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The New Cars

With bands like the Killers, Interpol, and Franz Ferdinand breaking through in 2005, former Cars guitarist Elliot Easton and keyboardist Greg Hawkes got to thinking. With all this '80s-influenced music appearing on the pop charts, perhaps it was time to revive the Cars and reconnect with music fans. The two approached the other surviving members, David Robinson and Ric Ocasek -- fifth member Benjamin Orr had lost his battle to pancreatic cancer in 2000 -- but neither was interested. It seemed like the idea was finished until Easton brought his old friend Todd Rundgren's name up, and while Hawkes was skeptical the rock & roll maverick would even consider the gig, he was pleasantly surprised when Rundgren enthusiastically accepted. Rundgren brought in two old friends who he had worked with before, former Utopia bassist Kasim Sulton and former Tubes drummer Prairie Prince. Rehearsals were held in secret, and then the band played a couple West Coast club dates in early 2006 and released a snippet of the new but incredibly vintage Cars sounding song "Not Tonight" to the Internet. A handful of appearances on late-night television talk shows followed, all promoting a spring/summer tour the band would be co-headlining with Blondie. As the tour was kicking off, the New Cars made their full-length debut with It's Alive, a collection of old Cars hits recorded live during the West Coast shows along with "Not Tonight" and two other new songs recorded in the studio added as a bonus. ~ David Jeffries
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Great updated version. Love the Cars!
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THIS BIO DOES NOT MENTION PRAIRIE PRINCE , TUBES DRUMMER, WHO IS A MONSTER!!
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mldwinter
This however is NOT The Cars about whom this bio is written, but the The NEW Cars. This bio does not even bother to tell us the names of the players in this band. Fail.
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luceelearee9
The first concert I saw was The Cars. They will always be dear to my heart! Anyway we revise them.
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Well, if they re-formed the Cars with some unknown putz on vocals, I'd say it sucks and was just for the money. But it's Todd Rundgren, man! I might even pick up the CD if I see it somewhere when I'm out and about. I actually didn't know of it's existance until about 2009, and because of Pandora.
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Robert.Robin s o n
A bit overstated bio. Good solid band though.
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Um...no fanks Pandorla.
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It's not that big a deal. It's mostly live covers. They might as well be a cover band of themselves.. . so they really don't need crucial members as there's no significant writing.
But there was also no reason to make this album (other than money perhaps)
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THEY'RE = THEY ARE, CAPTAIN.

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They're really not the New Cars without Kasim. Saw them in concert and they rocked. Unfortunatel y Kaz was off gigging with Meat Loaf. A great short-lived band. Todd is going strong with a rocking new Arena CD that is outstanding and all kinds of fun.
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wholebelly
Prarie brings double exhaust- & a tow hitch with the giant balls on it- go man!
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Yeah these lil kids crack me up lol They dont know anything about music. Probley cause most of the music there making today sucks lol
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chuckulz_sho p
Sporty chic's name says it all - she has mentality and music awareness of a 13 year old.
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hawesome1
IMHO - the new band sounds tight a strong live - Prarie does a Great job adding some drive to their sounds and Todd is strong live - They sound WAY better than alot of other bands looking to rekindle some 80's fame. I like it (No Dis to Ric or Ben)
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first time hearing this, pretty weird, everybody wants and needs money, most will give up whatever pride and soul they have for it, come on Ric is the pimp! the Doors without Morrison, just some doors, the Cars without Ocasek, just some cars
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sporty> You wouldn't know good music if it hit you over the head.
The original Cars were great. No Orr, no Ocasek, not as good, even with Todd and Prairie Prince added.
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ew these guy are so out of tuch with the music!! and i mean it these old guys suck!!!!!!! how old are they 90-100 oi they really dont know good music do they yew yuck they suck!!!
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yuk yuk who are these guys yew and how did they last so long befor?
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mbruneii
Maybe that's why I always loved Todd Rundgren & never cared much for The Cars before. For my money, any band that gets Todd into the act (as musician, writer or on the production end) is making an improvement.
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chitwood.and r e w
this is an audio abortion. Ocasek IS the Cars.
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thank you for playing this song because i did not know the made this album
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Lame. The Cars were Ocasek & Orr. The New Cars are like the New Coke.
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Awesome reconfigurat i o n . Rich, fun, flavorful. Yea!!!
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WHAT miserable failure they were....the NEW CARS....SUCK E D ! ! ! . . . A N D SO DID TODD RUNYEN!!..

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