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The Cars’ often-overlooked Candy-O still revs with excitement

The Cars’ often-overlooked Candy-O still revs with excitement

‘Candy-O,’ released on June 13, 1979, wasn’t quite as immediate or artfully cool as the Cars’ celebrated debut. Here’s why we love it, anyway.

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 14:  Musicians (L-R) Elliot Easton, Greg Hawkes, Todd Rundgren, Kasim Sulton and Prairie Prince pose at a press conference to announce an upcomming tour and performance by "The New Cars" at the House of Blues on March 14, 2006 in West Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Todd Rundgren jumpstarted the New Cars’ surprisingly fun It’s Alive

The New Cars, who released their lone album on June 6, 2006, made a canny choice in replacing Ric Ocasek with the multi-talented Todd Rundgren.

Empty Hearts [Andy Babiuk, Wally Palmar, Clem Burke + Elliot Easton] – Empty Hearts (2014)

Empty Hearts [Andy Babiuk, Wally Palmar, Clem Burke + Elliot Easton] – Empty Hearts (2014)

Sturdy rock and roll that pays tribute to its influences without sounding trite.

The Cars, Kiss, Dire Straits, The Clash, Tom Petty – The Best of ‘Fridays’ (2013)

The Cars, Kiss, Dire Straits, The Clash, Tom Petty – The Best of ‘Fridays’ (2013)

“Fridays,” for all of its comedic delights as a short-lived answer to SNL, did more than help launch the careers of Larry David and Michael Richards. It also brought some intriguing musical moments to the masses

Almost Hits: The Cars, “Since You’re Gone” (1981)

Almost Hits: The Cars, “Since You’re Gone” (1981)

This is, even more so than the title track hit from 1981’s Shake It Up, the exact midpoint between the harder-edged new wave of the Cars’ classic 1978 debut and the sleek MTV smash Heartbeat City still to come.

‘Sometimes they sound downright silly’: The Cars’ Ric Ocasek separates lyrics from music in new book

‘Sometimes they sound downright silly’: The Cars’ Ric Ocasek separates lyrics from music in new book

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6G-qb1RRCo&w=500&h=305] Ric Ocasek, singer and songwriter with the Cars, has a new book that combines his songs and other writings, titled aptly enough Lyrics and Prose. It’s taught him that you have to be careful around words with no music.

One Track Mind: The Cars, "Blue Tip" (2011)

“Blue Tip” is tensile and itchy then soaring and romantic — the closest this new record, the Cars’ first in 24 years, gets to approximating its own career-making mixture of Ric Ocasek’s weirdo aloofness and Benjamin Orr’s sun-drenched pop warmth. Orr, of course, passed in 2000 after a bout with cancer, and his absence is sometimes deeply felt. It was,Read More

The Cars, “Sad Song” from Move Like This (2011): Something Else! sneak peek

You expected the Cars, reformed without the late bass-playing vocalist Benjamin Orr, to come out with a sad song. Not a track called “Sad Song” that sounds anything but.

Todd Rundgren sets tour dates, will perform two complete albums

Todd Rundgren sets tour dates, will perform two complete albums

Photo from Todd Rundgren’s MySpace page by Something Else Reviews Todd Rundgren has announced five spring concerts, during which he will perform a pair of albums in their entirety, Todd and Healing. The first-ever live stagings of these two releases, held in September of last year, found Rundgren on stage with Greg Hawkes of the Cars, Kasim Sulton of Utopia,Read More

Quickies: Todd Rundgren, Ben Folds, Jovino Santos Neto/Weber Iago

Quickies: Todd Rundgren, Ben Folds, Jovino Santos Neto/Weber Iago

There’s so many records just coming out that I’d love to cover but there’s only time for three at the moment; next week promises more. Two of these three are what we like to call “baby boomer bliss,” in that even though they’re new, they conjure up the spirit of rock from the time when the later boomers were inRead More

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