Though I had a been a fan of The Cars growing up, this is the video that brought Benjamin into my life: The Cars performing Just What I Needed on the Midnight Special, aired September 15, 1978.
During a long car trip my husband and I were discussing how the band had two singers but we couldn’t remember “the other one;” only Ric. We decided to check it out on youtube when we got home and this is what we pulled up. My physical reaction was immediate and forceful. All of the air left my lungs, and my core temperature shot up; I was rooted to the floor. K was joking about Benjamin looking like he was stoned out of his mind because of his eyes, while I tried to quietly breathe again and compose myself… but my blushing and my silence gave me away. K had a good laugh about me turning to mush, and he still teases me about my crush on Benjamin. He’s such a peach!
I absolutely love this performance. It is from their debut album called The Cars, released on June 6, 1978 (though this single was released earlier, in May). I can only imagine the reactions of girls all over the nation watching Ben’s beautiful face appear in their living rooms for the first time… I have a feeling many of them felt like I did. I love the Music Man Stingray bass guitar and the way his hands move over it, love the hair, love the earring, love the outfit, love his expressions and his eyes and his voice and the way he stands and moves and every.single.thing.about.him.