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The Cars — Moving In Stereo
Album: The Cars
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Released: 1978
Length: 4:40
Plays (last 30 days): 3
Life's the same, I'm moving in stereo
Life's the same except for my shoes
Life's the same, you're shakin' like tremolo
Life's the same, it's all inside you

It's so easy to blow up your problems
It's so easy to play up your breakdown
It's so easy to fly through a window
It's so easy to fool with the sound

It's so tough to get up
It's so tough
It's so tough to live up
It's so tough on you

Life's the same, I'm moving in stereo
Life's the same except for my shoes
Life's the same, you're shakin' like tremolo
Life's the same, it's all inside you

Life's the same, I'm moving in stereo
Life's the same except for my shoes
Life's the same, you're shakin' like tremolo
Life's the same, it's all inside you
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 Retrograde-orbit wrote:
The album was the sound track for the summer of 1978.  Ah the memories!!
 

Summer of '79 too!
I love Elliot's guitar sound in the intro (and through the whole tune). So much crunch but not that much distortion. I want that sound.
Phoebeeee!!!

upgrade to an 8
A great album, all the way around. A favorite. Saw them 4 times in concert. Always a deadpan concert from a showmanship perspective, but great music nonetheless. Love the Cars. RIP Ben and Ric.
YOU ROCK IT BECAUSE YOU PLAY THEM BOTH TOGETHER....THE WAY THEY WERE MEANT TO BE PLAYED...and cheers to my dear old Pop who introduced me to this and...the correct way to play it!!!!!!   Love ya dear old Dad...
one of the best songs ever, from one of the best bands ever...
RP always plays obscure but best songs from a album, not just the hits
You know, it's illegal in some places not to play the other half of this song, All Mixed Up. Just sayin, Bill. 
 tarbinator wrote:
One of the most iconic albums of all time.  If you don't immediately transport back to the time in which you first listened to this, something is seriously wrong.
 
This came on and - as it always does - I was immediately in the summer between high school and college. A very short, intensely weird window in my life, but not without it's high points. This album was in constant rotation everywhere and their particular flavour of tasty synthpop ushered in what would become New Wave in our circles. Stirs up many twisted but fun memories.
 tarbinator wrote:
One of the most iconic albums of all time.  If you don't immediately transport back to the time in which you first listened to this, something is seriously wrong.
 
This was the only 8track that would play on the bus I rode to middle school and high school, (but I rode a bicycle mostly by then except for a month after breaking my leg)
We were about to pick up my crush when this came on. Pretty blonde.
One of the most iconic albums of all time.  If you don't immediately transport back to the time in which you first listened to this, something is seriously wrong.
A spectacularly "stereophonic" sounding segue from Hooverphonic's 'Inhaler'!

Always love a good thematically relevant transition
Image result for phoebe cates gif
Came out the year graduated high school in Boston area!  Wore this 8-track down to nothing!!!  Best cruising tape ever...
Still awesome esp with super JBL speakers & Macintosh pre-amp!
RIP Rick!
Forever linked to Fast Times at Ridgemont High and my eternal love of Phoebe Cates.
Vale Ric Ocasek
 justin4kick wrote:
Thank you, Ric, for the wonderful music that has become an inseparable part of the memories of my youth. R.I.P.
 

A man who left something good behind when he moved on!


RIP Ric Ocasek. This song and the two first albums as a whole are an unforgettable part of the soundtrack of my mid-teenage years. Farewell, Czech brother!
Thank you, Ric, for the wonderful music that has become an inseparable part of the memories of my youth. R.I.P.
RIP Rick
i hoped this would turn up today - RIP
 MrStatenIsle wrote:
 Piranga wrote:
Great band, writing, and grooves, largely missed by pop culture. But what's new? The Common People miss a lot.

 Missed by pop culture?  The Cars were hugely popular in the 80s, and this tune in particular, associated with one of the great pop movies of the 80s.


 
 Piranga wrote:
Great band, writing, and grooves, largely missed by pop culture. But what's new? The Common People miss a lot.
 
Uh, not where I'm from! They were huge. Were you in Outer Mongolia around the time of the Cars?
 Piranga wrote:
Great band, writing, and grooves, largely missed by pop culture. But what's new? The Common People miss a lot.

 Missed by pop culture?  The Cars were hugely popular in the 80s, and this tune in particular, associated with one of the great pop movies of the 80s.


Great band, writing, and grooves, largely missed by pop culture. But what's new? The Common People miss a lot.
That was once smooth segue.
I’m just here for the album cover.
Great song - great band.
The album was the sound track for the summer of 1978.  Ah the memories!!
 khardog145 wrote:
Wow everyone's wish comes true - 2 in a row off of a Great record.  Saw them in 79 I think at the now defunct Poplar Creek.  A huge thunderstorm hit and we were sliding down the amphitheater-like grass hill on plastic ponchos, which quickly turned to mud.  We then rocked out the rest of the concert totally muddy and soaked (:  That place was later demolished, but the memory stands.
 
I remember Poplar Creek. Saw Sting there and a few other bands I can't remember. Cool place...too bad it's gone. It was a pretty decent venue to see a band.
Bill, you HAVE TO go back to playing All Mixed Right Up immediately after Moving In Stereo! It's such a great couplet.
Wow everyone's wish comes true - 2 in a row off of a Great record.  Saw them in 79 I think at the now defunct Poplar Creek.  A huge thunderstorm hit and we were sliding down the amphitheater-like grass hill on plastic ponchos, which quickly turned to mud.  We then rocked out the rest of the concert totally muddy and soaked (:  That place was later demolished, but the memory stands.
 justin4kick wrote:
I agree. "All mixed up" is a favorite of mine.

No biscuit today, but cream instead. Strange brew, indeed.
 

 Spot_69 wrote:
No "All Mixed Up" once again. So sad, too bad.

I also feel cheated every time that happens.

Bad Bill - no biscuit.

  

 
LowPhreak wrote:

Feels like we're Moving In Mono, not Stereo?

  
25demayo wrote:

Today Bill gets a biscuit. Moving in Stereo followed by All Mixed Up.

{#Clap}


 25demayo wrote: 
 

Unfortunately no biscuit today.

  

JeriF wrote:



Biscuit today! {#Music}
 

No biscuit today, but cream instead. Strange brew, indeed.

 Spot_69 wrote:
No "All Mixed Up" once again. So sad, too bad.

I also feel cheated every time that happens.

Bad Bill - no biscuit.

  

 
LowPhreak wrote:

Feels like we're Moving In Mono, not Stereo?

  
25demayo wrote:

Today Bill gets a biscuit. Moving in Stereo followed by All Mixed Up.

{#Clap}


 25demayo wrote: 
 

Unfortunately no biscuit today.

 

Biscuit today! {#Music}
Yay! Bill listens to his fans, gotta have All Mixed Up after Stereo. This station rocks.
Life's the same, except for my shoes.
 bm.deavenport613 wrote:
Phoebe Cates......mmmmmmmmmm

 
36 years later, and there's no sign of it slowing down.

Brandon Flowers mentioned that scene when he inducted the Cars into the R&R H-O-F.
 


 Spot_69 wrote:
No "All Mixed Up" once again. So sad, too bad.

I also feel cheated every time that happens.

Bad Bill - no biscuit.

  

 
LowPhreak wrote:

Feels like we're Moving In Mono, not Stereo?

  
25demayo wrote:

Today Bill gets a biscuit. Moving in Stereo followed by All Mixed Up.

{#Clap}

 
Unfortunately no biscuit today.
 bm.deavenport613 wrote:
Phoebe Cates......mmmmmmmmmm

 
Yes, this song is indelibly linked to that Fast Times In Ridgemont High scene in my brain. 


 Spot_69 wrote:
No "All Mixed Up" once again. So sad, too bad.

I also feel cheated every time that happens.

Bad Bill - no biscuit.

  

 
LowPhreak wrote:

Feels like we're Moving In Mono, not Stereo?

 
Today Bill gets a biscuit. Moving in Stereo followed by All Mixed Up.

{#Clap}
These guys just blew the doors off of everything else at the time... I saw an interview a few years ago where Rick was saying that he and Ben had actually spent years nearly perfecting most of the songs that became this debut record while still in Ohio; after they'd moved to Boston and met up with the other members who were accomplished music school guys ready to go, they sure took off!
Yaz vs. Soft Cell...WHO 'YA GOT?
Image result for ric ocasek trouser press

When I was a freshman in college one of my older buddies dropped out and went to work just about the time this came out.  He was living with mom and dad and the first paycheck he decked out this POS Monza with a really killer car stereo system.  We would drive out on country roads in back woods Appalachia, sip''n cheap beer,  burn big old bones and crank this tune.  
To me there were two incarnations of The Cars.  The rock band (The Cars & Candy-O) and the pop band (Panorama & Shake It Up)
 bluematrix wrote:

Yes, I too was hoping Bill would hear our pleas, but alas. Maybe he feels if he caves to pressure on this one, he might feel like he'd have to on other musical one-two punches? Ah well, it's a rare and minor miss in the grand scheme of RP.

 
Alas, maybe your pleas are being properly disregarded with no other rationale than, "because they should be".
This song was WAY ahead of its time...still sounds great, and fresh, today.
 tgrier wrote:
The album was a landmark album. The whole thing is solid.
 
Such a great album!. I remember after listening to what's now called Classic Rock for years, hearing this album and just being blown away by the "new" sound.
 Timbo080 wrote:
I always picture that scene from Fast Times at Ridgemont High whenever I hear this song!

 
Yes.

And I laugh at all the Fast Times references in the other notes on this song.

Ah, the good ol' days.

{#Roflol}
The album was a landmark album. The whole thing is solid.
 LowPhreak wrote:

Feels like we're Moving In Mono, not Stereo?

 
Yes, I too was hoping Bill would hear our pleas, but alas. Maybe he feels if he caves to pressure on this one, he might feel like he'd have to on other musical one-two punches? Ah well, it's a rare and minor miss in the grand scheme of RP.
The cars were lame at the time. Aged well.
What does this song remind me of????

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Ah yes, THAT'S it! 
Perfect choice in the grove set by the man Bill.  So good!!! The thread just got needled.  
Phoebe Cates......mmmmmmmmmm
 coloradojohn wrote:
Timeless, classy, mind-bendingly quirky and unique song from one of the most original, talented, clever, and best-loved groups ever...

 
+1

They had a great run. I feel like they pushed the radio rock genre to its absolute limit at a time rock and roll had lost its way. Every band since has basically been trying to reinvent or rediscover older forms. The Cars by contrast were the last classic rock band to be original - if that males any sense. 
I always picture that scene from Fast Times at Ridgemont High whenever I hear this song!
can we re-call The Cars now
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 Spot_69 wrote:
No "All Mixed Up" once again. So sad, too bad.

I also feel cheated every time that happens.

Bad Bill - no biscuit.

 
Feels like we're Moving In Mono, not Stereo?
No "All Mixed Up" once again. So sad, too bad.

I also feel cheated every time that happens.

Bad Bill - no biscuit.


The Cars - always so good
Great song - this song always sounded like Crack the Sky - play some of their music.  Thx
Great song - great band.
 
   I pass the microphone to Mr Dunning–Kruger
   Though,  I'll make  exception for some shoes
 

Where is All Mixed Up?!?

This isn’t proper!

I feel cheated!


Timeless, classy, mind-bendingly quirky and unique song from one of the most original, talented, clever, and best-loved groups ever...
nice transition from the Shins' "rifle spiral"
 Kaisersosay wrote:
Come on Bill here's your chance,,,,,,,All Mixed Up,,, Bring it on!

 
{#Yes}{#Yes}..........oh well, I guess not this time. 
Come on Bill here's your chance,,,,,,,All Mixed Up,,, Bring it on!
 h8rhater wrote:
 
Sadly, not always.

 
yes, keep it going,,,, All Mixed Up, is needed.
 Bone wrote:
'Moving in Stereo' fading in off of Hooverphonic's, "As I was saying, stereo is full of surprises"...

Once again, well played, Bill. 

 
Was just going to compliment Bill on this too. He is The Segue Master!

(edit- but there is still room for improvement... should have played the other "half" of this song next, All Mixed Up)
 Bone wrote:
'Moving in Stereo' fading in off of Hooverphonic's, "As I was saying, stereo is full of surprises"...

Once again, well played, Bill. 

 
Yep. Just had to post that that was one sound spectacular segue.
 RSF wrote:
By far most favorite Cars song!

 
 scraig wrote:

You nailed it!

 
"Hi Brad, you know how cute I always thought you were."
 wgsu_1978 wrote:
We heard "Bye Bye Love" yesterday while cruising down Florida Rt 40 (Ocala Natl Forest). That was fun. This one, not so much.
 
Great song and great stretch of highway-
When I was a kid my grandfather used to pick me up at the airport in Gainsville and drive me back to his house in Dunnellon. While passing through that quiet, dark stretch of woods he would regale me with stories of a Sasquatch who had been spotted and was on the loose in that forest.  Terrified/thrilled me as a kid.  I miss those days and my grandfather.
Great song, but doesn't seem complete without All Mixed Up
 ziakut wrote:
Poor Judge Reinhold. Doesn't anyone ever f*#^ing knock anymore?

 
You nailed it!
'Moving in Stereo' fading in off of Hooverphonic's, "As I was saying, stereo is full of surprises"...

Once again, well played, Bill. 
 Bert7 wrote:
Let's see if it happens tonight?{#Guitarist}

 
Nope not tonight.
Let's see if it happens tonight?{#Guitarist}
  raewah wrote:
YOU MUST KEEP IT ROLLING INTO ALL MIXED UP!!!!  Why is it NO RADIO STATION does that?
  maryte wrote:
 JrzyTmata wrote:

settle down now. Bill always plays them together.

 
"Always" is a very long time...

 
Sadly, not always.
We heard "Bye Bye Love" yesterday while cruising down Florida Rt 40 (Ocala Natl Forest). That was fun. This one, not so much.
Headphones on!
Bumped from 8 to 9.
So far ahead of their time at the time that we couldn't get enough of them! I still can't! Just played their whole cool collection yesterday!
By far most favorite Cars song!
 Lindo525 wrote:
Fantastic sonic segue from the Shins "Rifle's Spiral" to this. Very Cool!!

 
{#Bounce}

Still works...
Hauntingly brilliant....
 
Have loved this band since my teens, still love them.
 jhorton wrote:
Back in the day, we had too listen to this on 8-track through a pair of 6x9 Jensens in the Z28. It sounded great even then, but now Radio Paradise>mp3>Arcam class A Pre-Amp>Arcam class A Amp to my vintage 1983 Klipsch KG4's, it's pure bliss! 

 
Beat up '65 Chevy Pickup here. Jensens were in a homemade box on the floor straddling the gear shift. Smokin' 120 watt equalizer for power. Oh to have the sub-woofers we have now back then!

Like the Cars.  Learned of them in college, when a younger friend turned me onto them, he is now gone.  I'm always happy hearing the Cars, reminding me of Mike.  Unfortunately he was killed a few years ago during a home invasion.  "Only the good die young", he was a good person - very sweet, thoughtful and sensitive.
You got it, jktravl: I remember taking our Canadian Marantz exhibit (including our Ortofon cartridges) to the Washington Hi-Fi Show and blowing the folks away with Santana's debut album.

Those were the days.........my friend!

This Cars album has also stood the test of time..........BIG time.

 
Fantastic sonic segue from the Shins "Rifle's Spiral" to this. Very Cool!!
 jmsmy wrote:
Awesome transition - Inhaler & Moving In Stereo

 
+1
The Caaaaahs!!!
Killer synchronicity! I was just in Highlands at some patio bars, enjoying rays of Spring; string of Cars songs made it HEAVEN; now THIS!
 msymmes wrote:
Radio Paradise->aac>SqueezeBox->Arcam->NAD->Paradigm Studios

Oh so good !  Yes, better than vinyl in any millennium if Bill has the source and usually he does !
 
H ha! Geek alert!

I'll raise you a  Radio Paradise->aac>iTunes>custom built DAC>Audio Innovations valves>Living Voice>old school ears
Radio Paradise->aac>SqueezeBox->Arcam->NAD->Paradigm Studios

Oh so good !  Yes, better than vinyl in any millennium if Bill has the source and usually he does !


Back in the day, we had too listen to this on 8-track through a pair of 6x9 Jensens in the Z28. It sounded great even then, but now Radio Paradise>mp3>Arcam class A Pre-Amp>Arcam class A Amp to my vintage 1983 Klipsch KG4's, it's pure bliss! 
Just have to echo what others have said...

1 - Good Times Roll
2 - My Best Friend's Girl
3 - Just What I Needed
4 - I'm In Touch With Your World
5 - Don't Cha Stop
6 - You're All I've Got Tonight
7 - Bye Bye Love
8 - Moving In Stereo
9 - All Mixed Up


Holy smokes!
So nice to hear the cars. If your vinyls are beat and you don't listen to radio, these are few and far between. And excellent. Awesome band.
 JrzyTmata wrote:

settle down now. Bill always plays them together.

 




"Always" is a very long time...
 jktravl wrote:
Oh this is just a rambling rant
This song reminds me of my days of being an audiophile, back when the phono cartridge you used would suddenly bring out background instruments you might not hear on another, suchas an ortophon cartridge compared to a shure, and how different speakers would accentuate specific frequency ranges. And how BOSE stood for box only sound extra.  Good times, and the famous maxell poster where the guy is getting blown away in his chair. It was a great industry at the time. Now I sit here listening on a set of powered speakers with little to no opportunity to fiddle with things except my sound card. The death of audio as I used to know it reduced to a set of earbuds. I want an I phone like the woman if front of me a tthe supermarket has while she pays with food stamps.  But at least I have RP!!!!

 
To everyone who can relate to this post, and I'm sure there are more than a few, find a way to rent "Sound City" by Dave Grohl.  Then take it home and watch it on your home theatre system with the sound system turned up nice and loud.  Not only is it entertaining as hell and quite the timepiece, it gives some real insight into the art of recording and listening to Rock-n-Roll music.
RIP Ben
Great segue into Barra and Govinda - well done! I was way into the Cars and you just slid the next song right up the tailpipe. Nice job!
Totally wish I could have seen them, just never had the chance; still a cool and quirky band worthy of worship, for sure! Echo the comment about this album being the soundtrack of parties for years running after it blew onto the airwaves...It was surreal!
------

kimschoice wrote:

"Cars" in concert - being from Boston it was mandatory.  from local clubs to the Gahden.  It's wonderful how music can take you back.


"Cars" in concert - being from Boston it was mandatory.  from local clubs to the Gahden.  It's wonderful how music can take you back. 


 Biscobret wrote:
Amazing -- their debut's track-listing looks like a best of!

1 - Good Times Roll
2 - My Best Friend's Girl
3 - Just What I Needed
4 - I'm In Touch With Your World
5 - Don't Cha Stop
6 - You're All I've Got Tonight
7 - Bye Bye Love
8 - Moving In Stereo
9 - All Mixed Up

 

Yeah-it's a pretty strong debut album.  That thing got played at parties for 2 solid years after it showed up.
Amazing -- their debut's track-listing looks like a best of!

1 - Good Times Roll
2 - My Best Friend's Girl
3 - Just What I Needed
4 - I'm In Touch With Your World
5 - Don't Cha Stop
6 - You're All I've Got Tonight
7 - Bye Bye Love
8 - Moving In Stereo
9 - All Mixed Up
 
me too. was my most highly favoured group in grade 8. Still is at 47 yrs old.

stephw wrote:
One of my only good memories of high school  {#Sad}

On the upside, still LOVE this album - have it in LP and CD since my LP is looking pretty used....{#Roflol}

 


 coloradojohn wrote:
Oh, wow...  As I sit and write about Standing Waves and Schumann Resonances -- and the human heart and the Earth both resonate at 7.8 Hz, by the way, and light travels around the resonant cavity between the Earth and ionosphere at slightly less than 1/8 second; co-incidence? and this song plays, my heart, mind, body and soul are all Moving In Stereo!  Full-on Quantum Resonance has been achieved!

 
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Oh, wow...  As I sit and write about Standing Waves and Schumann Resonances -- and the human heart and the Earth both resonate at 7.8 Hz, by the way, and light travels around the resonant cavity between the Earth and ionosphere at slightly less than 1/8 second; co-incidence? and this song plays, my heart, mind, body and soul are all Moving In Stereo!  Full-on Quantum Resonance has been achieved!
One of my only good memories of high school  {#Sad}

On the upside, still LOVE this album - have it in LP and CD since my LP is looking pretty used....{#Roflol}
 raewah wrote:
This song so brings me back to a better time.  A time where my father was around...laughing and having a great time!!  And as he would say...you have to follow this song with "All Mixed Up"...that is the way they are meant to be played!!!  Bill...as a music person...I would think you would follow the rules :)

 
NICE JOB BILL!!!  THANK YOU!!!