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The Cars — Dangerous Type
Album: Candy-O
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Released: 1979
Length: 4:14
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Can I touch you
Are you out of touch
I guess I never noticed that much
Geranium lover
I'm live on your wire
Oh come and take me whoever you are

She's a lot like you
The dangerous type
She's a lot like you
Come on and hold me tight

Oh inside angel
Always upset
Keeps on forgettin'
That we ever met
Can I bring you out in the light
My curiosity's got me tonight

She's a lot like you
The dangerous type
Oh she's a lot like you
Come on and hold me tight

Museum directors
With high shaking heads
They kick white shadows
Until they play dead
They want to crack your crossword smile
Oh can I take you out for awhile, yeah

She's a lot like you
The dangerous type
She's a lot like you
Come on and hold me tight
She's a lot like you
The dangerous type
She's a lot like you
Come on and hold me tight
Tonight

She's a lot like you
The dangerous type
She's a lot like you
Come on and hold me tight
Tonight

She's a lot like you
The dangerous type, alright
She's a lot like you
Come on and hold me tight
Tonight
Tonight

She's a lot like you
The dangerous type
Tonight
She's a lot like you
Come on and hold me tight
Tonight

She's a lot like you
The dangerous type
She's a lot like you
Tonight

She's a lot like you
The dangerous type
She's a lot like you
Come on hold me tight
Tonight

She's a lot like you
The dangerous type
She's a lot like you
Come on hold me tight
Tonight

She's a lot like you
The dangerous type
She's a lot like you
(fade)
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Katchy great POP....8 Cars out of 10
 ziakut wrote:
Elliot Easton is probably one of the rock world's most underrated guitarist...soloists.

 
Very true. I sort of discovered him after the fact as I was not listening to much music during that period. He is amazing and gave The Cars a real rock edge that pushed them ahead of other synth/new wave/MTV groups.
My buddies and I could NOT get enough of this band back in the day...SIZZLING GUITAR, rippin' keys, wacky vocals, killer style; wow!
This is one of the few Cars songs I liked. The guitar work balances out their synthpop keyboard style, which I didn't love. Some late 70s and early 80s synthpop was ok, but I didn't find the style of the Cars that interesting, and Top 40 radio pummeled us with their mainstream hits.
I love the whole song and especially its outro.
 skyguy wrote:

You've been reading my mail. 'Cept it was a '68 Camero

 
FOCO - be there from the east coast next week.  Glad you can appreciate a good Boston band!  1974 Ford Maverick
 coloradojohn wrote:
Excellent! I've loved and worshipped this gem since I had it on 8-Track. I guess that to make the tracks equal in length, the song included TWO of those jaw-dropping 12-bar solos; Bonus! In the summer of '79, with a buddy or two, a case of beer, a Frisbee full of primo weed, and with this tape stuck in the AudioVox in the dashboard of my mean, green, thirsty and thrumming '70 Cutlass, the nights seemed to go on forever and the world was a very good place. With a six-pack of exquisite Ballast Point Watermelon Dorado Double IPAs, surrounded by jars full of Golden Goat, Alien Blue, and Blueberry Smash, my roll-top desk now seems as good a vehicle!

 
You've been reading my mail. 'Cept it was a '68 Camero
 sbegf wrote:
Ok, ok, she's a lot like me...I get it....wow so repetitive...

 
There's one in every crowd.
 treatment_bound wrote:

I always thought it was "Dirty Water", or is that one for Boston ONLY!

 
The older-generation Boston-area types go with the Standells, I think. The history behind that song: https://www.boston.com/news/local-news/2015/04/13/im-gonna-tell-you-a-big-fat-story-baby

But hey, these days that water's pretty damned clean!  
Excellent! I've loved and worshipped this gem since I had it on 8-Track. I guess that to make the tracks equal in length, the song included TWO of those jaw-dropping 12-bar solos; Bonus! In the summer of '79, with a buddy or two, a case of beer, a Frisbee full of primo weed, and with this tape stuck in the AudioVox in the dashboard of my mean, green, thirsty and thrumming '70 Cutlass, the nights seemed to go on forever and the world was a very good place. With a six-pack of exquisite Ballast Point Watermelon Dorado Double IPAs, surrounded by jars full of Golden Goat, Alien Blue, and Blueberry Smash, my roll-top desk now seems as good a vehicle!
 Stefan_Lutz wrote:
Thanks Bill great album cover. 

 
Yeah Bill excellent handiwork man! (so you sign them all Vargas huh? all sexy and cool dude ; )  Great song!


Elliot Easton is probably one of the rock world's most underrated guitarist...soloists.
perfect!
 kcar wrote:


Thank you, Goldsmiths for playing "Roadrunner", the unofficial state song of MA.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgRYncR1Nog

 
I always thought it was "Dirty Water", or is that one for Boston ONLY!
Ok, ok, she's a lot like me...I get it....wow so repetitive...
Thanks Bill great album cover. 
gotta love the Cars. My fav band in grade 8 and 9, and beyond still.
 Marr wrote:


Oddly enough, Jerry Harrison of the TH's and David Robinson of the Cars were in a band together (Jonathan Richman's Modern Lovers) before moving on.

 
I thought everyone knew that.
 ThePoose wrote:
Bang a Gong!

 
Get it on!
That guitar solo just RIPS IT!  I mean, WOW! I like how it goes way out along the edge of things at light-speed and then seamlessly turns back into the song again, and after all these years, I still never want it to end...timeless brilliance and verve from creative genius at its peak (and from a time in my life when I sure needed and appreciated it) — thanks, RP! I had a T-shirt with the cover printed on it.
 Marr wrote:


Oddly enough, Jerry Harrison of the TH's and David Robinson of the Cars were in a band together (Jonathan Richmond's Modern Lovers) before moving on.

 
Ho-lee Crap! Had no idea. You speakum truth: 

Picture of members of The Modern Lovers 

Did not know that Richman grew up in Natick, MA--my hometown's right next door.

Thank you, Goldsmiths for playing "Roadrunner", the unofficial state song of MA.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgRYncR1Nog
 ccjemmett wrote:

Editors notes: a bit surprising
                      borrowed by Mr Bolan
 
 
Glad I saw this. Having played the song so many times I have come to think of the riff as a kind of boogie variation much like early rock aka Chuck Berry and up through the Stones. While it certainly is from that tradition I was very glib in commenting that he probably borrowed the riff. It really does sound far to unique for me to be saying that. Retracted.
Still like that song. Good Pop-music!
 ccjemmett wrote:

Yes! A by surprising Ric wasn't called more harshly on that riff but then  I'm sure it was borrowed from somewhere Mr Bolan as well.
 
Editors notes: a bit surprising
                      borrowed by Mr Bolan
 
 ThePoose wrote:
Bang a Gong!

 
Yes! A by surprising Ric wasn't called more harshly on that riff but then  I'm sure it was borrowed from somewhere Mr Bolan as well.
Bang a Gong!
Thank you for playing The Cars, one of my favorite bands in high school. {#Bananasplit}
Killer guitar solo!{#Guitarist}
Back seat of a car......
 BLADERUNNER wrote:
I bought this album when it first came out, and, to this day, i still look at the Vargas girl before i notice the car.
 
Car??
At my first rock concert (Trooper, Vancouver BC) this album was played while waiting for the show. I was hooked and bought it next day.
Husband and I still love the album.
 DaveInVA wrote:
Though I never liked the Talking Heads I've always liked the Cars and this is one of my favs..{#Music}
 
Interesting.  This is catchy.  Never became fond of the Talking Heads.  
Music Hall, 1979, Boston...
I'm shy to admit that I like it!
Mrs Poacher collects original (well, originally printed) Vargas images like on the cover. I approve and encourage as much as I am able. 
 BLADERUNNER wrote:
I bought this album when it first came out, and, to this day, i still look at the Vargas girl before i notice the car.  i hope i never grow up!!
 



I can still remember how it felt to take the album out of the sleave and put it on the turntable. For you see, I was 6 and it was the first time I was allowd to play a record by myself. I also think it was the first time I consciously knew I liked girls.
 BLADERUNNER wrote:
I bought this album when it first came out, and, to this day, i still look at the Vargas girl before i notice the car.  i hope i never grow up!!
 
there's a car in the picture?
 BLADERUNNER wrote:
I bought this album when it first came out, and, to this day, i still look at the Vargas girl before i notice the car.  i hope i never grow up!!
 

I've owned this album since it came out....I don't think I EVER saw the car. Who knew?!
timeless...
I bought this album when it first came out, and, to this day, i still look at the Vargas girl before i notice the car.  i hope i never grow up!!
i do like some songs from them. this one does NOT belong to that list :-(
there is a thin line between "fun" and "just tooo much", which is definitively crossed here
 Jelani wrote:
Hmmm...though I love this band and album and it's cover artist, I never really took note of the artwork.
That seems to be a '72 Ferrari 365 GTC4 that she's on the hood of. I can't believe anyone would let that happen.
It is a cool thing though. Ferrari's are the best.
 
When this album came out the 365 GTC4 was a nice used car, not like the stupid speculator money that they cost now.

I must be old, looked at the car first on the cover. 
one of the first concerts I attended...
these guys were UNEXPECTEDLY loud ... {#Lol}
I agree...this song, this tape, this band was playing in my '70 Cutlass almost every day the entire summer of '79! Rippingly good music!

I am also happy to attest that their new album shows they can and do still Move Like This!  Put it on and turn it way up!  How invigorating it feels to be jamming to The Cars again like a crazed teen who can't get enough!  YEAH!

 
Synth80s wrote:
One of my favorite tunes from the era.  A good mix of the herky jerky rock of late '70s Cars with a nod to where they were headed on more synth-oriented albums in the '80s.

The original Cars, minus Ben Orr sadly, are coming back with a new album this Spring called "Move Like This."  The release date is May 5, 2011 and song samples are available on The Cars' Facebook page.  They sound damned good!!!


 Jelani wrote:
Hmmm...though I love this band and album and it's cover artist, I never really took note of the artwork.
That seems to be a '72 Ferrari 365 GTC4 that she's on the hood of. I can't believe anyone would let that happen.
It is a cool thing though. Ferrari's are the best.

 
LOL...this album came out while I was in college and this is the first time I have noticed the car.  Funny how age changes perceptions.  On second though, I am scaring myself.

One of my favorite tunes from the era.  A good mix of the herky jerky rock of late '70s Cars with a nod to where they were headed on more synth-oriented albums in the '80s.

The original Cars, minus Ben Orr sadly, are coming back with a new album this Spring called "Move Like This."  The release date is May 5, 2011 and song samples are available on The Cars' Facebook page.  They sound damned good!!!


 Hannio wrote:


There's a car?
 

{#Lol}
 Jelani wrote:
Hmmm...though I love this band and album and it's cover artist, I never really took note of the artwork.
That seems to be a '72 Ferrari 365 GTC4 that she's on the hood of. I can't believe anyone would let that happen.
It is a cool thing though. Ferrari's are the best.

 

There's a car?
Hmmm...though I love this band and album and it's cover artist, I never really took note of the artwork.
That seems to be a '72 Ferrari 365 GTC4 that she's on the hood of. I can't believe anyone would let that happen.
It is a cool thing though. Ferrari's are the best.

Great song from their best album! 8 -> 9!
Ric Ocasek's  'Time Bomb' or 'Out of Control' should make the rotation sometime..great music     {#Flamed}I'd upload it, but I only own it on vinyl..

From a time when album artwork served a purpose. I remember picking up "The Wall" just because of the cover. Little did I know what was inside would change my life. This cover could easily serve more than one purpose. {#Bananajam}
Love it!
Fantastic Song!  Always fun to play live with a band if you could pull it off, just have each additional band member adding their vocals as the song builds near the end and CRANK the volume up.  Of course we always struggled with how to end it.  Can't really do the fade out ending live...
Oh...  Hell... Yes...
i remember thinking "so the girl on the cover is 'dangerous type' huh?'"
 (little did I know, then, that a small-chested, freckle-faced girl could be one....)


 nagsheadlocal wrote:

Heh - I'm with you on that. While I liked the Heads I never got the ecstatic nature of their critical reviews - altho a few critics have since downgraded their original scores.

The Cars were a great little band and Elliott Easton was an under-rated guitarist.
 
You want to check out The New Cars, then.

Todd Rundgren, Elliott Easton, Prairie Prince, Kasim Sulton, and Greg Hawkes. GREAT stuff.
Nice song and album from my youth.  I remember staring at the cover for an inordinate amount of time.
Though I never liked the Talking Heads I've always liked the Cars and this is one of my favs..{#Music}
MEOW !!

 
Tim_in_N_FL wrote:

Pussy Galore, I presume? {#Ask}
 


"geranium lover"? Nurse! My ear drops, please!
 illinimax wrote:
What a killer guitar solo. Nicely done Mr. Easton.
 
One of the unsung heroes of 80's rock. {#High-five}
 jbunniii wrote:
Although it would have been desperately "uncool" to say so in the 1980s, the Cars were far better than the Talking Heads.  Most of their stuff has aged better, too.  Candy-O still sounds fresh today.
 
Maybe the circles I ran with at the time but the Cars always topped the Talking Heads.  I also agree with somebody below who said they have held up much better over the years.

 jbunniii wrote:
Although it would have been desperately "uncool" to say so in the 1980s, the Cars were far better than the Talking Heads.  Most of their stuff has aged better, too.  Candy-O still sounds fresh today.
 

Oddly enough, Jerry Harrison of the TH's and David Robinson of the Cars were in a band together (Jonathan Richmond's Modern Lovers) before moving on.
Killer drums and bells too; one of my all time Cars favs no doubt!{#Drummer}
What a killer guitar solo. Nicely done Mr. Easton.


 Stefen wrote:



 
Pussy Galore, I presume? {#Ask}


fantastic! 
is it really 30 years old?  wow...
 jbunniii wrote:
Although it would have been desperately "uncool" to say so in the 1980s, the Cars were far better than the Talking Heads.  Most of their stuff has aged better, too.  Candy-O still sounds fresh today.
 
Heh - I'm with you on that. While I liked the Heads I never got the ecstatic nature of their critical reviews - altho a few critics have since downgraded their original scores.

The Cars were a great little band and Elliott Easton was an under-rated guitarist.

 jbunniii wrote:
Although it would have been desperately "uncool" to say so in the 1980s, the Cars were far better than the Talking Heads.  Most of their stuff has aged better, too.  Candy-O still sounds fresh today.
 
I like this too but I wouldn't eat bread at your house.
 jbunniii wrote:
Although it would have been desperately "uncool" to say so in the 1980s, the Cars were far better than the Talking Heads.  Most of their stuff has aged better, too.  Candy-O still sounds fresh today.
 
I agree. I generally don't like David Head/Talking Byrnes but the Cars I like..

One of the first pieces of vinyl I ever owned...
Thanks again, Bill.
Although it would have been desperately "uncool" to say so in the 1980s, the Cars were far better than the Talking Heads.  Most of their stuff has aged better, too.  Candy-O still sounds fresh today.



 Bazooka wrote:
"The album cover was painted by artist Alberto Vargas, known for his paintings of pin-up girls that appeared in Esquire and Playboy magazines in the 1940s and 1960s. The idea to hire Vargas came from drummer David Robinson, the band's artistic director and a collector of pin-ups. The 83-year-old Vargas had retired several years earlier but was persuaded to take the assignment by his niece, who was a fan of The Cars. The painting, depicting a girl sprawled across the hood of a car, was based on a photo shoot directed by Robinson at a Ferrari dealership. The model, coincidentally named Candy, briefly dated Robinson afterward."

Wiki 
 
Vargas had the touch.

Talk about old school!

How about "Moving in Stereo" for the next play-set?
The first, and only song so far from this album to be played on RP.
More, please.


One of those rare, great second albums. IMO, better than their first.

Saw them twice, dunno why I went back. Lousy live band.

Love the bells at the end! No, not cowbell though!{#Lol}
I'm a sucker for a creative fade on a record.

Hats off to the Cars and Roy Thomas Baker for this one.

"The album cover was painted by artist Alberto Vargas, known for his paintings of pin-up girls that appeared in Esquire and Playboy magazines in the 1940s and 1960s. The idea to hire Vargas came from drummer David Robinson, the band's artistic director and a collector of pin-ups. The 83-year-old Vargas had retired several years earlier but was persuaded to take the assignment by his niece, who was a fan of The Cars. The painting, depicting a girl sprawled across the hood of a car, was based on a photo shoot directed by Robinson at a Ferrari dealership. The model, coincidentally named Candy, briefly dated Robinson afterward."

Wiki 
Outstanding! Bill, How about "all mixed up".
We wore the grooves out on this one!



This really is a great album...


 Grizzly_old_man wrote:

You folks who don't seem to like this tune much really need a good pair of headphones and listen to the drumming, it rolls around your head in a way that I find pleasing.


 
OH..... thanks.... I hear that now! Nice one, thx for the revelation.

6 for the music and one extra for the album cover.... I used to see it a lot in my dreams as a young lad, after buying this on vinyl.... {#Shhh}

Being from Boston, I spent a lot of years being sick of the Cars, but now I can say that it is good to hear them.


Some 30 years ago, I used to confuse the Cars with the Talking Heads.
Not any more.
You're all I've got tonite....SAME SONG{#Naughty}
1979- in atlanta for a vacation..... many things going on then. atlanta itself was kinda in a police crackdown... but anyway i saw a candy-0 contest. the one closest to looking and posing like this album cover won the contest. it was probably one of the coolest things i saw at the age of 17.

The Cars' earlier releases: their self-titled LP, Candy-O and Panorama, are pretty good.
 

"..can I bring you out in the light?
My curiosity's got me tonight!"

Thanks, Bill.

9. And all y'all New Wave haters can just go listen to your Journey/Foreigner/Styx records. {#Nyah}



You folks who don't seem to like this tune much really need a good pair of headphones and listen to the drumming, it rolls around your head in a way that I find pleasing.


talking heads light
This band, plus Gary Newman (Cars), ushered in New Wave. 2 brilliant albums (and by "brilliant" I mean in a 1978/9 high school sort of way). Their sound is fairly consistent (not as bad as Boston), but they did seem to break new ground.
This song makes me wonder what other songs I have forgotten about. There must be plenty of better songs hiding in my mind beneath a thick layer of dust.
Tree_Hugger wrote:
Candy-o yeah!
my favorite cars song and album is candy-o. and, i think the cars with wang chung opening was my first or second concert experience ever! that may be why i like them so much, until Heartbeat City, that is.
Other than the song "Drive" I'm only familiar with their first album, which I liked a lot at the time and still get a kick out hearing songs from it now and then. The main impetus for my comment tho' is that my bro-in-law was in a band in P.S. ON. that covered The Knack, Van Halen and many others... they did so many Cars songs that we started calling them the Trucks... hehe.
Candy-o yeah!
I agree entirely...So much fun fun FUN !!robco1 wrote:
Outstanding blast from the past!
Outstanding blast from the past!
1wolfy wrote:
I thought they sounded very similiar. I loved this band in their day. I saw them in concert front row center 3 times. Miss you Benjamin :angel:
All of the old Demo tapes I have heard of them were mostly Ben singing. I think that was what really got them on the label. His voice, to me anyway, just sounds better tuned and less harsh. Moving in Stereo was one of my earliest, if not the earliest, notice of well done music. I've since been able to acknowledge most well made music, even if I hate said music (Prince, as a case in point, well made. . . utter tripe) and it is mostly due to listening to the Cars on an 8 track in the school bus. It was the only tape that would not get eaten by the player. Kiss had been strong for several years by then, and I had started listening to the Pop40 radio by then, but I really didn't notice "Good" musicianship until several years after those cold winters spent riding that bus (79-80 and 80-81 were the years I rode the bus, until my leg broke and I had to ride again in jan and feb 83. . . and that same Cars 8 track was being played in the bus), but looking back now, I realize the Cars are responsible for me noticing music and enjoying it such that a station like RP would be my choice. So as I finish this, Pink Floyd is on. I need to thank Ben and the boys for bringing music to my mind so I can really enjoy Shine On You Crazy Diamond.
Wretched. Just friggin' wretched!
meh. five, and then some...
strick wrote:
I despise the Cars.
Agreed. I logged on just to give this tune a 2.
I thought they sounded very similiar. I loved this band in their day. I saw them in concert front row center 3 times. Miss you Benjamin :angel: DoctorHooey wrote:
I TOTALLY agree!!!
one of my fave tunes from that period, thanks
I despise the Cars.
jpfueler wrote:
always preferred Ben Orr's singing to Rick's. Ben's passing was a tragedy.
I TOTALLY agree!!!
We just brought Candy O along with us on our weekend road trip to Baltimore. Love the album, and this song is a highlight of what was "side 2" of the LP. Killer guitar solo by Elliott Easton!
And you know they really don't sound very stale or old, this has held up pretty damn well. Some of the synth work sounds a bit dated, but otherwise its still excellent pop.
always preferred Ben Orr's singing to Rick's. Ben's passing was a tragedy.
Kicks
They became such a cliche that people tend to forget what an outrageously cool pop band they were. With a brand new sound. This is a tremendous album.
Haven't heard this one in a while. :music:
Anybody else out there miss the ripping second solo run that only the 8-track version of this had? Yeah, that was hot... Elliot Easton, pioneer of the breakaway 12-bar screaming guitar solo. Like this, the way it brings back memories, the album cover, had it on a T-shirt, God them were the days...and I'm happy to say, still are, in many ways, thank God for that!
Perhaps the Cars will not go down in history as a band with major, lasting, widespread influence, but they sure put out a lot of fun and catchy tunes
rtkmusic wrote:
..but it still worked :shifty:
I think you may have meant to add "and it still WORKS!"
Mugro wrote:
There was a time when I thought that the Cars were cool. What was I thinking??
Actually most of their early stuff was very good. They just got more poppy as they went along.
There was a time when I thought that the Cars were cool. What was I thinking??