The return of The Cars 

The Cars in the studio for Move Like This
  • The Cars in the studio for "Move Like This"

From 1978 through 1984, The Cars were huge. Skinny guy rocking the massive mullet frontman Ric Ocasek - with producer Roy Baker Thomas, put together a self-titled debut album that stands as one of the best in rock history. A Mutt Lange-led Heartbeat City, closed their run of ubiquitous radio play and MTV stardom.

And then the band splintered. Bassist and singer Benjamin Orr died. The group, minus Ocasek, reformed as The New Cars, with Todd Rundgren recruited to front the band. It fizzled.

Now, after nearly 25 years, the original lineup has regrouped to make an album that less-the-subtly recalls the vibe of the glory days (listen to three cuts below). On Move Like This, The Cars recapture their classic sound, dominated by New Wave keyboards, snarly guitars and the hiccuping vocals of Ocasek.

Ocasek told that he never thought he'd make another Cars record, citing "the past, personalities and Ben's passing away"

Move Like This, scheduled for a May 10 release, features Ocasek, drummer David Robinson, guitarist Elliot Easton and keyboard player Greg Hawkes. Gareth "Jacknife" Lee, (U2 and R.E.M.) produced five tracks; the band did the rest.

Rolling Stone says "new songs such as 'Hits Me,' 'Free' and 'Blue Tip' are a total recall of the precise swagger, art-rock minimalism and chrome-gleam pop on the Top Five LPs Candy-O (1979), Panorama (1980) and Heartbeat City (1984)."

VIDEO: "SAD SONG" from Move Like This

VIDEO: "BLUE TIP" from Move Like This

VIDEO: "FREE" from Move Like This

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A music writer for more than 30 years, Rob began as a rock radio jock at age 17. Born in central Indiana, Rob moved north and spent his college years in Hillsdale, Michigan. That meant traveling to Detroit for all the good rock shows, and explains his affinity for Seger, the J. Geils Band, and Mitch Ryder. He's... more

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