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The Cars were an American rock band formed in Boston in 1977. Emerging from the new wave scene in the late 1970s, it consisted of Elliot Easton (lead guitar), Greg Hawkes (keyboards), Ric Ocasek (rhythm guitar), Benjamin Orr (bass guitar), and David Robinson (drums). Ocasek and Orr shared lead vocals, and Ocasek was the band's principal songwriter.

The Cars were at the forefront of the merger of 1970s guitar-oriented rock with the new synthesizer-oriented pop that became popular in the early 1980s. Robert Palmer, music critic for The New York Times and Rolling Stone, described the Cars' musical style: "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."The Cars were named Best New Artist in the 1978 Rolling Stone Readers' Poll. The band's debut album, The Cars, sold six million copies and appeared on the Billboard 200 album chart for 139 weeks. The Cars had four Top 10 hits: "Shake It Up" (1981), "You Might Think" (1984), "Drive" (1984), and "Tonight She Comes" (1985). The band won Video of the Year for "You Might Think" at the first MTV Video Music Awards in 1984.

The Cars disbanded in 1988. Orr died in 2000 from pancreatic cancer. The surviving original members of the Cars reunited in 2010 to record the band's seventh and final album, Move Like This, which was released in May 2011. Following a short tour in support of Move Like This, the band once again went on hiatus. In April 2018, the Cars were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and reunited to perform at the induction ceremony. It was the band's final performance with Ocasek, who died on September 15, 2019 of cardiovascular disease.

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Discs

Drive (Symphonic Version)

November 9, 2018

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The Cars at Live Aid (Live at John F. Kennedy Stadium, 13th July 1985)

January 1, 2018

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Panorama (Expanded Edition)

July 28, 2017

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Candy-O (Expanded Edition)

July 28, 2017

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Live at The Agora, 1978

April 22, 2017

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Sad Song

January 1, 2011

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Move Like This

January 1, 2011

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The Cars (Deluxe Edition)

May 4, 1999

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Door to Door

January 1, 1987

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Heartbeat City

March 13, 1984

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Magic / I Refuse

January 1, 1984

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Drive / Stranger Eyes

January 1, 1984

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Heartbeat City (Expanded Edition)

January 1, 1984

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Shake It Up

November 6, 1981

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Shake It Up (Expanded Edition)

January 1, 1981

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Panorama

January 1, 1980

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Let's Go / That's It

January 1, 1979

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Candy-O

January 1, 1979

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The Cars

June 6, 1978

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Just What I Needed / I'm in Touch with Your World

January 1, 1978

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