As I listen to the Cars go by…

The New York Times and Rolling Stone described The Cars’ musical style by saying: “they have taken some important but disparate contemporary trends—punk minimalism, the labyrinthine synthesizer and guitar textures of art rock, the ’50s rockabilly revival and the melodious terseness of power pop—and mixed them into a personal and appealing blend.”[z(wiki)

“The Cars” are one of the most under celebrated rock bands.  For one simple reason,  they are simple, they are ordinary.  There is no heroin factor, there is no great euphoria. 

“Drive”  was for the ,ongest time my favorite song.  It can be argued it is about a man watching a women going down the wrong path, or the man himself.  It can be about drug use or lack of faith.  It can be about leaving one’s self.  It can be about leaving youth or young love.  Or is not some much about leaving but going to? But more than likely it is going to be about whatever is “driving” you at that moment in your life, which makes the song universal.  Hence why I like it.

“Since Your Gone”  I think is an outreach of  one awareness of something from their past being absence.  Quit ordinary for one to miss love, good times, good feeling, and the array of feeling that floods in from regret, loathing, anger and a loud simple acknowledgement to name a few.  Ordinary, but captured beautifully.

“The Cars” share with us common and ordinary feelings, about candy or your best friends girl, or when got just what you needed or when you thought it was times to shake it up.    It is not deep, and has double meaning, unless life itself does, then so be it. There is nothing special, that idea makes makes them special to me and some others.  There influences in the creation are nothing superioror extraordinary.  The do not capture lightning in a bottle but they capture flashes of our self, which sometimes enlightens us.  I like the way the cars take me back or bring me to the front, depending on the mood.  Either way, the ordinary  sought and gained, is magnificent.  An the release, the absence, the removal, the abandonment of it, is tragically sacred too.  Both sides will come and go, and The Cars remind us of the other when we are only able to see one side.


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