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RETURN TO A SYNTH-CLASSIC: GARY NUMAN'S "CARS"

Posted by Billyjam, September 3, 2007 09:30am | Post a Comment
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Gary Numan
's 1979 gloomy & seductive synth-pop hit single "Cars" ( from the album The Pleasure Principle), which was a  big hit both in his native United Kingdom upon its release and the following year in the States, is one of those classic songs that just never seems to age and always manages to sound as fresh and engaging as the first time you heard it.   When Numan arrived on the charts, even though he was obviously derivative of Bowie and others, including T-Rex's Marc Bolan, it didn't really matter because he was so good at what he did. And he put his own unique stamp on things right down to the instrumentation -- the synth sound was a Polymoog. With "Cars," Numan became synthesizer pop's first big star. (Human League's "Don't You Want Me" wouldn't be released until a two full years later). In fact, so great a hit was "Cars" for Numan that it had an adverse effect by overshadowing everything he's done since then -- even his other number one hit "Are 'Friends' Electric?" and the album it came from, Replicas. Below check out the lyrics and the video for the song "Cars," which went on to become a hit again in both 1987 and 1996:


"CARS"

Here in my car
I feel safest of all
I can lock all my doors
It's the only way to live
In cars

Here in my car
I can only receive
I can listen to you
It keeps me stable for days
In cars

Here in my car
Where the image breaks down
Will you visit me please?
If I open my door
In cars

Here in my car
I know I've started to think
About leaving tonight
Although nothing seems right
In cars

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