What Am I Listening to Now? Blue Tip – The Cars

Posted: February 22, 2011 in Boston, music, What Am I Listening To Now?
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Move Like This - The CarsSeveral times since their breakup in 1988, singer/guitarist Ric Ocasek, one of the founding members of The Cars, stated that the band would never reform. So one has to wonder how much of a roman candle was lit up his butt when, in 2005, erstwhile band mates, guitarist Elliot Easton and keyboardist Greg Hawkes, joined forces with Todd Rundgren to form The New Cars, which performed classic Cars songs and Todd Rundgren songs. Sure, Ric gave them his blessing, but a year later he was on “The Colbert Report” putting Rundgren on notice.

I’m just guessing, but the phrase “Don’t get mad, get your band back” comes to mind. Well, if anyone is capable of filling in for the Toddmeister filling in for Ric Ocasek, it’s probably Ric Ocasek. Cut to the 17th of this month. Ric, Elliot, Greg, and restaurateur and last surviving car member, drummer David Robinson, have released the first video from their upcoming new album Move Like This.

“Blue Tip” is an upbeat pop song that continues The Cars new wave stylings. If you liked them before, you’ll like this song too – they still sound quite like themselves. There will be a different track from the album, “Sad Song” released soon as the first single. We’ll have to wait until May 10th to hear what the bulk of the album sounds like.

Unavoidably absent is singer/bassist Benjamin Orr, who died in 2000. Benjamin had the more “normal” voice, and sang “Drive”, one of their best-remembered songs, so his absence will probably be missed even by the more casual fans.


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