Quoting Benjamin

“What attracted us to Boston? It was an entirely different city, and Ric and I, neither one of us had ever been here before. When I showed up I came in at about three in the morning and drove right over a Rt. 2 hill in Cambridge, (laughs) and it just looked so stunning and I said to myself  ‘this is the place I have to live.’ But I liked the city so much. And the next night after I got here we played out. So that about clinched it. And the people in town were mostly young people and it was a great place for a musician to be.” — interview by A. J. Wachtel of The Beat, October 1987

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Quoting Benjamin

“It’s taken two years for the Cars to come out of their shell — or maybe shell shock is a better expression. But what we’re doing onstage now is as much us as what we were doing two years ago. It’s just that we developed at a pace that felt comfortable, without having to contrive any shows of emotionalism.”

— Rolling StoneOctober 30, 1980

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Quoting Benjamin

On how solo work is different than his work with The Cars: “I had a lot more to do, basically (laughs). It was like, constant… you know… 13-hour shifts in the studio, where, more or less,  the other Cars’ albums I’d be there for oh, three or four hours a day.” — “Rock Of The World” interview with host Phil Harvey, 1986

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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