Hi_Res Treasures: The Cars - Moving In Stereo
The Cars are one of those bands we tend to forget about. From the late-70s to the mid-80s no American band was bigger, but unfortunately, no American band became more connected to the shallow pop culture they were contemporary too. That’s actually sad in a way because the songs, musicianship, and production of the first four Cars albums are as good as we can expect from our pop bands. In an early interview, quirky front-man Ric Ocasek commented on the production of their first two releases that the band listened to the mixes on their car stereos because that’s how the kids would listen to the albums, and that egalitarian approach helped endear them to their fans for the next decade. The innovation the band brought to music (and video) at the time is often over-looked (or even sneered at) but an awful lot of music that came after their heyday owes at least a cap tip to them, plus for my money, Elliot Easton certainly belongs in the conversation with Eddie Van Halen for pre-eminent guitarist of the period.
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