Note: This series originally appeared on Facebook in a slightly different form, Aug-Sept 16.
It’s really, really hard to beat the catchy, edgy pop of the Cars’ first two albums in the late 70s. Pretty much every track is great (“Don’t Cha Stop” and “Shoo Be Doo” might be exceptions); some are amazing. I don’t think they ever reached those heights again, though I enjoyed a lot of their subsequent material, including much of Heartbeat City.
Ric Ocasek’s elliptic lyrics were fun to listen to; in this song, “Geranium lover, I’m live on your wire” and “They want to crack your crossword smile” are the standouts for me.