Saturday, May 7, 2011

Flashback Featuring The Cars' The Cars/Candy-O

The Cars is the eponymous debut album by the American rock band The Cars, which was released in 1978. With the popular tracks "Just What I Needed" and "My Best Friend's Girl" getting heavy airplay on AOR radio stations, the album sold one million copies by the end of the year and steadily climbed the charts, peaking at #18 on the Billboard 200 in March 1979. The album was ranked #4 on Billboard's Top Pop Albums of 1979 year-end chart. The Cars remained on the album chart for 139 weeks with four more tracks: "Good Times Roll," "You're All I've Got Tonight," "Bye Bye Love" and "Moving in Stereo," which all became radio favorites.

Allmusic reviewer Greg Pato describes the album as "a genuine rock masterpiece". "The band jokingly referred to the album as their 'true greatest-hits album,' but it's no exaggeration -- all nine tracks are new wave/rock classics, still in rotation on rock radio. Whereas most bands of the late '70s embraced either punk/new wave or hard rock, the Cars were one of the first bands to do the unthinkable -- merge the two styles together. Add to it bandleader/songwriter Ric Ocasek's supreme pop sensibilities, and you had an album that appealed to new wavers, rockers, and Top 40 fans. One of the most popular new wave songs ever, 'Just What I Needed,' is an obvious highlight, as are such familiar hits as 'Good Times Roll,' 'My Best Friend's Girl,' and 'You're All I've Got Tonight.' But like most consummate rock albums, the lesser-known compositions are just as exhilarating: 'Don't Cha Stop,' 'Bye Bye Love,' 'All Mixed Up,' and 'Moving in Stereo'."
The album was re-issued as a deluxe edition on April 20, 1999, containing demos of the entire album alongside five previously unreleased demos.

Rolling Stone magazine ranked the album #279 in its 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
The cover model is Natalya Medvedeva, a Russian-born model, journalist, and musician who died in 2003.

An instrumental version of "Moving in Stereo" was used as the theme for Phoebe Cates' famous pool scene in Fast Times at Ridgemont High. "You're All I've Got Tonight" was covered by The Smashing Pumpkins and released on their The Aeroplane Flies High box set.

The Cars, in its entirety, was released as downloadable content for the music video game Rock Band on May 27, 2008.

Candy-O is the second studio album by the American rock band The Cars, released in 1979.

The album cover was painted by artist Alberto Vargas, known for his paintings of pin-up girls that appeared in Esquire and Playboy magazines in the 1940s and 1960s. The idea to hire Vargas came from drummer David Robinson, the band's artistic director and a collector of pin-ups. The 83-year-old Vargas had retired several years earlier but was persuaded to take the assignment by his niece, who was a fan of The Cars. The painting, depicting a girl sprawled across the hood of a car, was based on a photo shoot directed by Robinson at a Ferrari dealership. The model, coincidentally named Candy, briefly dated Robinson afterward.

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  1. You know, I didn't have self titled debut until late last year, 2010. Embarrassing over sight on my part.

    Until then, whenever I was asked my favorite Cars song, my answer was always "that one where Phoebe Cates comes out of the pool."

    This is a great album!


  2. Ha, ha!! That was one of my highlight reels growing up! Back when Sean Penn was slightly cool!!