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The Cars — Just What I Needed
Album: The Cars
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Released: 1978
Length: 3:39
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I don't mind you comin' here
And wastin' all my time
'Cause when you're standin' oh-so near
I kinda lose my mind

It's not the perfume that you wear
It's not the ribbons in your hair
And I don't mind you comin' here
And wastin' all my time

I don't mind you hangin' out
And talkin' in your sleep
It doesn't matter where you've been
As long as it was deep, yeah

You always knew to wear it well and
You look so fancy, I can tell
And I don't mind you hangin' out
And talkin' in your sleep

I guess you're just what I needed (Just what I needed)
I needed someone to feed
I guess you're just what I needed (Just what I needed)
I needed someone to bleed

I don't mind you comin' here
And wastin' all my time, time
'Cause when you're standin' oh-so near
I kinda lose my mind, yeah

It's not the perfume that you wear
It's not the ribbons in your hair
And I don't mind you comin' here
And wastin' all my time

I guess you're just what I needed (Just what I needed)
I needed someone to feed
I guess you're just what I needed (Just what I needed)
I needed someone to bleed

I guess you're just what I needed (Just what I needed)
I needed someone to feed
I guess you're just what I needed (Just what I needed)
I needed someone to bleed
Yeah, yeah, so bleed me

(You're just what I needed)
(You're just what I needed)
Yeah
(You're just what I needed)
Yeah, yeah yeah
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What a wonderful casserole of punk power chords; glam rock fuzz/tone; new age synths; and pop lyrics
I was waiting for a Cars tune all day; I even checked which ones were on the list of possibilities. 
I saw Elton John in San Francisco last night, and he mentioned Ric Ocasek's passing.  Sad news. 
I was wondering if RP would honor Ric today; thanks!
Remember seeing them at the Rat in Boston's Kenmore Square when they were just hitting the airwaves. So much talent.
RIP Mr. Ocasek
Loved this band, back in the day. New Wave at it's best. Rock on Ric !
RIP RIC. You brought me, my friends and family lots of joy over the years! A legend!
bummer about Ric passing this weekend. one of my desert island records
RIP Mr. Ocasek.
Anyone else notice the similarities between "I'm Not it Love" by 10 CC
and "Drive" by The Cars?

Both great tunes; which is better?

Maybe RP could play them back to back.
 Skydog wrote:
This would be a lot better without that annoying and whiney syth sound thing 

 
The signature squeaky toy synth that was installed as a preset after this? I'd argue that it was so unique that it became something that no one could do again without people going "Oh - the Cars tone!"

And how about that great part where the drums go from the three to the one and then back? Simple and bril.
Always a good idea to play this song; a New Wave classic from the moment it was born! Trip: Rick and Ben had created and had been working on perfecting all the songs that became their 1st album for several years, from when they met in Cleveland and moved to Boston and met the others; may explain why each and every song was instantly familiar and immortal. Will such a band appear again?
One of the greatest debut albums ever - {#Bananajam}
R.I.P. Ben.  You would have been my go-to guy if I was casting a Christopher Walken biopic.

 ppopp wrote:
RP does a wonderful job of playing songs which are not heard a million times on other radio stations. This track is an exception, but it doesn't happen too often, so I shall refrain from smashing the PSD button with a Pink Floyd hammer, or a hippopotamus.

 
Like the song. Alas! Heard it ( and still hear it) too many times on the radio. OH! I got Beethoven's 5th on PSD.
 it certainly was hot in its day !  FatPants wrote:
I would argue this is the greatest debut album of all time.

 


RP does a wonderful job of playing songs which are not heard a million times on other radio stations. This track is an exception, but it doesn't happen too often, so I shall refrain from smashing the PSD button with a Pink Floyd hammer, or a hippopotamus.
Amazing how I still perk up with this song, even so many years later - clearly the sign of a classic! 
I would argue this is the greatest debut album of all time.
 Piranga wrote:
Great song. Great band. Under appreciated.

 
Not sure why you would say that. The were not underappreciated at all! They were huge in the 80's and were very much appreciated.
Great song. Great band. Under appreciated.
 izycrzy wrote:
I got this tape for just 1 cent - but had to buy eight more tapes at regular club prices.
 
8-track or cassette?
This song has been worn out on classic rock radio. If i could still stand those stations, I'd change the station as soon as it came on.

still a fantastic song. Easily an 8. 
Yes!!!  Now we are talking!
still got it!
 coloradojohn wrote:
I can never forget how, the first time I heard this, at age 16, while doing my best to keep the ball in play on the old Sinbad pinball table at the local arcade and pool-hall, right next to the Japanese restaurant where I had my first job, it sounded at once new and familiar... Steve Miller's Fly Like an Eagle had just faded out, and then the super-cool syncopation of razor-like percussion and wild, laser-like gnashing guitars of this came blasting on the sound-system tuned into local radio that was wired into the place... We were all at once transfixed, and everyone held their breath — was it some new electrified techno rockabilly? Was it in fact an old obscure song we were being turned onto by the hip radio deejay? Everyone in the place looked around and perked up their ears, and when Ocasek and Orr belted out their twisted angst and quirky vocals, we could dig it, and were rocked to our cores, convinced we'd witnessed The Newest Thing...and indeed, it was. Soon, we all had The Cars jamming night and day, and the world seemed transformed into a fun new ride.

  Love your comments John, they articulate my thoughts.  

It's funny to remember this album was the first of the mainstream "new wave" albums to come out.  It was a change from what we call "classic rock" now.

I can remember WBCN playing an earlier version of this over and over in 1977 or 78 since the Cars from from Boston, and they were promoting local bands.  When the album version came out it sounded the same but different.  Now I can't for the life of me remember what the pre-album version sounded like.

It's also ironic (someone probably pointed this out below) that the Car's first hit didn't have Ric Ocasic singing. 
I got this tape for just 1 cent - but had to buy eight more tapes at regular club prices.
I can never forget how, the first time I heard this, at age 16, while doing my best to keep the ball in play on the old Sinbad pinball table at the local arcade and pool-hall, right next to the Japanese restaurant where I had my first job, it sounded at once new and familiar... Steve Miller's Fly Like an Eagle had just faded out, and then the super-cool syncopation of razor-like percussion and wild, laser-like gnashing guitars of this came blasting on the sound-system tuned into local radio that was wired into the place... We were all at once transfixed, and everyone held their breath — was it some new electrified techno rockabilly? Was it in fact an old obscure song we were being turned onto by the hip radio deejay? Everyone in the place looked around and perked up their ears, and when Ocasek and Orr belted out their twisted angst and quirky vocals, we could dig it, and were rocked to our cores, convinced we'd witnessed The Newest Thing...and indeed, it was. Soon, we all had The Cars jamming night and day, and the world seemed transformed into a fun new ride.
Always loved how they left a little space in the chorus for a third "just what I needed", for everyone singing along.
This would be a lot better without that annoying and whiney syth sound thing 
Thanks, Bill. That was just what I needed.
One of the most underated bands of all time!
 sirdroseph wrote:
Great song, great album! The Cars first 2 albums were landmark!{#Clap}

 

Totally Agree!
I love how everything on their first albums was the perfect soundtrack to anything, whether it was beer & Frisbee or cruisin' high as kites...
Blech.  Should have stayed retired.
check out the 2013 Cars album, same sound new era
 
this whole album was great.....reminds me of my youth, growing up in roslindale ("Rozzie" to the natives), listening to this, j geils, boston, aerosmith.........unfortunately they turned out to be a (grossly over-played) one-trick pony
yeah {#Dance}
Man, this brings back memories of skateboarding my friends back yard pool in 8th grade.  Big droughts in Southern CA, and that summer it was drained... lots of fun.
 theforgiventeen wrote:

You've rated almost every song a Ten. Seriously?

 


Apparently they are listening to the right station then!
 membeth wrote:

Yeah, and a lot of the RP crowd doesn't listen to commercial radio.  Like at all, ever.  I'm in that camp.  I don't know or care what Clear Channel plays and I think their playlist should have no influence on RP.  Good music is good music.

 

Yes, now, but all throughout the 80s and 90s? Now that is a different story.
Long ago, this was good. It has not aged well.
Good song, but I still think of the (now defunct) Circuit City when I hear this...shame.
Great song, great album! The Cars first 2 albums were landmark!{#Clap}
 Zweiblumen wrote:


This is stupid.  Why should a good song be excluded from RP just because Clear Channel plays it?  Why should I be excluded from hearing a good song that happens to be on commercial radio just because I don't listen to it?  I come here for good music, not to hear exclusively things that I cannot hear elsewhere.

 
Yeah, and a lot of the RP crowd doesn't listen to commercial radio.  Like at all, ever.  I'm in that camp.  I don't know or care what Clear Channel plays and I think their playlist should have no influence on RP.  Good music is good music.

 conglif wrote:

{#Naughty}
 
They have two- she's also smart and liberal- https://www.huffingtonpost.com/paulina-porizkova/fame-according-to-me_b_599565.html

So good ! Reminds me of my student years...
Nice!
 romeotuma wrote:


This song is soooo good for the ears...

 
 
You've rated almost every song a Ten. Seriously?



This song is soooo good for the ears...

 
9 years ago this month we lost Ben.
Feckin Cancer.

I always prefered Ben's tunes, but enjoy most of the Cars' stuff.

 evansdad wrote:


Agree 100% with Zweiblumen...
 
Me 3! {#Clap}
 Zweiblumen wrote:


This is stupid.  Why should a good song be excluded from RP just because Clear Channel plays it?  Why should I be excluded from hearing a good song that happens to be on commercial radio just because I don't listen to it?  I come here for good music, not to hear exclusively things that I cannot hear elsewhere.

 

Agree 100% with Zweiblumen...
 GChevy410 wrote:

Wow, she (Paulina Porizkova) is gorgeous.  Not bad at all.  Do they have a daughter? 

 
{#Naughty}


 redstorm wrote:
1978. The Bottom Line, NYC. their first tour. the place held max 350-400 people, the cars ROCKED it!  {#Mrgreen}  they were never gonna be a great group...but they were great fun while they lasted. plus i think most people are just jealous that ric okasek, gets to sleep with paulina porizkova, not bad for a kid from baltimore!
 
Wow, she is gorgeous.  Not bad at all.  Do they have a daughter? 


{#Dancingbanana}

They were so cool !!!
Cab Calloway to the Cars...tee hee...
At a time when it seemed we'd never see the end of disco ... we got The Cars! Whew!!!{#Motor}

Produced by Roy Thomas Baker - the same guy who produced the early Queen albums.

{#Bananajam}One of the few gems from that era.  {#Dancingbanana}
1978. The Bottom Line, NYC. their first tour. the place held max 350-400 people, the cars ROCKED it!  {#Mrgreen}  they were never gonna be a great group...but they were great fun while they lasted. plus i think most people are just jealous that ric okasek, gets to sleep with paulina porizkova, not bad for a kid from baltimore!


meloman wrote:
Hard to believe all the negative comments. I suppose that's an artifact of overexposure on commercial radio. In the late 70s and early '80s The Cars were one of the most idiosyncratic bands in America. They brought together elements of punk and mainstream rock, and added great lyrics by Ric Ocasek. Go ahead and dump on them for being successful, but it doesn't change the fact that they made some very good music in their time. IMO, their first album, "The Cars" is a classic.

What he said. . .


aquadonia wrote:
Love how the green car goes in a complete circle. {#Lol}


Reminds me of living in Edmonton. TRAFFIC CIRCLE HEAVEN!!!

 aquadonia wrote:
Love how the green car goes in a complete circle. {#Lol}
 

Aw, he's just making a U-turn!  {#Laughing}
 Nabla wrote:

  Love how the green car goes in a complete circle. {#Lol}


WRIF Detroit, 1979 or so. The Morning Crew did this as Popeye. Talking about the seaweed in your hair. Still cannot get that out of my head!!
 lathyris wrote:


Outdated traffic circle. Hardly the modern roundabout that I'm sure The Cars would have supported ;-)
 
Where's the drunk who keeps circling on the outside of the rim with the wrong turn signal going?
 Nabla wrote:



 

Outdated traffic circle. Hardly the modern roundabout that I'm sure The Cars would have supported ;-)
 redtex wrote:
This is where I repeat the comment from others about the availability of this song on Clear Channel radio. But I do still think RP is vastly superior (aka:a gazillion times better) than most local radio.
 

This is stupid.  Why should a good song be excluded from RP just because Clear Channel plays it?  Why should I be excluded from hearing a good song that happens to be on commercial radio just because I don't listen to it?  I come here for good music, not to hear exclusively things that I cannot hear elsewhere.

Marr wrote:
Dude, even you ranked "Moving In Stereo" as a 7. Same album......
:eek: :doh: Busted! :lol:
This ROCKS! :bananajam:
Marr wrote:
And this is where I repeat that some of us never listen to clearchannelmuck anymore. I LIKE this song and do enjoy hearing it now and then. Just because the clearchannels of the world have overplayed it doesn't mean it isn't good anymore.
Me, too!
redtex wrote:
This is where I repeat the comment from others about the availability of this song on Clear Channel radio. But I do still think RP is vastly superior (aka:a gazillion times better) than most local radio.
And this is where I repeat that some of us never listen to clearchannelmuck anymore. I LIKE this song and do enjoy hearing it now and then. Just because the clearchannels of the world have overplayed it doesn't mean it isn't good anymore.
This is where I repeat the comment from others about the availability of this song on Clear Channel radio. But I do still think RP is vastly superior (aka:a gazillion times better) than most local radio.
Xeric wrote:
Too bad they never recorded any of it. . . .
Dude, even you ranked "Moving In Stereo" as a 7. Same album......
now that's more like it. It's got the beat, it's got the beat, it's got the beat....yeah. oops, that's another song?!
meloman wrote:
Hard to believe all the negative comments. I suppose that's an artifact of overexposure on commercial radio. In the late 70s and early '80s The Cars were one of the most idiosyncratic bands in America. They brought together elements of punk and mainstream rock, and added great lyrics by Ric Ocasek. Go ahead and dump on them for being successful, but it doesn't change the fact that they made some very good music in their time. IMO, their first album, "The Cars" is a classic.
Too bad they never recorded any of it. . . .
camden_hampden wrote:
From their perfect 1st album. I had a debate a bar a few months back about whether or not there existed a perfect rock album (no duds) and this is the closest we could get. Back when this kind of thing still mattered, this album had 3 Top 40 hits and 7 in the Top 100 -- on a 9 track album!
Nice! Probably wouldn't have come to that conclusion personally...but it's awesome to see the Cars ranked so highly by others :) One of my all time favourite bands!
Brilliant!
:jump:
From their perfect 1st album. I had a debate a bar a few months back about whether or not there existed a perfect rock album (no duds) and this is the closest we could get. Back when this kind of thing still mattered, this album had 3 Top 40 hits and 7 in the Top 100 -- on a 9 track album!
1978 Summertime fun....man...sooo many years ago!! This is definitely a rock n roll staple! Thanks, Bill!
ahh, refreshing! Just what I needed on a Friday afternoon!
Love the group, always will--but this song has been overplayed to death. Please play alternate cuts from them like "Heartbeat City." No thanks to Circuit City *grr*
Ummm no, not then, not now, and not in the forseeable future.
What are the odds? YOU needed someone to feed and someone to bleed? Me too!
meloman wrote:
Hard to believe all the negative comments. I suppose that's an artifact of overexposure on commercial radio. In the late 70s and early '80s The Cars were one of the most idiosyncratic bands in America. They brought together elements of punk and mainstream rock, and added great lyrics by Ric Ocasek. Go ahead and dump on them for being successful, but it doesn't change the fact that they made some very good music in their time. IMO, their first album, "The Cars" is a classic.
totally agree
Circuit City reminded me of how much I love this song! Too bad their stores suck. I'm playing keys in a Cars cover band especially for Halloween! I might even buy a keytar for the occasion.
meloman wrote:
Hard to believe all the negative comments. I suppose that's an artifact of overexposure on commercial radio. In the late 70s and early '80s The Cars were one of the most idiosyncratic bands in America. They brought together elements of punk and mainstream rock, and added great lyrics by Ric Ocasek. Go ahead and dump on them for being successful, but it doesn't change the fact that they made some very good music in their time. IMO, their first album, "The Cars" is a classic.
Yeah! What Meloman said!
coloradojohn wrote:
Ric was on The Colbert Report (and did a thing where he and Stephen doled out a finger of disapproval at Todd Rundgren?!) a month or so ago and he was cool as ever... GO CARS AND GO RP!
No one can dismiss Todd ''Runt'' Rundgren after the decades of innovations he has implemented in rock and roll as a masterful singer, songwriter, musician, engineer and producer.
Played at Holy Cross College in Worcester, MA 1976 as 'Le Cars'.
no way! i just went to bestbuy.com as this song came on ... funny.
:jump: :bounce: :guitarist: I'll never EVER get sick of this song.
Oh yes, there I am, at The Odyssey, a game center/ head shop next door to Emi's Teahouse, the Japanese restaurant I worked that high school year, and I'm standing there at the old Sinbad pinball machine, and Steve Miller Band's Fly Like An Eagle is fading out, and THIS COMES ON and sounds instantly retro, oddly familiar, and here to stay. And that summer turned out to be the best, and this tape was firmly wedged into the deck of my '70 Cutlass more often than not! THE CARS! Go, Bill!
Circuit City has ruined this song for me. :cry:
Niiice. The Moog doesn't really get used as much as it should anymore.
underarmor wrote:
Relax. It's an eclectic/diverse station. Not a rare tracks/hard to find songs station.
You're right. People shouldn't vote to ban the Cars because they're popular...how about just 'cause they suck, will that work?
Saw the Cars @ the BOTTOM LINE in NYC, in the Village. It was their first Nationwide tour following the release of their first album...the venue held 400 (barely) and we jammmmmmed!!!! thirty feet from the stage! sweeeeeet!!!! :dancingbanana_2: :guitarist:
Love the Cars, but they were one of the most boring bands in concert. One could get the same effect by placing life size cardboard cut-outs of the band and listening to their CD's! :yawn:
I will always love this tune.
AAAAaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh.............. :clap:
Anyone who thinks the Cars can be easily heard on FM these days hasn't been listening to commercial radio recently. It's good to hear this again on it's own, rather than as part of an ad.
This really is a catchy pop tune, but I sure wish CC would drop it.
QueenLucia wrote:
:dancingbanana::dancingbanana::dancingbanana::dancingbanana::dancingbanana:
Amen.
This is the first time I think I'ver heard Ric Ocasek's killer pop tune in it's entirety since it became Circuit City's theme music about a year ago. It's kind of catchy! Ric's gotta be rolling in the dough on this one...
What movie was Rick O Kasic in, I beleive Neil Young was in the same movie
The Cars - Just What I Needed Dr. John - Let The Good Times Roll ah, just what could've been: The Cars - Let The Good Times Roll Dr. John - Let The Good Times Roll These guys were so far ahead of their time when this came out!!
Wow, this takes me right back to 7th grade. It was my favorite song. Good to hear it again. :dancingbanana::dancingbanana::dancingbanana::dancingbanana::dancingbanana:
Hard to believe all the negative comments. I suppose that's an artifact of overexposure on commercial radio. In the late 70s and early '80s The Cars were one of the most idiosyncratic bands in America. They brought together elements of punk and mainstream rock, and added great lyrics by Ric Ocasek. Go ahead and dump on them for being successful, but it doesn't change the fact that they made some very good music in their time. IMO, their first album, "The Cars" is a classic.
always kinda liked some Cars tunes, but I don't like hearin' them here!
lkbooth71 wrote:
Phew... I was just searching everywhere to find out what happened to Ric Ocasek. Thanks for clarifying!
Ric was on The Colbert Report (and did a thing where he and Stephen doled out a finger of disapproval at Todd Rundgren?!) a month or so ago and he was cool as ever... GO CARS AND GO RP!
what's up with the attributed albums being greatest hits a lot of the time? it drives me up the wall.
Go, Circuit City!
winter wrote:
That might come as a surprise to him. He's alive and well, just not interested in touring with the Cars. You're thinking of Benjamin Orr, who died in 2000 and sang lead on this song.
Phew... I was just searching everywhere to find out what happened to Ric Ocasek. Thanks for clarifying!
Several light years beyond the planet Awful, this giant floundering asteroid of pure mediocrity can be found boring the living snot out of some unfortunate black hole.
mrtyler wrote:
Is anyone else strangely disoriented by the sections where the drum downbeat falls on 1 and 3 (as opposed to the more traditional 2 and 4)? The track made me perk up, and i wasn't sure why until i noticed the drumming switching back and forth. An interesting artifact in an otherwise mediocre song.
That, and the Easton solo, are the musical parts of this tune. I can't stand the Cars - except for certain shining moments. I have a lot more hope for them now with Todd at the helm.
:arghhh: Why?? great_one wrote:
Worst concert I've ever been to (CANDY-O tour).
I saw them around that time. It was like watching a performance by one of those animatronic robot bands at Disneyland. There was actually a time clock located at the edge of the stage so they could all punch out at the end of the show. :eek: Unbelievable. Okay, I made up that bit about the time clock, but it would have been appropriate. For me, this track is a 1 (woe is me that there isn't a lower rating), but apparently a lot of other people like it. :confused: So it goes.
muskrat-toast wrote:
Ric Ocasik is dead :sorry:
That might come as a surprise to him. He's alive and well, just not interested in touring with the Cars. You're thinking of Benjamin Orr, who died in 2000 and sang lead on this song.