The Cars – Just What I Needed (Live Aid)

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The Cars are an American rock band that emerged from the new wave scene in the late 1970s. The band originated in Boston, Massachusetts, with lead singer, rhythm guitarist and songwriter Ric Ocasek, lead singer and bassist Benjamin Orr, lead guitarist Elliot Easton, keyboardist Greg Hawkes and drummer David Robinson. They were signed to Elektra Records by George Daly, then A&R head, in 1977.

The Cars were at the forefront in merging 1970s guitar-oriented rock with the new synth-oriented pop that was then becoming popular and which would flourish in the early 1980s. The Cars started fresh with their debut album The Cars which went on to go platinum in late 1978. The Cars’ debut album was called a “genuine rock masterpiece” by AllMusic.

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The Cars РJust What I Needed  (Live Aid)

The most successful and well known song from the album, “Just What I Needed”, started as a demo in 1977. The song was sent as a mixtape to a local DJ in the Boston area, who played the song in heavy rotation.

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This soon caught the attention of other DJs, which led to the signing of the band by Elektra Records in 1977. The band broke up in 1988, and Ocasek had always discouraged talk of a reunion since then, telling one interviewer in 1997 “I’m saying never and you can count on that.” Bassist Benjamin Orr died in 2000 from pancreatic cancer. Just What I Needed is a song by American rock band The Cars, released as their debut single from their self-titled debut album, released in 1978 on Elektra Records.

“Just What I Needed”, like many other tracks on The Cars, originated as a demo tape recorded by the band in 1977. This song first appeared in 1977 on Boston radio stations WCOZ and WBCN from the said demo tape, along with its future follow-up single “My Best Friend’s Girl“. Shortly thereafter, it became one of the stations’ most requested songs. The opening riff of “Just What I Needed” was borrowed from “Yummy Yummy Yummy“, a song by the Ohio Express. It also features a prominent keyboard riff performed by Greg Hawkes. The song was sung by the Cars’ bassist Benjamin Orr.

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