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This is 'The Cars: Rock Goes to College' show at the University of Sussex, Brighton England in 1979.  Unfortunately, some in the audience weren't appreciative of the great musicianship the Cars had and at one point someone yelled something about being happy the show was free and at another point when Ben was singing 'Bye Bye Love', a drink was thrown at the band.  Ben was pissed and you can see his eyes blink at the 29:08 mark when the drink was thrown and then at 29:18 while staring down the person that threw it he mouthed the words "I'm looking at you." Besides that, I hope you enjoy this performance as much as I do.

 

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I have this on the original vinyl.

 

Happy 40th: The Cars, CANDY-O | Rhino

Image result for the cars candy o album vinyl original cover

40 years ago today, The Cars released their sophomore album, an LP which blew the chart high of their self-titled debut album out of the water and delivered unto the radio one of the greatest driving songs of all time.

Yeah, that’s right: The Cars were good at writing driving songs. Go figure.

Produced – like its predecessor – by  Roy Thomas Baker and recorded at Cherokee Studios in Los Angeles, CANDY-O has often been described as being a more democratic album than THE CARS, with the band coming to a consensus about the inclusion of each and every song. Similarly, they also felt more comfortable conversing with Baker, resulting in a slightly less slick sound for the material this time around. Virtually all of the songs were penned after the release of the THE CARS, which gives you some idea about what a well-oiled machine the band was at that point in their career, but as strong as the album is as a whole, there’s nonetheless one tune in particular that stands out from the pack.

“Let’s Go” is three minutes and 32 seconds of hand-clapping, synth-pumping pop goodness written by Ric Ocasek and sung by bassist Benjamin Orr. As a single, “Let’s Go” scored significant chart action here in the States, hitting #14 on the Billboard Hot 100, but it was an even bigger hit in Australia and Canada, where it made it to #6 and #5, respectively. One also shouldn’t underestimate its worth as an album opener, either, as it’s hard to imagine a better way to draw listeners into CANDY-O.

And, oh, how the listeners were drawn into CANDY-O: the album climbed all the way to #3 on the Billboard 200…and then it managed to make its way back onto the chart in ’84, when it topped out at #179 before beginning its descent again. These days, it’s gone platinum four times over, and you may rest assured that even though it’s been 40 years since its initial release, it’s still considered a classic.

LINK: https://www.rhino.com/article/happy-40th-the-cars-candy-o

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Before they were The Cars, they were Cap'n Swing.  Here's 'Strawberry Moonlight' with lead vocals by Ben.

 

Later, Ocasek and Orr teamed up with guitarist Elliot Easton (who had also studied at Berklee) in the band Cap'n Swing. Cap'n Swing also featured drummer Glenn Evans, later followed by Kevin Robichaud, and a jazzy bass player, which clashed with Ocasek's more rock-and-roll leanings. Benjamin Orr was the lead vocalist and did not play an instrument. Cap'n Swing soon came to the attention of WBCN disc jockey Maxanne Sartori, who began playing songs from their demo tape on her show.

After being rejected by several record labels, Ocasek got rid of the bass player and drummer and decided to form a band that better fit his style of writing. Orr took over on bass and Robichaud was replaced by David Robinson, best known for his career with the Modern Lovers. Robinson had also played in DMZ and the Pop! Hawkes returned to play keyboards and the band became "The Cars", a name suggested by Robinson, whose sense of fashion had a strong influence on the band's image.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Cars

 

There's quite a few more Cap'n Swing songs on YouTube if anyone is interested.

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Love the first two albums, must admit Heartbeat City left me a little cold, a bit too slick.

But the first two are masterpieces - especially love the Shoo Be Doo/Candy-O combination, the sparseness of the former and then blasting into the latter, pure genius!

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On 6/14/2019 at 2:56 PM, BrilliantDisguise said:

I have this on the original vinyl.

 

Happy 40th: The Cars, CANDY-O | Rhino

Image result for the cars candy o album vinyl original cover

40 years ago today, The Cars released their sophomore album, an LP which blew the chart high of their self-titled debut album out of the water and delivered unto the radio one of the greatest driving songs of all time.

Yeah, that’s right: The Cars were good at writing driving songs. Go figure.

Produced – like its predecessor – by  Roy Thomas Baker and recorded at Cherokee Studios in Los Angeles, CANDY-O has often been described as being a more democratic album than THE CARS, with the band coming to a consensus about the inclusion of each and every song. Similarly, they also felt more comfortable conversing with Baker, resulting in a slightly less slick sound for the material this time around. Virtually all of the songs were penned after the release of the THE CARS, which gives you some idea about what a well-oiled machine the band was at that point in their career, but as strong as the album is as a whole, there’s nonetheless one tune in particular that stands out from the pack.

“Let’s Go” is three minutes and 32 seconds of hand-clapping, synth-pumping pop goodness written by Ric Ocasek and sung by bassist Benjamin Orr. As a single, “Let’s Go” scored significant chart action here in the States, hitting #14 on the Billboard Hot 100, but it was an even bigger hit in Australia and Canada, where it made it to #6 and #5, respectively. One also shouldn’t underestimate its worth as an album opener, either, as it’s hard to imagine a better way to draw listeners into CANDY-O.

And, oh, how the listeners were drawn into CANDY-O: the album climbed all the way to #3 on the Billboard 200…and then it managed to make its way back onto the chart in ’84, when it topped out at #179 before beginning its descent again. These days, it’s gone platinum four times over, and you may rest assured that even though it’s been 40 years since its initial release, it’s still considered a classic.

LINK: https://www.rhino.com/article/happy-40th-the-cars-candy-o

Got the original vinyl as well.

As a 15 year old boy at the time, I was quite taken with the artwork!

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12 minutes ago, kiwiprofessor said:

Love the first two albums, must admit Heartbeat City left me a little cold, a bit too slick.

But the first two are masterpieces - especially love the Shoo Be Doo/Candy-O combination, the sparseness of the former and then blasting into the latter, pure genius!

I definitely agree!  Love the first two albums!

8 minutes ago, kiwiprofessor said:

Got the original vinyl as well.

As a 15 year old boy at the time, I was quite taken with the artwork!

I have the first two albums on vinyl.

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2 minutes ago, BrilliantDisguise said:

I definitely agree!  Love the first two albums!

I have the first two albums on vinyl.

Yeah I got both on vinyl, got Candy-O first and quickly went out and bought the first, can remember my parents telling me to turn that racket down!

Ben certainly had charisma, I can sure appreciate his appeal!

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