Lyrically, the tune also insinuates far more sinister climes; a woman in the song is referred to as the "dangerous type," but we're never quite sure to whom the protagonist is referring. A sturdy tempo adds consistency, while desperate-but-obsessive lyrics ensure the protagonist is equal parts suffocating and casual: "I don't care if you hurt me some more / I don't care if you even the score" boils down to "You're all I've got tonight.". On the bustling “Leave or Stay,” which had been the Cars’ frequent opening song 10 years earlier as a Boston club band, Ocasek returns to a sour vision of love he’d grown away from: “Well, I could leave or stay/Makes no difference either way.”, Of all the people you’d pick to sing this sunshiny kids’ song from Disney’s “Song of the South,” Ocasek is behind only Axl Rose and Diamanda Galás. A new version of Last.fm is available, to keep everything running smoothly, please reload the site. Although it has different artwork, this 20-track set of the Cars' biggest hits is exactly the same, right down to the same running order, as Rhino's Complete Greatest Hits package from 2002, which means it has everything the casual fan might want, including the perfect radio singles "Just What I Needed," "My Best Friend's Girl," "You're All I've Got Tonight," and "Shake It Up."
The Cars were one of the few American new wave acts that could fill arenas. Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. The two were in various bands in Columbus, Ohio and Ann Arbor, Michigan, then moved to Boston in the early 1970s.
Ric Ocasek brought his various interests into the music he made with the Cars and the groups he produced outside the band. Though “Drive” went to No. 4 more photos, Add image The Cars - Just What I Needed (Official Live Video) - YouTube 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.
The most important skill he’d learned was concision: The first two Cars albums have an almost Motown-like sense of efficiency and purpose.
The shades-wearing singer was a master at understated desolation and subtle bitterness – so subtle, in fact, that only close lyrical readings reveal them. Nothing’s funnier than hearing an alienated rock star exult, “What a wonderful day!”. More serious fans might want to go deeper, but the Cars were essentially a singles band, and the group's peak material is here.
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. 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. Ocasek wanted Boston to have its own version of Andy Warhol’s Factory, so the Cars built a state-of-the-art recording studio on Newbury Street, where local bands could record at under-market rates. The patchwork "You're All I've Got Tonight" shouldn't work as well as it does. His heyday ran from the Cars’ 1978 debut until the late 1980s, when the band broke up and Ocasek focused on being a producer and helping new bands find their sound. There is more than one artist with this name: 1) The Cars are a popular American new wave/power pop band that formed in 1976, after going through several different incarnations. 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." Fresh enough for new wavers, but traditional enough for classic rockers, "Just What I Needed" hits the (sweet) spot.
His increasingly rare solo albums felt indifferent until 2011, when he reformed the Cars (minus Benjamin Orr, who died in 2000) to compete with a new generation of bands influenced by the Cars’ sleek brand of social alienation. The Cars' entry on the Top 100 Classic Rock Songs list succeeds because of its tension – do the lyrics express love or disdain for a beauty?