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posted Friday, May 6, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 18
Where It's At: The Cars shake it up again
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Where It's At: The Cars shake it up again

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

The Cars
May 10
The Showbox SoDo (Sold Out)


Hello, hello again. After a 23-year hiatus following the breakup of one of pop music's most successful bands, The Cars have reunited for an album and U.S. tour. And yes, this is the original lineup - Ric Ocasek, Greg Hawkes, David Robinson, and Elliot Easton - not The New Cars, an uninspiring 2005 reformation of the Grammy-winning unit that featured a worn-out Todd Rundgren at the helm. The only initial member missing in action is Benjamin Orr, who died of pancreatic cancer 11 years ago.

Regrouped, The Cars will release a batch of fresh material on May 10 - the exact day they're performing in Seattle - on a full-length record titled Move Like This, highlighed by its leadoff single Sad Song. At press time, the official video for that track had received nearly 116,000 views on YouTube. But the Boston-formed quartet isn't in need of another hit, as their arsenal already includes Magic, Since You're Gone, Candy-O, Just What I Needed, Shake It Up, You Might Think, Touch and Go, You're All I've Got Tonight, Hello Again, and a personal favorite, Good Times Roll, just to name a few - yep, there are more.

The Cars was the first band to effectively use keyboards (synthesizers) in their music to create a pop-rockish style of new wave. There was nothing comparable to it in the late 70s/very early 80s, when disco balls and roller skates were the norm  it was an interesting contrast listening to my brother's Panorama album right after my sister gave Donna Summers' On the Radio another spin.

In a nutshell, The Cars are genius songwriters, much to the credit of frontman Ocasek, who formulated a style that is still replicated to this day. They were also a slick-looking bunch, donning sportscoats and skinny ties with polished shoes, prickly hair, and your occasional pair of Ray-Bans. This is a much-awaited reunion, and The Cars' sold-out concert at The Showbox SoDo is proof. For those of us who grew up in the age of checkered shoes and Ferris Bueller, songs like Drive and Dangerous Type return us to a time when narrowing your list of prom date choices was the biggest obstacle of the day.

Tuesday-night's set list will certainly include entries from Move Like This, but The Cars have a vault full of classics that will undoubtedly be re-launched at The Showbox SoDo. I'm guessing they'll kick off with Let's Go, and my fingers are intensely crossed for Why Can't I Have You. They'll either be really good or very disappointing, but almost 25 years since they parted, the thought of seeing them on stage again is worth something in itself.

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