Episode 32: Album Dissections: The Cars’ Debut

episode32aThirty-two episodes into this podcast all about The Cars and we haven’t even gone deep on each individual album! Well, now is the time. Dave and Donna put the band’s self-titled debut album under the microscope and offer their keen (and sometimes gushy) observations about what critics have called “a genuine rock masterpiece.”

Their detailed analysis includes:

  1. Speculations on ‘the real surprise’
  2. The untold story of the “OOF!” on “Don’t Cha Stop”
  3. Hidden meanings revealed: Wisenheimer or Einstein?
  4. Exploring the layers of “I’m In Touch With Your World”
  5. Donna’s interminable praises for “Bye Bye Love”
  6. Discovering a new phenomena: the Benjamin Orr Trifecta.

A quick apology: Donna brings up Dave Raymer’s cover of “You’re All I’ve Got Tonight” but mistakenly says that it’s the way he draws out ‘tonight’ that she loves. It’s actually his treatment of ’cause’ that has her addicted. Take a listen here to see what she’s talking about:

From there they move into The Midnight Scroll where we get to meet new listener Susan H, and learn her backstory about how she came to love Benjamin Orr and The Cars. Thank you for the wonderful letter, Susan! We also get to hear from our faithful friend Harold from Florida, who offers some kind words about topics on our recent episodes. In between, Donna can barely hold it together as Dave shares the latest letter from our old pal Rico, who gives us the lowdown on the Staten Island Tribute Rockfest.

Graphic by @night_spots

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And now dive into Episode 32 — enjoy!



4 thoughts on “Episode 32: Album Dissections: The Cars’ Debut

  1. Hi SPJ, awesome episode 32 pod cast. really loved all the ways you went through each song picking out all the great parts of the debut album. I so agree with everything. enjoyed so much hearing you both talk about my 3 fav songs, Bye, bye love, moving in stereo, and all mixed, my most fav. I truly love Ben’s voice at the end of the song, where he sings with his deeper voice, the “be alright” line. I have listened to all mixed up where its just Ben’s voice and the bass. so amazing, so perfect his voice is. if he were here today just starting out and went on American Idol to audition, when they have people come out to sing with no back ground music to back them up, Ben would win the whole show before it even got started. My mom heard me listening to that version and she was amazed he sounded so wonderful with no music and she said, he doesn’t have any machines, lol, helping his voice sound that good either? i said, no mom thats just him. she said if she knew Ben had that great a voice, she would not have made me wear head phones when I listened to the Cars when i was young. mom’s 85 now, she never cared much for rock. now she has me play Cars songs for her 🙂 her favorite by Ben is, “send me” I showed her some pics of Ben and she said, oh my goodness, he had a perfect face too! yes he did.

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  2. I showed my mom your site and she said she thinks Mr. Orr 🙂 would be very thankful to you for having such a nice site dedicated to him. Mom is definitely a Ben and Cars fan now. So cute to see her in the kitchen cooking, her fav thing to do, singing along to Ben’s songs. She only likes one Ric song, Magic, lol

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