Thursday, June 30, 2011

Vintage Cars, Killer Hooks

I love music partly because I love surprises, and I'm certainly surprised to see seminal Bostonian new waves The Cars regroup after a 22-year hiatus and release an album that stands with their best and sports not one, but two, killer singles! Our Song of the Week is the second of the two, the thoroughly hooky 'Blue Tip' with its angular singing, wry lyrics, and smooth synth rhythms punctuated by pleasant electronic bleeps.

Not bad for a band of sixty-somethings! All four living Cars are present, including bandleader Ric Ocasek whose vocals are as off-kilter and edgy as ever (he lives in Union Square now, looks and dresses the same, like death on a stick, and has a teenage son!). Only Benjamin Orr is missing, lost to cancer a decade ago (his smoother vocals drove 'Drive').

The album dropped in May to favorable reviews, and I'm not sure how much it will be heard, so I thought it deserved a SOTW 'push'..

Let's start with "Blue Tip":

The album's first single, 'Sad Song,' is equally memorable:

My personal Cars favorite, from 1982, 'Shake It Up':

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