars and Tom Petty. Their music has similarities regarding structure, tempo and subject matter. Yet Tom Petty was inducted as a first ballot selection and the Cars have never even been nominated. So here first is their respective discographies:


The Cars (1978)-6x Platinum
Candy-O(1979)-4x-Platinum
Panorama(1980)-Platinum
Shake It Up(1981)-2x Platinum
Heartbeat City(1984)-4x Platinum
Door to Door(1987)-Gold
Move Like This(2011)


Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (1976)-Gold
You’re Gonna Get It!-1978-Gold
Damn the Torpedoes (1979)-2x Platinum
Hard Promises (1981)-Platinum
Long After Dark (1982)-Gold
Southern Accents(1985)-Platinum
Let Me Up (I’ve had Enough) (1987)-Platinum
Into the Great Wide Open (1981)-2x Platinum
Songs and Music from “She’s the One” (1996)-Gold
Echo (1999)-Gold
The Last DJ (2002)
Mojo (2010)

In their prime periods the Cars clearly had the better of the comparison. And you can make a strong case that the Cars had a more important historical impact. So what gives?

I think the issue is how each band was labeled. The Cars were "new wave". Petty was seen as a traditionalist, good old fashioned rock. When you compare their early output these labels make very little sense. But such labels have a huge influence on critics and the music press. Petty, as a supposed traditionalist, is seen as "authentic" while the Cars, as "new wave", are seen as artifice. Realistically such labels are nonsense, but they shape perception anyway. And you again have that perverse sentiment that endlessly circulates in music that sticking to tradition, of being "traditional" as opposed to "progressive" etc., is a virtue. It's an ideological judgment that is both childish and yet pervasive. It gets Tom Petty a first ballot induction despite a derivative and good but not brilliant career while the Cars get left completely out in the cold.

Posted by astrodog on Tuesday, 12.13.11 @ 13:14pm


I think the problem for the Cars isn't so much that they were "New Wave." You have other inductees like Talking Heads, Blondie and Elvis Costello that have been labeled "New Wave." Maybe the powers that be see The Cars as compromising their artistic integrity by making New Wave accessible to the masses by blending it with hard rock, where somebody like Petty doesn't have that problem since there's nothing to really have to compromise on by doing "traditional" rock. Or maybe they just don't think The Cars are as good as Talking Heads, Blondie and Elvis Costello.

Posted by classicrocker on Tuesday, 12.13.11 @ 14:18pm


It just seems that people take these labels way too seriously. All of these labels were media created; the bands didn't choose them. Once you get beyond the labels you are left to evaluate an artist's career. The idea that Petty and the Cars are so comparable yet Petty gets in by the happenstance that he was never labeled "new wave" with all the critical baggage that term carried demonstrates how arbitrary thinking in music can be. And the whole idea that an artist compromises by having commercial success always seemed absurd. Petty can be commercial successful because he is not bond by preconceptions, but the Cars get tarred by the exact same thing.

Posted by astrodog on Tuesday, 12.13.11 @ 17:22pm


A real good pop band with elements of rock and occasional intensity(see Dangerous Type). One of the first mainstream acts to rely heavily on synthesizers. Lots of good songs and album sales but if more talented bands like Foreigner and Journey are not getting in, then The Cars wont.

Posted by Eddie Dobzanski on Friday, 01.6.12 @ 19:43pm


The HOF entry requirements section 8 part 1 ... " No band inducted may have a singer sounding like a slightly higher pitched Bullwinkle the Moose.

Posted by RR HOF Judge on Saturday, 03.10.12 @ 20:59pm


The Cars are the first band that I can remember developing a deep appreciation for. I can remember back when I was 8-10 years old and my dad (who was fortunate enough to be alive when The Cars were in their prime years) would often play the cassette of The Cars' debut album in the car (haha, how appropriate) on long drives. I didn't know who they were at the time, but I can remember liking the music the instant I heard it.

It was sometime later in my teen years when I began to seek out the discography of The Cars and read up on the band members. The first thing that impressed me about this band was Ric Ocasek's voice.I'll be damned if you can find a guitarist from the same era who could really tear it up like Elliot Easton. Put on Fine Line, You Can't Hold On Too Long, Dangerous Type, or My Best Friend's Girl, and tell me that I'm wrong. I doubt you could. Benjamin Orr (R.I.P.) provided an interesting contrast to Ocasek in the vocal department. Whereas Ocasek's voice has always had a haunting, yet melodic tone, Orr's pipes were more typical of a rock star, very expressive and emotionally-charged. Yet both were and are equally talented singers. Such a shame that Orr lost his fight to pancreatic cancer.

Now let's evaluate their induction chances. They certainly have commercial success on their side. Their first six albums all went either gold, platinum, silver, or multi-platinum and ranked in the top 30 albums charts. Plenty of their singles made it onto the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks charts with at least seven songs that cracked the top 10.

Critically speaking, The Cars fared very well. their self-titled debut album won praise from Rolling Stone (ranked 4 out of 5 stars) and Robert Christgau (who gave it a B+). Christgau seems to be a fan of The Cars, as he awarded their next four albums a B+, a B-, a B, and a B+ (I couldn't find a grade or review for Door to Door). Rolling Stone awarded Heartbeat City a respectable three-star rating. I couldn't find any RS ratings or reviews for Candy-O, Panorama, Shake It Up, or Door to Door. New York Times music critic Robert Palmer summarized The Cars' style thus:

"They have taken some important but disparate contemporary trends—punk minimalism, the labyrinthine synthesizer and guitar textures of art rock, the '50s rockabilly revival and the melodious terseness of power pop—and mixed them into a personal and appealing blend."

I'll come back later and discuss the other criteria for induction, but so far it looks like The Cars are worthy of a nomination.

Posted by Zach on Wednesday, 05.2.12 @ 22:00pm


Enjoyed your post on the Cars, Zach. Like I've said before, I certainly think they're overdue for induction.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Thursday, 05.3.12 @ 03:55am


Here, I agree with Zach. Strange days ;-)

Posted by Paul in KY on Thursday, 05.3.12 @ 07:35am


I think a lot of people agree w/Zach regarding the Cars. Regrettably, it always seems as though the real Rock Hall leaves someone behind from a given genre, & I'd hate to think the Cars were part of this particular quirk.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Thursday, 05.3.12 @ 12:01pm


I don't have the time right now to go in-depth with part 2 of my analysis of The Cars' chances for induction, but I will say this: In terms of their impact (both immediate and long-lasting), "Moving in Stereo" figured prominently into the iconic scene of Judge Reinhold fantasizing about Phoebe Cates removing her bikini top in Fast Times at Ridgemont High. When a song becomes identified with one of the most defining films of a decade, you know it's made an impact on culture. Not bad for a song that was never released as a single. Plus, Fast Times at Ridgemont High is a great flick.

Posted by Zach on Friday, 05.4.12 @ 16:39pm


Zach - Don't forget to vote in the song project!

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Friday, 05.4.12 @ 17:07pm


The Fast Times moving in stereo scene is well remembered,but please don't try to hold it up next to "The End" by the Doors opening Apocalypse Now.

Posted by RR HOF Judge on Thursday, 08.9.12 @ 00:56am


The Fast Times moving in stereo scene is well remembered,but please don't try to hold it up next to "The End" by the Doors opening Apocalypse Now.

Posted by RR HOF Judge on Thursday, 08.9.12 @ 00:56am

The Moving in Stereo/Phoebe Cates scene in Fast Times at Ridgemont High is probably just as iconic as the opening to Apocalypse Now with The End. I agree that Coppola used the song effectively (even though I personally don't like the movie as a whole), but saying that the Fast Times scene shouldn't be on the same level is entirely subjective.

Neither song was released as a single, which makes their respective uses all that more impressive.

I did some research and found these movie soundtrack lists, both which rank the Fast Times/Moving in Stereo quite highly.

100 Best Movie Soundtrack Songs: http://dj-funktual.hubpages.com/hub/The-100-Greatest-Movie-Soundtrack-Songs

10 Awesome Movie Songs: http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/10-awesome-movie-songs/

Furthermore, that scene has been remade/parodied on Family Guy, Scrubs, and Alias, just to name a few shows.

Posted by Zach on Tuesday, 08.28.12 @ 20:02pm


Apocalypse Now in 1979 had critics scratching their heads at Coppola.Today history has been re-written and you just about can't attend film school without being made to study its opening.The song was already considered a RR milestone for 12 years without the visuals of that film.Moving in stereo was just another song on "Panorama" until it was chosen for that scene in Fast Times and without being used it would have remained that.The Fast Times scene is iconic in the limited realm of HS films just like "Don't you forget about me" closing "The breakfast club"."The End" opening Apocalypse Now was an iconic film opening, period.

Posted by RR HOF Judge on Sunday, 09.30.12 @ 01:52am


With a name like RR HOF Judge, it's evident that humility is not one of your stronger suits.

"The song was already considered a RR milestone for 12 years without the visuals of that film"

The End was never released as an official single. The song has received a posthumous re-evaluation, but when the Doors' self-titled debut album was released, The End never received any mass attention. While I wasn't alive in 1979 (the year Apocalypse Now was released), I can pretty much guarantee you that if you had asked the average person to name a Doors song, he/she would have said either Light My Fire, People Are Strange, Hello I Love You, Touch Me, Love Her Madly, or Riders on the Storm.

I doubt that The End was "considered a milestone for 12 years." If anything, the use of The End in Apocalypse Now might have exposed the song to more people and made it one of the Doors' iconic songs.

"Moving in stereo was just another song on "Panorama" until it was chosen for that scene in Fast Times and without being used it would have remained that."

Moving in Stereo is on The Cars' self-titled debut album, not Panorama.

"Today history has been re-written and you just about can't attend film school without being made to study its opening."

I can't say I've ever attended film school, but having taken a Digital Film Making course, I can tell you that we never studied that scene in the class. As I recall, we studied the cropduster scene from North by Northwest, which I find to be a far superior movie to Apocalypse Now.

Posted by Zach on Friday, 10.5.12 @ 18:44pm


A song does not become a milestone just by selling lots of copies. It is about how influentual it is considered.The "average person" could also probably not tell you who recorded "tomarrow never knows" which is why the average person so far has not had a vote in the RR HOF selection.When the songs that defined the psychedelic mid/ late 60's are brought up by music knowedgable people who were alive at the time(unlike you and I),The End always ranks right among the top, as a milestone. It shares that status only with songs like "God only knows" from Pet Sounds,"Strawberry Fields forever" from Sgt Peppers,"white rabbit" from Surrealistic Pillow,"light my fire" also from the Doors debut album, and again ... "tomarrow never knows" from Revolver.Very few songs appear well into the mid-pack or better ranking of both Rolling Stones list of "500 greatest songs of all time" , the Rock and Roll HOF's "Songs that shaped Rock and Roll" and at least top 15 on every best film opening sequence song list and The End is one of them. Moving in stereo's ranking? Not even on the RS & RRHOF lists. It is part of memoral scene in a memoral 80's HS film,that gave it huge exposure and recognition it would not have otherwise having been overshaddowed by other cars songs where average people asked to name cars songs would overlook it.Got the album wrong, my bad, but my point there does not change. As good as Phoebe Cates looked in slow motion I think buffalo farts could have been the audio used and most guys would not notice the difference.

Posted by RR HOF Judge on Sunday, 10.7.12 @ 13:15pm


"A song does not become a milestone just by selling lots of copies."

Didn't your parents ever tell you not to put words in other people's mouths? I said nothing of the sort. I was simply relating the historical record. The End (great song, BTW) did not enter the public consciousness in the late 1960s/early 1970s like Light My Fire, Hello I Love You, and Touch Me did. The End was not released as a single and with the exception of Martin Scorsese's student film Who's That Knocking At My Door, it was not performed on any national TV shows (e.g., The Ed Sullivan Show) or included in any major film soundtracks. Apocalypse Now changed all that and helped propel the song into the public consciousness. It is now rightfully part of The Doors' iconic songs.

Songs become milestones through the following factors: exposure in other media (especially film/TV/commercial soundtracks), influence on the development of a genre of music or music as a whole, recognizability, covers by other artists, and lasting appeal. I could name off dozens of examples, but just to namedrop a few:

Over the Rainbow
Rock Around the Clock
Take Five
Take the "A" Train
Your Cheatin' Heart
(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
Respect
Linus and Lucy
Billie Jean
White Christmas
You're A Grand Old Flag
La Vie en Rose

"The "average person" could also probably not tell you who recorded "tomarrow never knows" which is why the average person so far has not had a vote in the RR HOF selection."

Showing your true elitist colors here, huh? Considering how The Beatles continue to be jammed down the throats of the public, I very much doubt that most people don't know that Tomorrow Never Knows (which isn't all that great of a song) is a Beatles song.

"Moving in stereo's ranking? Not even on the RS & RRHOF lists."

So what? It's still a fantastic song.

"As good as Phoebe Cates looked in slow motion I think buffalo farts could have been the audio used and most guys would not notice the difference."

A comment as infantile as this doesn't merit a full-blown response.

I'll finish up my analysis on The Cars' induction chances soon. Just keep your snide commentary out of it, mmkay?

Posted by Zach on Saturday, 03.30.13 @ 03:05am


The Cars

01. Ric Ocasek (1976–Present: vocals, guitar)
02. Elliot Easton (1976–Present: guitar)
03. Greg Hawkes (1976–Present: keyboards, synthesizer, percussion, saxophone, bass)
04. David Robinson (1976–Present: drums, percussion)
05. Benjamin Orr (1976–2000: vocals, bass)

Posted by Roy on Friday, 05.24.13 @ 17:28pm


The Cars - awesome band, just read the YouTube comments. What are you waiting for? Stop the madness and open the door.

Posted by Tina on Sunday, 08.25.13 @ 22:01pm


Hell yea they belong in the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame, who influenced the Killers, Weezer and supposedly No Doubt. Maybe they were mainstream after awhile but they certainly belong in there. When Ric Ocasek met Benjamin Orr and Greg Hawkes with Elliot Easton ALl they needed now was David Robinson to morph into the CARS. Some people believe that Ric Ocasek sang all the songs and wrote all the lyrics but he didnt , the choice to have Ben Orr sing 45% of the songs were a great decision by the CARS and when they did that they became unstoppable, Ben Orr on vocals with Bye Bye Love, Just What I Needed, Candyo and Lets go they couldnt go wrong. I believe those first 4 albums they had were amazing. they had out of 9 hits on that 1st album already. The talking heads werent better then the CARS. and for the video of the year for 1984 , they wont it with You Might Think. When the CARS released drive they hit number 2 and Ben Orr sang Drive on Live aid , that did it. It s all the decisions of the critics who got those bands in.

Posted by Steven Dwyer on Monday, 11.25.13 @ 00:59am


I don't think the Cars will be inducted. There are a back load of bands trying to scratch their way into RRHOF. Deep Purple,YES,Duran Duran,The Cure,Bon Jovi,Chicago,Scorpions,Def Leppard etc.

No doubt The Cars had some nice hits. Magic,You Might Think,Drive,Just What I Needed. Ric Ocasik & Ben Orr made a good 1-2 singing combination. Some of their MTV videos were innovative like the You Might Think one.

I just can't see The Cars making it with so many bands still waiting to punch their ticket. Will probably receive another nomination in the next 5-10 yrs. KING

Posted by KING on Friday, 01.31.14 @ 02:20am


I don't think the Cars will be inducted. There are a back load of bands trying to scratch their way into RRHOF. Deep Purple,YES,Duran Duran,The Cure,Bon Jovi,Chicago,Scorpions,Def Leppard etc.

No doubt The Cars had some nice hits. Magic,You Might Think,Drive,Just What I Needed. Ric Ocasik & Ben Orr made a good 1-2 singing combination. Some of their MTV videos were innovative like the You Might Think one.

I just can't see The Cars making it with so many bands still waiting to punch their ticket. Will probably receive another nomination in the next 5-10 yrs. KING

Posted by KING on Friday, 01.31.14 @ 02:37am


You don't think The Cars will be inducted, but you do think Adam Ant will be a hall of famer? Really? It will take awhile, but The Cars are a certainty at some point, Ant will never even be nominated. Never even be discussed by the Committee. And The Cars didn't just have some nice hits, they were one of the defining New Wave bands, and Ric Ocasek is hugely respected in the industry.

Posted by dezmond on Friday, 01.31.14 @ 15:35pm


I couldn’t agree with you more, Dezmond. The Cars are defiantly a band that belongs in the Hall of Fame, much more then Adam Ant who like you said will never get in. To me, these guys are one of the definite New Wave groups along with The Police. Songs like “My Best Friend’s Girl”, “Just What I Needed”, “Shake It Up” and “I Like The Nightlife” are some of my favorite songs of this group.

I personally came to know The Cars after my father turned me on to them. After that, I was curious about these guys and I started listening to them more. The opening bass line on “Just What I Needed” still gets me every time that song comes on the radio.

Once again, These guys should’ve been inducted into the Hall a long time ago.

Also, KING, stop thinking that singers like Adam Ant and Bryan Adams will ever be inducted into the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame becuase they never will be.

Posted by Andrew on Friday, 01.31.14 @ 20:49pm


Just saw that people posted on The Cars. I would say NO but they will get nominated at some point. One of the posters did a great comparison between album sales of The Cars & Tom Petty. It did surprise me that The Cars had higher sales but I like Tom Petty & his music better.

People can try to undermine singers like Bryan Adams & Adam Ant but they have a lot of HOF criteria. Reckless will forever be 1 of my FAV albums & Adam Ant created a genre of music that was interesting in sound & delivery. KING

Posted by KING on Thursday, 02.13.14 @ 03:58am


Just saw that people posted on The Cars. I would say NO but they will get nominated at some point. One of the posters did a great comparison between album sales of The Cars & Tom Petty. It did surprise me that The Cars had higher sales but I like Tom Petty & his music better.

People can try to undermine singers like Bryan Adams & Adam Ant but they have a lot of HOF criteria. Reckless will forever be 1 of my FAV albums & Adam Ant created a genre of music that was interesting in sound & delivery. KING

Posted by KING on Thursday, 02.13.14 @ 04:02am


King, I dig Reckless too. But whether you or I really like a record is irrelevant to rockhall credentials. Objectively speaking, Ant will never even be nominated, Adams is a long shot, and The Cars are a certainty at some point.

Posted by dezmond on Thursday, 02.13.14 @ 07:00am


Don't understand this push for The Cars. Their best songs like Cheap Trick were back in the late 70's & mid 80's. Millions of Americans have been born since then. Many don't know who The Cars or Cheap Trick was.
I would put AIC, Bon Jovi,Chicago,Deep Purple,Def Leppard,Duran Duran,ELO,Foreigner,Scorpions,STP,The Cure,XTC etc before the Cars. They will get nominated like Chic or The Replacements but won't enter RRHOF. KING

Posted by KING on Saturday, 02.15.14 @ 13:05pm


More people know who the Cars are than know who the Scorpions, Adam Ant, or XTC are. I'm not a huge fan of the Cars, but there's a lot to be said for a major frontrunner of new wave rock that also had an incredible string of commercial success to go with it, two things not usually found in combination with each other. They're fairly innovative in that regard, I can't help but imagine they're quite influential, and have much more name recognition impact than you care to admit. It could still be several years before the Cars get in, but as it stands right now, their chances are a helluva lot better than XTC, Foreigner, the Scorpions, Adam Ant, or Bryan Adams... none of whose names have even come up in discussion ("Previously Considered") where the Cars have. It's not so much a push as it is understanding that they've got credentials you're flat-out denying the existence of.

Posted by Philip on Sunday, 02.16.14 @ 00:27am


I've stated on both of my posts that the Cars would probably get nominated. Know about their music. One poster made a good point about building 25 stories in the Hall.It was sarcastic but correct.Can't put every group in the Hall.

My point was these new teenage music fans they get steered towards Zeppelin,Floyd,The Who,The Beatles,Stones.Groups like that. The Cars & Cheap Trick are in the shadows of these giants. KING

Posted by KING on Monday, 02.17.14 @ 00:23am


I've stated on both of my posts that the Cars would probably get nominated. Know about their music. One poster made a good point about building 25 stories in the Hall.It was sarcastic but correct.Can't put every group in the Hall.

My point was these new teenage music fans they get steered towards Zeppelin,Floyd,The Who,The Beatles,Stones.Groups like that. The Cars & Cheap Trick are in the shadows of these giants. KING

Posted by KING on Monday, 02.17.14 @ 00:23am


I've stated on both of my posts that the Cars would probably get nominated. Know about their music. One poster made a good point about building 25 stories in the Hall.It was sarcastic but correct.Can't put every group in the Hall.

My point was these new teenage music fans they get steered towards Zeppelin,Floyd,The Who,The Beatles,Stones.Groups like that. The Cars & Cheap Trick are in the shadows of these giants. KING

Posted by KING on Monday, 02.17.14 @ 00:25am


"Don't understand this push for The Cars." - KING

You say that you "know about their music," but I am not sure that you really do. The Cars were one of the most important New Wave bands. A band that is a leader in a genre as important as New Wave naturally gets serious consideration. As Phillip points out, they were also huge commercially for over half a decade. Innovation and influence plus commercial success (although not officially a criteria) usually means induction eventually. Add to all of that they were also pioneers in music video.

Ric Ocasek is also a very respected figure outside of the Cars as a producer. Not criteria for the band itself, but again it helps in the sense that there are probably many in the business who would like to see Ocasek (and therefore his band) get in.

The 80's are woefully underrespresented for reasons that have been discussed for many years on this site. But The Cars are one of the leaders in the backlog for that decade (I know they started in the late 70's, but they are inextricably tied to the 80's). Their influence is also much bigger than you acknowledge. Pop rock bands like Phoenix, The Killers and many others owe a debt to The Cars that I am sure they would readily acknowledge.

Out of the bands that you listed in your post, The Cars are more likely to be inducted than Foreigner, Adam Ant, Def Leppard, Scorpions, STP or XTC. More deserving too.

I agree with you on one thing. You "can't put every group" in the Hall. But The Cars are far more than just any group. Top tier in the 80's, and one of the bigger snubs.

Posted by Dezmond on Tuesday, 02.18.14 @ 01:43am


Dezmond, IMO, Stone Temple Pilots have as good a case as The Cars for the Hall.

Not quite as many hit songs, but pioneer grungers who may have more 'influence' today.

Posted by Paul in KY on Tuesday, 02.18.14 @ 09:56am


Huh?! I like STP, but I don't see them as close to the Cars.

1. The Cars were seen as on the ground floor for mainstreaming new wave. They weren't the first. The Police broke first in the US and Blondie broke first worldwide. However, they all happened in less than a one-year period and more importantly, they all had very different sounds.

2. STP was NOT seen as being on the ground floor for mainstreaming grunge. Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and Alice in Chains all broke first and STP was considered a Pearl Jam ripoff (primarily Pearl Jam, although they were accused of ripping the other bands off some too). Critics were as harsh on them as they were on Creed later, and for the same reasons.

3. STP obviously developed its sound and were more versatile than the other post-grungers, but when you change your sound with every album, you are simply seen as a trend-hopper. Yes, it proved they could write all sorts of different songs, which most post-grungers (from Everclear to Nickelback, although at least Art Alexakis was a good lyricist) couldn't but how can you influence anybody when you don't have a common core to your sound?

4. More to the point, the Cars did NOT sound like they were imitating the other new wave bands of the time, so they likely influenced bands that Blondie, The Police, Talking Heads, Devo, etc... did NOT influence, just like all those other bands likely influenced bands The Cars didn't influence. Who could STP have possibly influenced that Nirvana and Pearl Jam didn't also influence? After you've inducted them, isn't an STP induction redundant?

I like a bunch of STP's singles but that's a comparison as off-the-mark as many of KING's. In fact, I'd say Def Leppard and XTC both have a much better case than STP. Def Leppard was at least more or less on the ground floor of New Wave of British Heavy Metal and hair metal and influenced a shitload more bands (while sounding different from Van Halen and the Sunset Strip bands, in part because being British, they came by their glam rock influences much more naturally than the American bands did), while XTC had considerably more critical acclaim than the other bands listed... Hell, Def Leppard had considerably more critical acclaim than STP and even they're probably pretty borderline...

If you want to predict which bands are likely, go to acclaimedmusic.net and look at where a given band is ranked in critical acclaim. I'd say an artist ranked in the top 200 in critical acclaim and popular in the US is a lock, an artist ranked 201-500th and popular in the US still has a shot, an artist ranked in the top 100 and not popular in the US will probably eventually get in years after becoming eligible, and an artist ranked in the top 200 and not popular in the US has something of a shot. I'd say anyone else is an extreme longshot. STP has the popularity, but weren't ranked in even the top 1000 in critical acclaim.

Now, critical acclaim is a funny, funny thing and there are certainly some ridiculous things on the list, such as Britney Spears being ranked considerably higher than Alice in Chains and Stevie Ray Vaughan, who had much more innovation and influence. But this can help you predict which bands are likely to have support and which won't. Hell, maybe the relative lack of critical acclaim is why SRV hasn't been nominated yet, which is WRONG since he's well overdue, but still...

Posted by Sean on Tuesday, 02.18.14 @ 12:01pm


"STP obviously developed its sound and were more versatile than the other post-grungers"

Actually, I think Foo Fighters are probably more versatile. I can't envision STP having a track like "Ballad of the Beaconsfield Miners" on any of their albums...

Posted by Sean on Tuesday, 02.18.14 @ 12:04pm


Love The Cars discussion. If it helps them get in RRHOF,more power to them.That's the whole point of Future Rock Legends. To discuss their merits.

It's apparent that I misjudged the Cars fanbase & their popularity still after many years. Still think it will be hard for The Cars to leap frog Duran Duran,The Cure,Def Leppard etc. who have been putting out a steady stream of material while the Cars were on a 20+ yrs hiatus. I guess the knife cuts both ways.Cat Stevens had a long break & returned & will be inducted in 2014. Alice In Chains also had about 15 yrs between new studio albums as they tried to churn forward after Layne's death.I think AIC will be inducted in a few yrs. Maybe that's hope for The Cars.

I would like to see The Cars inducted for Ben Orr.He lost his battle with cancer many years ago. He was a very good singer & one of my FAV's of my sisters.I like when he sings Drive.Here's a good exercise.Take The Cars or insert group & stack them up against 30 RRHOF candidates.Where would they rank?

More deserving The Cars or:1.Deep Purple 2.Sting 3.YES 4.NWA 5.Joan Jett & The Blackhearts 6.Scorpions 7.Bon Jovi 8.Chicago 9.The Cure 10.Duran Duran 11.Foreigner 12.Def Leppard 3.Alice In Chains 14.Radiohead 15.Pearl Jam 16.Beck 17.Mariah Carey 18.Counting Crows 19.NWA 20.Journey 21.Sheryl Crow 22.Motorhead 23.Iron Maiden 24.Stevie Nicks 25.LL Cool J 26.The Moody Blues 27.STP 28.XTC 29.Bryan Adams 30.Bad Company.

As you know,some of these bands won't eligible for a few years better to include them though.I'm curious where the music fans would draw (eth) the line. Have a good day. KING

Posted by KING on Tuesday, 02.18.14 @ 13:53pm


Appreciate hearing your point of view, Sean. I prefer The Cars to STP myself. I think both are Hall worthy. We have inducted both into our Hall.

Posted by Paul in KY on Tuesday, 02.18.14 @ 15:38pm


"Still think it will be hard for The Cars to leap frog Duran Duran,The Cure,Def Leppard etc. who have been putting out a steady stream of material while the Cars were on a 20+ yrs hiatus."

It's about recording classics/memorable albums and songs, not simply remaining active. Outside the bands' hardcore fans, who has cared about anything The Cure has done since Wish (MAYBE Bloodflowers), anything Def Leppard has done since Adrenalize, and anything Duran Duran has done since The Wedding Album? (And in all those cases, I'm probably being generous). It doesn't matter that all those bands continue to record if they're not recording classic albums. It's about what you do at your peak, not longevity.

"More deserving The Cars or:1.Deep Purple 2.Sting 3.YES 4.NWA 5.Joan Jett & The Blackhearts 6.Scorpions 7.Bon Jovi 8.Chicago 9.The Cure 10.Duran Duran 11.Foreigner 12.Def Leppard 3.Alice In Chains 14.Radiohead 15.Pearl Jam 16.Beck 17.Mariah Carey 18.Counting Crows 19.NWA 20.Journey 21.Sheryl Crow 22.Motorhead 23.Iron Maiden 24.Stevie Nicks 25.LL Cool J 26.The Moody Blues 27.STP 28.XTC 29.Bryan Adams 30.Bad Company."

I'd say:

Much more deserving than the Cars: Deep Purple, NWA, The Cure, Radiohead, Pearl Jam, LL Cool J

Slightly more deserving than the Cars: Yes, Beck, Iron Maiden, Moody Blues

About even with the Cars: Duran Duran, Alice In Chains, Motorhead

Less deserving than the Cars:

Borderline cases I would say yes to: Chicago, Def Leppard, Mariah Carey, Journey, XTC

Borderline cases I would say no to: Sting, Joan Jett, Bon Jovi, Counting Crows, Sheryl Crow, Stevie Nicks, Stone Temple Pilots, Bad Company

Not deserving at all: Scorpions, Foreigner, Bryan Adams

Obviously not everyone will agree, and no, I'm not against female artists. I think you chose the wrong ones. As far as a female arena rock act besides Heart, I think Pat Benatar would be a better choice than Joan Jett, for example.

I think the only acts I never see the hall considering from your list are: Stevie Nicks, STP, Scorpions, Foreigner, Bryan Adams... I think others like Journey and Counting Crows will probably make the Previously Considered list but never be nominated, and I think some like Mariah Carey will definitely be inducted, but only after about 15 years or so when she's considered too big too ignore, a la Neil Diamond.

And obviously there are many, many others. You don't have to necessarily agree with my hierarchy, but I think it's close. This isn't a precise opinion of what I think the hall will do though. For one example, I think Bon Jovi is much more likely to actually be inducted than Journey or Def Leppard, but I think those two are also slightly more deserving because I see Bon Jovi as derivative of them.

Posted by Sean on Tuesday, 02.18.14 @ 16:04pm


Love the feedback Sean. I think Counting Crows will be pretty much a lock RRHOF since they sound like The Band & are brilliant writers & musicians.Incredible catalogue of hits their signature one of course Mr.Jones.

Def Leppard had 2 of the smash albums of the 80's. Pyromania & Hysteria. They did enough before & after to receive induction.

Beck's one of those artists the Committee likes to induct. I would put the cars in front of Beck.

If I had to draw my line,it would be Deep Purple,Duran Duran,YES,Def Leppard,Mariah Carey,Bon Jovi in front of The Cars but it shows that The Cars are more deserving than I thought previously.

Love Pat Benatar Sean.Tried to select 30 groups of different genres. KING

Posted by KING on Tuesday, 02.18.14 @ 17:04pm


Glad you are open to discussion, King. I see you take debate and spirited discussion in the proper perspective. I'll play:

More deserving than the Cars: Deep Purple, Yes, Cure, Duran Duran, Radiohead, Pearl Jam

Equally deserving as Cars: NWA, Chicago, Def Leppard, Beck, Mariah Carey, Journey, Motorhead, Iron Maiden, LL Cool J, Moody Blues, Alice in Chains

Less deserving than Cars: Sting, Joan Jett, Bon Jovi, Bryan Adams, Scorpions, Stevie Nicks, Foreigner, Counting Crows, Bad Co.

Should not even be in the discussion: Sheryl Crow

Posted by dezmond on Tuesday, 02.18.14 @ 17:38pm


Actually, put NWA in the more deserving category

Posted by dezmond on Tuesday, 02.18.14 @ 17:40pm


Great discussion Dezmond. I really like to see Duran Duran,The Cure, Def Leppard inducted soon.My sister loved Duran Duran growing up.She collected the Star Hits & Teen Beats with their pictures on it. Played the Rio & 7 and the Ragged Tiger albums in the mid 80's. I could feel myself singing along after awhile.Rio,Save A Prayer,New Moon on Monday,Hungry Like The Wolf. We all know the songs.

Def Leppard was my first FAV group in 1983.Young KING was about 7 then.Pyromania my FAV album of the time. Photograph,Rock of Ages my FAV songs.My respect for Def Leppard colored at an early age.

You guys have made a convincing argument on The Cars especially a few of those albums went 5x platinum or more. Maybe, it's because I'm a vocalist fan & liked the songs Orr sang better. Can U imagine Natalie Merchant was the singer of AC/DC or Mariah Carey was the lead singer of Bon Jovi? The history of music would have changed forever. KING

Posted by KING on Tuesday, 02.18.14 @ 18:45pm


King:

I like both the Cars & STP. I might argue about STP's musical variety and abilities a little more than most folks. A ways back, I posted on the STP page about some of their album tracks, including the wonderful song "And So I Know". While it's not fully indicative of what STP released in general, it shows a side to them that most people fail to acknowledge.

When it comes to the Cars, I'd rank the bands listed as such:

Above the Cars: Deep Purple, Def Leppard, Radiohead, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Chicago, Motorhead, Iron Maiden, Bad Co., Beck,

Equal to the Cars: Journey, LL Cool J, Moody Blues, Bon Jovi, Foreigner, Counting Crows, Joan Jett,

Lesser than the Cars: Sting, Bryan Adams, Scorpions, Stevie Nicks, Sheryl Crow, NWA, Mariah Carey

I tend to put a little more weight towards harder acts, obviously.


Posted by Cheesecrop on Wednesday, 02.19.14 @ 05:58am


Prefer the harder acts too Cheesecrop. I tried to pick 30 candidates of different genres. Curious to see where The Cars stood in relation to their peers.

It was unfair for me to place Pearl Jam & Radiohead on the list since they are 1st ballot RRHOF. The Cars would be about 10th on my list of 30. This shows they are worthy of (RRJOF ) RRHOF induction.

I'm curious why many of the music guys think Bryan Adams &.Scorpions have no chance.Scorpions have been around since 60's & sold millions of CD's.Influenced many especially in their native Germany & in Europe.Played in Russia & the memorable Wind Of Change.

Bryan Adams constructed a perfect album Reckless my FAV of all time. Cuts Like A Knife had 2 great songs with Cuts Like A Knife & This Time. His other work good as well. KING

Posted by KING on Wednesday, 02.19.14 @ 11:46am


Yeah right. STP is a brilliant group deserving RRHOF induction. So many Classic CD's. I think Core & Purple could be considered as Classics & those 2 works sold millions of CD's.

STP hits include Creep,Plush,Sex Type Thing,Interstate Love Song,Vasoline,etc. Just love everything about STP.They really rock.Don't have many really BAD songs that cripple other bands.

I would put STP ahead of The Cars as well. I'm biased because I enjoyed STP better. They will always be lumped in with Pearl Jam,Nirvana,AIC,those gang of groups which will all enter RRHOF.This should help STP chances of entering RRHOF as well. KING

Posted by KING on Wednesday, 02.19.14 @ 12:45pm


I'm curious why many of the music guys think Bryan Adams &.Scorpions have no chance.Scorpions have been around since 60's & sold millions of CD's.Influenced many especially in their native Germany & in Europe.Played in Russia & the memorable Wind Of Change.

Bryan Adams constructed a perfect album Reckless my FAV of all time. Cuts Like A Knife had 2 great songs with Cuts Like A Knife & This Time. His other work good as well. KING


Posted by KING on Wednesday, 02.19.14 @ 11:46am
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You're right on about the Scorps & Adams having lots of success. My fear is that the Hall sees them as just being two acts among many, & both are in crowded fields.

I think the Scorpions actually have a better case, though Bryan Adams is a little easier to assess. Even though the Scorps have been around since the 60's, the most memorable work is the 80's material (though this may not be their best - everyone has their own opinion there). Getting over the 80's pop-metal wall becomes the barrier here. If the Hall inducts anyone from that field, it'll be the biggies - the Def Lep's and Bon Jovi's of the world. It could be that the Scorpions may get lost in the shuffle.

W/Adams, I've always thought it's the Mellencamp effect that's keeping him out. I think folks hear him, and think "heartland rocker". Immediately afterwards, they start thinking, "haven't we enough of those in the Hall?" After that, it becomes a question of why Adams over someone like a Bob Seger, who also has credentials out the wazoo.

I think Adams has a better chance than the Scorpions, though I'm not sure either one will make it. I do think the Hall will not decline precipitously if either one made it in, inasmuch as there's already a few question marks in their right now.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Friday, 02.21.14 @ 06:07am


I agree with Cheese. Both are fine artists with respectable careers. And King, I am also a big fan of Reckless. For what it is, it is damn near perfect. That being said, Adams and Scorpions are long shots.

Posted by dezmond on Friday, 02.21.14 @ 07:42am


Thanks for the feedback on Bryan Adams & Scorpions. I want to thank the posters for their arguments or discussion on the Cars RRHOF.

It was very interesting & persuasive. The Tom Petty album comparison was very eye opening. The Cars outshines Tom Petty in CD sales over their peak years.

The more you analyze it, the Cars seemed to have drawn the short straw. They seem more deserving than Blondie,The Pretenders,Elvis Costello & other New Wave acts who have entered RRHOF.

One of the few times where discussion & facts changed my mind. Cars are deserving RRHOF. KING

Posted by KING on Friday, 02.21.14 @ 14:28pm


Never really got the New Wave label. Yeah they had short hair and dressed kinda new wave but i always had them as a Pop/Rock act. The way they used the synths was different cause they almost used it as an extra guitar on some songs. Early Cars had some edge to their music(think Bye Bye Love and Dangerous Type). Early on plenty of good toe tapping songs, but when Shake It Up came out, i said way too poppy. Ill stick to first 3 albums. Not Hall worthy.

Posted by Rock Authority on Thursday, 08.28.14 @ 21:30pm


Wanted to hop on the Bryan Adams discussion. Dont agree with Cheesecrop on Mellancamp comparison. Adams used way more electric guitar and his early style was more staight ahead than Cougar. Early Adams, relying on his raspy voice, had some really good rock/pop songs. Ever heard the guitar work on his duet with Tina Turner(It's Only Love)? Think Cuts Like a Knife, Run To You, Summer of 69 and others. He did really well with ballads too. He's on the edge of getting in. Remember, he's Canadian, and April Wine and Triumph haven't got a sniff.

Posted by Rock Authority on Thursday, 08.28.14 @ 21:42pm


Growing up in the 70's and 80's, the cars were one of the most popular bands. I recently was asked by my son who is my favorite band. After thinking about this for a while, I said the Cars. Played a few songs for hi m and he liked it. Than I played their best of cd. And I fell in love again. They are so talented. I forgot how good they were. They must get into the hall! And soon.

Posted by John Garcia on Wednesday, 09.24.14 @ 01:50am


People that say the cars don't belong in the hall don't know who Elliot Easton is or ric is who wrote most of the songs or Ben Orr who had a great voice and played a mean bass or the awesome drummer and the little guy on keyboard with the most modern technologies then you people don't really know who the cars were and what they meant to the rock and roll

Posted by Frank on Sunday, 02.1.15 @ 13:01pm


I think The Cars will be nominated in 2019. Maybe, groups like Duran Duran, The Cure, Roxy Music, Foreigner will be in by then. It will give The Cars a chance to sneak in. FAV The Cars songs Shake It Up & Drive. What are yours? I like when Mr. Orr sang better. KING

Posted by KING on Monday, 04.27.15 @ 22:13pm


Absolutely no buzz on The Cars on the forums. Looks like Chicago, Deep Purple, Duran Duran, Janet Jackson, Moody Blues, and Roxy Music fans sounding off for their bands to be nominated or inducted RRHOF. It's a shame. The Cars are sliding down the list behind some groups now. KING

Posted by KING on Friday, 06.5.15 @ 17:39pm


There's a song from The Cars nominated for the Song Project - you should go check out the Song and Album projects. It's a little something to pass the time while we wait for Hall nominations.

Posted by dmg on Friday, 06.5.15 @ 17:49pm


There is no doubt in my mind whatsoever that The Cars are the most "inductable" act that is currently eligible. When they finally appear on the ballot, they will be an absolute lock for induction. Younger inductees love them, the old fogey writers know their radio hits and they have a ton of respect from the acts that influenced them.

Case in point, acts like Blondie, The Pretenders and Talking Heads all got inducted the first time they appeared on the ballot. The Cars, with arguably the most hits of the bunch on Classic Rock radio, will undoubtedly do the same.

Posted by Casper on Thursday, 06.11.15 @ 15:12pm


There is no doubt in my mind whatsoever that The Cars are the most "inductable" act that is currently eligible. When they finally appear on the ballot, they will be an absolute lock for induction.

Posted by Casper on Thursday, 06.11.15 @ 15:12pm
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Makes you wonder why they haven't shown up on the ballot...

Posted by Cheesecrop on Friday, 06.12.15 @ 11:21am


the cars will not be inducted started hot but fizzled later in the mister mister or the outfield category

Posted by vick on Saturday, 07.25.15 @ 20:04pm


the cars will not be inducted started hot but fizzled later in the mister mister or the outfield category

Posted by vick on Saturday, 07.25.15 @ 20:04pm
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I don't think they belong in that category. They had considerably more hits than a Mr. Mister or an Outfield. All I can assume is that you have incredibly high standards for an inductee.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Wednesday, 07.29.15 @ 06:19am


The Cars Fans: Say The Committee was discussing The Cars and a few groups for nomination. Let's say Roxy Music & New York Dolls. What would be your 3 best reasons The Cars deserve a nomination? KING

Posted by KING on Tuesday, 08.18.15 @ 17:57pm


The Cars

01. Ric Ocasek (1976–Present: vocals, guitar)
02. Elliot Easton (1976–Present: guitar)
03. Greg Hawkes (1976–Present: keyboards, synthesizer, percussion, saxophone, bass)
04. David Robinson (1976–Present: drums, percussion)
05. Benjamin Orr (1976–2000: vocals, bass)

Posted by Roy on Monday, 10.12.15 @ 09:42am


I absolutely cannot get through any logical explanation as to why The Cars do not deserve to be in this thing. They had hits, their 3-chord songs were fully fleshed out, there were rockers, ballads, good to excellent LPs, a different sound, good stage shows ~ I was there, an incredibly hot lead guitarist, Eliot Easton, who could smoke a lot of folk, left-handed, a natural sense of style ~ David Robinson, the drummer, even the requisite Nerd guy ~ Greg Hawks, Ben Orr, the excellent bass player and ballad guy, and of course the Head Car ~ Ric O'Casek. Makes no sense. What I am looking for is a Cars support group to join. This is just insanity. Thank You.

Posted by Django on Friday, 12.18.15 @ 14:08pm


I live in the Philly area and below are the results of the most recent Philly 500, the list of 500 best rock songs. These are the bands who've made ROCK SONGS that have stood the TEST OF TIME and get regular play 5-50 years after being recorded. A list of airplay like this across all markets is the beginning and end of all discussions of best rock artist ever. Below are all the artists with 5 or more songs. The Cars are right up there in and among the legends. Screw the pretentious hipsters at the RRHOF....

BEATLES 25
ROLLING STONES 18
LED ZEPPELIN 17
BILLY JOEL 13
ELTON JOHN 12
TOM PETTY (SOLO & HB's) 11
AEROSMITH 10
VAN HALEN 10
WHO 10
JOURNEY 9
PINK FLOYD 9
CARS 8
DAVID BOWIE 8
DOORS 8
GENESIS 8
QUEEN 8
BOB SEGER 7
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN 7
JOHN MELLENCAMP 7
PAUL MCCARTNEY/WINGS 7
STEVE MILLER BAND 7
U2 7
BAD COMPANY 6
EAGLES 6
FLEETWOOD MAC 6
FOREIGNER 6
ROD STEWART 6
STYX 6
AC/DC 5
BON JOVI 5
CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL 5
POLICE 5
SUPERTRAMP 5
ZZ TOP 5

Posted by MikeMc on Friday, 12.18.15 @ 16:18pm


Hey MikeMc, I appreciate this list. Of course, many of MY Legends ARE on this list. Don't know what is getting / not getting played, but I probably could argue for a large number of additional songs that should be in some kind of rotation, for The Cars and a good many of my other favorites listed here. WHICH Bands OF TODAY will make a memory that will resonate in the year 2024? For sure, a totally rhetorical question. Thanx.

Posted by Django on Monday, 12.28.15 @ 16:35pm


I really am flabbergasted that they didn't get in right away...they're an act that honestly checks all the boxes with the voting electorate, but I get the feeling that there's plenty of people that felt they were kind of a one-album wonder.

Regardless, their induction is practically inevitable. There's only so many already eligible acts that can perform better in the voting than The Cars. Eventually (and real soon) there won't be anyone else left to block their path.

Posted by Casper on Monday, 12.28.15 @ 18:35pm


Big People consisted of:Jeff Carlisi(Founding Member,Lead Guitarist for 38 Special),Liberty DeVitto(30yr+ Drummer for Billy Joel),Derek St. Holmes(Lead Singer,Guitarist for Ted Nugent),Ben Orr(Vocalist and Bass player for The Cars)and Pat Travers(Solo Artist)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEB7OVgS2ps


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAt4lRrnquM

Posted by tlh on Saturday, 05.21.16 @ 14:33pm


https://www.rockhall.com/nominee/cars

THE INDUCTEES

The Cars

01. Ric Ocasek (1976–Present: vocals, guitar)
02. Elliot Easton (1976–Present: guitar)
03. Greg Hawkes (1976–Present: keyboards, synthesizer, percussion, saxophone, bass)
04. David Robinson (1976–Present: drums, percussion)
05. Benjamin Orr (1976–2000: vocals, bass)

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 10.19.16 @ 04:21am


The Cars????? Yeah, well they let anyone in these days so they'll probably get in. It is a real pity that Johnny Winter and Lonnie Mack aren't in there when they are far more deserving.

The rrhof is a joke these days anyway. Their integrity is long gone, no one takes it seriously anymore!

Posted by cyberspacecowboy on Friday, 10.28.16 @ 01:19am


Im not going to pay any attention to the person above me because what he said doesn't make any sense. and Yes the CARS! the band who saved us from disco. they invented a new sound that year. The Most innovative band of all time. they were so close again. Before you say anything you should look up how many hits they had , how many album sales they had and how many influences they had. they only thing that's a problem is touring because Ric Ocasek hates it and Ben Orr is gone. If only Ben Orr were alive it would've been a little easier

Posted by Steven Dwyer on Thursday, 12.22.16 @ 01:52am


The Cars were and are a talented group. Their first album was one of difference and just plain feel good music. That year of 1978 working in the old Musicland, Toto & the cars were very influential to me. Yes my opinion. They will make it someday

Posted by Denthem on Saturday, 12.24.16 @ 13:23pm


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