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Rabrrrrrr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 08:12 PM
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Sure, The Cars might've sucked in concert, but they had some great music!!
In the genre of the bullshit that polluted the 80s - oversynthed, pop vomitous utterly devoid of musicianship or musicality - but The Cars had a wonderful streak of creativity and originality in their music that made it very listenable to then, and still listenable today, with only the barest hint, if any, of feeling "dated".

Same with Cyndi Lauper and Culture Club and the first Duran Duran album - good music, even though it's pop; these were the rare four or five gems in a field that was otherwise entirely polluted with nonmusical, uncreative garbage reeking of bodies decomposing for lack of a soul.
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GOPisEvil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 08:13 PM
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1. In fact, I wish I'd stayed home and listened to the cassettes instead of
buying a concert ticket. Boy did The Cars suck live. Worst concert ever!
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Rabrrrrrr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 08:28 PM
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2. I've never heard from anyone who went to a Cars concert and liked it.
Every person I've talked to who went to one has the same review: "It sucked".
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XNASA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 08:36 PM
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3. I once went to a Cars show and had backstage passes....
....and third row center seats.

I still thought it sucked.
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GOPisEvil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 09:02 PM
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5. It wasn't that it sucked musically.
In fact, the band sounded great. Just like the recordings. It's that they were BORING. No crowd interaction. No emotion. No nothing. :boring:
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sendero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 08:57 PM
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4. I liked the Cars..
... and believe me, they weren't the only band who could only make good music in a studio where they can do 10 takes if they need to :)
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idgiehkt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 09:13 PM
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6. listening to Culture Club now is like a religious experience for me
Where in the HELL did George get that shiny-happiness that comes through when you watch those videos today...and that beautiful voice. Wow.
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ScreamingMeemie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 09:27 PM
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7. Disagreed! Not on the Cars, but on the 80's...
Edited on Sat Oct-28-06 09:28 PM by MrsGrumpy
Give me some Alphaville...Thompson Twins...Pet Shop Boys....Psychedelic Furs...

Too many music snobs in the world. The 80's were awesome and, musically, my daughter and I relive them everyday. Great musical era. :P
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Arugula Latte Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 09:40 PM
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8. I agree. Give me also The Smiths, Peter Gabriel, World Party,
Elvis Costello, Echo and the Bunnymen, Joy Division, Billy Bragg, Roxy Music, The Church, The English Beat, The Jam, The Specials, The B-52s, INXS, Hoodoo Gurus, the Pixies, The Plimsouls, Dramarama, REM, The Pretenders, The Ocean Blue, Squeeze, The Waterboys, The Violent Femmes, and many others.

:woohoo:
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Fuzz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 01:51 AM
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12. Now that list brings back some memories of concerts
and albums I have squirreled away somewhere. And don't forget The Cult!
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mvd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 08:08 PM
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17. I'll second The Pixies, The B-52s, R.E.M., The Pretenders
Edited on Sun Oct-29-06 08:11 PM by mvd
I'll add The Bangles, The Go Gos, John Mellencamp, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, The Eurythmics, The Police, U2, Duran Duran, Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Billy Joel, Culture Club, Whitney Houston, Aerosmith, Steve Winwood (some of his best stuff was in the 80s) - and more. There's a lot I don't like, but a lot of great stuff, too.

The Cars are definitely one of my all-time favs!
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elocs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 10:18 PM
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9. I was a security guard at our local civic center.
I survived all of the heavy metal concerts and the Toughman contests unscathed, but I got punched out by a drunk at a Cars concert. I got my first stitches ever--2 over my right eye and got back to the arena just as the concert got over.
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Elidor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 01:37 AM
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10. So you were spared the worst of it
:evilgrin:
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evlbstrd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 01:41 AM
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11. Let me get this straight...
They made great music in that oversynthed, and therefore artificial period, yet they were incapable of deliviering that experience in a live venue. Sounds to me like studio fodder after all.
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Rabrrrrrr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 06:35 AM
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13. No, not that - as I have heard from others, and as GOPisEvil said,
it wasn't that they performed the music badly - it's that they had no interaction with the audience, no charisma, no sense of it being a rock concert. I never saw them, but from I understand from others, it was more like going to a symphony concert where the musicians come out, play the music, then leave.
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evlbstrd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 09:36 AM
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16. Got it.
Glad I never went to see them, then.
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bridgit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 06:59 AM
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14. i'm sorry, but now we part ways...
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blue neen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 07:45 AM
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15. I love The Cars.
I still listen to their music all of the time. "It's All I Can Do" is the personal favorite right now.
It's a little sad to hear Ben Orr's voice, though, since he passed away a few years ago.

My son bought an Eliot Easton Gibson guitar recently, and it's a beaut! :)
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Left Is Write Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 08:50 PM
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19. That is my all-time favorite Cars song.
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Left Is Write Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 08:48 PM
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18. I've never been to a Cars concert.
But I love the Cars and have lots and lots of their music.

I've loved them from first listen.
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