Episode 31: An Interview with Greg Hawkes

“We’re actually five different personalities, and all five come out on the record… Hawkes, our keyboard man, is a living cartoon.” — Benjamin Orr, The Plain Dealer, June 9, 1978


Dave and Donna were thrilled to spend an afternoon chatting with The Cars’ multi-talented synth wizard, Mr. Greg Hawkes. Dave was as cool as a cucumber, but as you can imagine, Donna was pretty nervous at first. Greg’s relaxed, open demeanor soon put her at ease. The conversation took on a natural sway of its own, with Greg sharing generously from his cache of memories from his days before, during and after The Cars. His wonderful sense of humor shone through as he fielded questions about David Robinson’s warm hands, clothes shopping with Benjamin, and his favorite cuss word.

Beyond that, he was sweetly candid about a variety of subjects, including:

  1. Benjamin being honored at the Rock Hall
  2. Giving us a peek at Richard and The Rabbits
  3. The Danny Louis timeline
  4. Ric and Paulina
  5. Thoughts about The New Cars
  6. The Fierce Tibetan Gods project
  7. … and lots more!

The time flew by before they knew it, and there was still so much to explore from his 40+ years in the business. Greg was gracious enough to commit to a ‘part 2’ in the near future — what a treat! Stay tuned for that.

It only took a minute for Dave and Donna to collect themselves and jump into the Midnight Scroll which featured an interesting discussion about The Cars in court. Be sure to join our NiGHT THOUGHTS page on Facebook or follow us on Twitter (links below) to see the newspaper article detailing the lawsuits. Thanks to our good friend Brett (aka BB) and Christopher for the letters. A quick recap of the June 6th celebration of the debut album’s 40th anniversary closed out the show.

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And now… the secret sauce… Greg Hawkes!

6 thoughts on “Episode 31: An Interview with Greg Hawkes

  1. that was a great interview! so cool to hear all Greg’s memories. He’s just adorable lol and a real jabber jaws 🙂 your so lucky to have been able to sit and talk with him. Thank you so much for sharing this, a great pleasure to listen to. I can’t wait to hear part two!

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    1. Yes, I love how candid he was! He made our job so easy, and he was such a good sport with our silliness. My list of Qs for part 2 is long… and growing all the time. Haha! Can’t wait!


  2. This was so interesting! Such a good guy. So incredibly talented. Some of the things he did for the cars was mind-boggling difficult. Loved all the little insights. How fortunate that you could have this opportunity.

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  3. Loved this episode, and it really speaks for you guys that he does your pod. He’s my 2nd favorite Car and such an amazing musician. Interesting to hear about his love for studio work vs performing. I wanted to hug him when he talked about being against them doing Drive at the RHOF–I was already miffed that Ric sang Just What I Needed there (I couldn’t listen the whole way through), I can’t imagine him attempting Drive. Can’t wait for Greg to come back for a part 2!

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    1. So glad you enjoyed it! It was a huge honor to have Greg join us, and one of my greatest thrills (along with touching David Robinson’s warm hands – haha!). Fingers crossed that we can do another show with Greg sometime this year. He’s amazing!!


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