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The Cars - Still Relevant Today

Updated on September 10, 2014

"Let the good time roll..." are the first words to The Cars debut album named the same, The Cars. Memories of junior high and high school run through my head when I hear the songs from The Cars. In junior high my older brother did lights for a local band. They did most of the songs from The Cars albums, and I loved them. I went to several of their concerts.

I have to admit, I heard them sing "Good Times Roll" and "Just What I Needed" before I actually heard The Cars sing their own songs. I was all about being cool, so I had to get the album. To this day, the songs from The Cars album takes me back in time. The album was in the top of Billboards for nearly 3 years, so it carried me from junior high to high school.

"Just What I Needed's" famous lyrics touched every teenage girl I ran around with because it reminded us of some unrequited love or fantasy world of love with that cool guy who didn't seem to notice. In my case, my first boyfriend that neither my brother or mother liked, which made him all the more appealing to me. Dramatic times I have to smile at now when the song starts to play and the youthful memories come flooding my mind. Either listening to a local band who did a very good rendition or listening to the song as it blared through huge stereo speakers at a party, a big "YEAH" would go up and the dancing would commence. The song made every girl feel like she was the center of the universe.

The album has so many great songs and is attached to so many of my memories for those of us who were pre-teens and teens in the late 70's and early 80's. Looking back on it now, The Cars were quite revolutionary. We were between hard rock and hair bands. They were a new wave band that seemed a mix of alternative with the boy band appeal.

It is an album that brings back my youth and makes me feel young again when I listen to it!

The Cars was just one band that reminds me of my youth. The end of the 70's and the early 80's produced some great classic hits. Did I just say "classic"? Seems like yesterday when I hear these artists sing.

A Decade Of Rock And Roll 1970 to 1980
A Decade Of Rock And Roll 1970 to 1980

REO is another group that reminds me of youth.


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      Susan Holland 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      @fullofshoes: Thanks so much, Fullofshoes!! :-)

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      fullofshoes 3 years ago

      Great review... thank you. Featured on under MUSIC.

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      Susan Holland 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      @paulahite: That is how old I was when I first heard them, too. Great memories!! Thanks for dropping by! :-)

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      Paula Hite 3 years ago from Virginia

      I was 13 the first time I heard them, and they were my first music "crush" Love them! Great lens!!

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      Susan Holland 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      @sierradawn lm: Oh my, I couldn't have said it better. Music is like the soundtrack to our minds! :-)

      Thanks for dropping by! :-)

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      sierradawn lm 3 years ago

      I always picture the music around me as the soundtrack to the movie of my life. The music of our life is a time machine that brings instantly back to us the sights, smells, and feelings of those past moments when it was playing as our soundtrack. Looks like we shared lots of the same sound track! Love the Cars! Wonderful review!