Quoting Benjamin

Are there any local bands you really like now? “Like I said, I’ve been out of the country for a while now and in New York so it’s very seldom that I get out to clubs these days. We just popped over The Opera House the other night but it’s the farthest I’ve gone in quite a while. Bowie the other day. Usually the big acts, and even that’s a chore to get to these days. I just don’t have the time.” ~ interview with A.J. Wachtel of The Beat, October 1987

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Quoting Benjamin

“On the road there’s not much chance to just sit and talk. But with Ric and I, there isn’t much need. I know everything there is to know about Ric and vice versa. It’s pretty much a non-verbal communication at this point. I know he’s watching out for me and the other way around.” ~ Herald & Review, September 24, 1980

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Quoting Benjamin

“I’m still a quiet guy. I like to keep my private life private. I remember we did one show in Chicago with Dickie Betts and the crowd was mean. They were throwing big ice cubes at us. I say, God bless ’em. They pay their money, they’re entitled to go wild. I don’t even care. I’m doing the work I’ve always wanted to do and I’m happy.” ~ Herald & Review, September 24, 1980

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Quoting Benjamin

On why The Cars closed Syncro Sound: “We closed it down because the machinery, uh, state of the art machinery is quite expensive and it’s real hard for up-and-coming musicians to afford something like that unless there’s a record deal, and record companies weren’t in abundance in this town. So, it was difficult for us. It was a case of losing more money a year, you know, than trying to keep up with the tech stuff that we had to. We had three full-time techs there and it was a monetary decision.” ~ interview with A.J. Wachtel of The Beat, October 1987

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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

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