Quoting Benjamin

On filming his video for “Stay the Night”: “You just try to act out the part. You just try to make yourself miserable for a second or two, at least while the camera is on you. When the lights are on and the camera’s rolling, you just do what you hafta do… I just sit there and fake it, ’cause I’m just a happy guy.” — The Boston Herald, October 12, 1986

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Quoting Benjamin

On singing Ric Ocasek’s lyrics: “It was a natural process. Ric’s lyrics were just there. They needed to be done in the way they were done; you just had to search for ways to put the lyrics across. I really don’t know about the esthetic value of Ric’s lyrics. I don’t need to know. That’s not what they’re there for, y’know.” — The Cars by Peter Goddard and Philip Kamin, 1986

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Quoting Benjamin

On singing Ric Ocasek’s lyrics for “Drive”: “Sometimes, with the way he writes, you’re conscious about doing a lyric in a particular way. At times it just comes off so naturally you don’t have to even think about it. It just sort of comes out of your mouth. It just flows. ‘Drive’ was that kind of natural thing. We heard the song on tape and he said, ‘Do you want to try it?’  I said, ‘Yeah.’ So I went out there and tried it and it just came off. We really didn’t have to think about it. It happened right there. That’s the really weird thing about it; it was one of the easiest ones.” — The Cars by Peter Goddard and Philip Kamin, 1986

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Quoting Benjamin

On why it took him awhile to put out a solo album: “I was tied up with other personal things, you know, around the house. I just took my time, I wanted to do it right. You know, it’s a pretty scary thing to do it for the first time and you want to make sure everything falls into place so I took a little extra time this time.” — Line One radio interview, November 1986

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Quoting Benjamin

“Ric and I have always gotten along, especially musically. We’re good friends as well, but probably the reason why we kept playing together so long is strictly because of the music. Not ‘strictly because of the music…’ just because the music and the friendship were wonderful through all these years and it’s continuing on.” — Retro Rock interview, date unknown

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Quoting Benjamin

On how he felt when Elektra Records approached him about doing a solo album: “I got pretty nervous there for a while… you know, ‘cause I’d never done anything like this before, so I wanted to do a good job and when they asked me to do it I said sure I’d do it, but then shortly there afterward I got a little nervous. (chuckles)” — interview with Scott Muni, Line One radio program, November 1986.

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