Episode 14: The RRHOF

There tends to be a lot of high emotion and misunderstanding surrounding the fan vote for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but is it really THAT big of a deal? In this episode, Dave and I attempt to keep things real by discussing how the voting process works, how the band has fared in the past and The Cars’ likelihood of being inducted on their third nomination, and how the members themselves seem to feel about the whole shebang.

In the meantime, the fan vote is open until December 5th. Click here to go to the RRHOF website and cast your vote for our boys!

Have a thought to share yourself? Email us at nightthoughtspodcast@gmail.com and give us an earful! And don’t forget to check out our new youtube channel for easy listening.

Here’s the blogtalk link for Episode 14:


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Episode 13: The New Cars

thenewcars13“Friday the 13th” tends to be a frightening day in the annals of superstition, so Dave and I face it head-on by addressing what may well be the scariest element of The Cars’ history: The New Cars. Haha!

Tune in as we discuss the pros and cons of the venture, how the band members felt about it, and our impressions of the music that came from it. And what might have happened if Doug Powell had been chosen to lead the band instead of Todd Rundgren?

We also talk with a record number of callers (4!), including a surprise visit from closet Cars fan, Kermit the Frog!

Couple of announcements:

  1. Be sure to tune in for our special episode about the Cars’ nomination for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, to be recorded live on Sunday, October 15, 3pm PST, 5pm CST, and 6pm EST.
  2. I’ve started a youtube channel with the audios of our episodes for those that are having trouble with blogtalk. A huge thank you to my talented son (@NickRNeale) for managing the uploads, designing the channel art, and customizing the visuals for each video using graphics by @night_spots. Listen, like, comment, subscribe!  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpBQiSp1iY1nBo2VN3K-fcg

Unfortunately, the audio quality of this episode succumbs to the curse of the night and slowly deteriorates toward the end of the recording. Damn you, blogtalkradio! Or… did Todd Rundgren hack the show? Well, hopefully you can get enough out of it to enjoy our discussion. We had a blast!



Episode 12: The Cars In Concert

Episode 12: The Cars In Concert


The Cars have been declared by some to be “the worst concert of the 80s,” but Dave and I disagree! Tune in to hear our discussion on what made The Cars a great live show. I’m also looking for anyone who can send me a convincing audio of Benjamin singing, “You need a hit, you need a slug”… because I am 100% convinced he says, “su-uck” in every recording of “Cruiser” I’ve heard — in spite of what it says in Lyrics and Prose. Haha!

Oh, and if you’re a male over the age of 50, Dave’s got a special PSA just for you (yeesh!).



Episode 11: What if…?

EP11Move Like This is a terrific album, no doubt about it. Unfortunately, it was recorded more than ten years after the death of Benjamin Orr. But what if he was still alive? Dave and I discuss the likelihood of Benjamin’s participation in the reunion, how the surviving members honored Benjamin’s memory, and we take a look at how the album may have turned out differently with his unique contributions. A couple of great call-ins and an email question about Benjamin’s unreleased tracks round out the show.

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Just a heads up: our next episode is scheduled for Friday, September 29, 2017, when we’ll be talking about how The Cars came across in a live show. Were you lucky enough to see them play? Email your thoughts and experiences to us at nightthoughtspodcast@gmail.com and we’ll read them on the air!

Also, don’t forget to check out our teepublic page for a variety of one-of-a-kind Cars shirts and memorabilia for sale. Some VERY cool stuff there!



Episode 10: It had to be addressed.

Dave and I dive into the “dark side” of the Fanorama and expose some “batshit crazy” elements hiding among Cars’ fans: the power people, the groupies, and the BENIACS.

A few additional delights from this show include insights from a caller about some of Benjamin’s touring preferences and Dave’s epiphany regarding Donna’s true identity. Also, don’t miss the chance to get some cool and unique NiGHT THOUGHTS Cars gear from teepublic.com!



Episode 8: Yabba Dabba Shoo Be Doo!

Dave and I discuss The Cars memorabilia available back in the day, and the current state of the franchise.

Appearances by Flat Andy-O, Ric Fandango-Phoney and a guest caller… and I finally get a chance to air my grievance over the Panorama turntable cover. Don’t miss this episode!