The Cars

The Cars

Ric Ocasek's artful pop songs drove the Cars, the new-wave band with the fastest, most consistent success. Although the group initially got the critics' nod for Ocasek's coolly detached stance and the smoothly burnished keyboard- and guitar-laced hooks, the Cars were essentially the new-wave model of a Top 40 hit machine. That their off-center pop sensibility found expression in a series of original and frequently aired music videos (especially “You Might Think”) made them, for a time, one of America’s top bands.

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