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Gary Numan — Cars
Album: The Pleasure Principle
Avg rating:
7.1

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Total ratings: 1108









Released: 1979
Length: 3:39
Plays (last 30 days): 1
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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When this came out it was pretty vool but wore thin FAST. Much prefer songs like Are Friends Electric. His collaborations with Robert Palmer (I Dream of Wires and Style Kills) are outstanding.
Upped to 9
This album is great and has aged very well. M.E. is a total jam. 
Japan Four! :)
This will erase any earworm you may have had earlier.
 kcar wrote:
Here in my car
I feel safest of all
I can lock all my doors
It's the only way to live
In cars




(...trippin' on some baaad catnip ...)
 
That GIF is freakishly mesmerizing...
Here in my car
I feel safest of all
I can lock all my doors
It's the only way to live
In cars




(...trippin' on some baaad catnip ...)
The Fear Factory cover is really good too. 
Our favorite lonely Android. Brilliant and way, way ahead of his time and oh so influential. Sadly, although still in good voice, he has incorporated the worst of Dub Step and Industrial into his act rendering it an earsplitting catastrophe when seen live. 
See this guy LIVE if you get a chance.
Please, oh please play some more Gary Numan! He has so many more excellent songs in his catalog than just Cars. He's still making music even now!
Did Cars inspire The Cars? 
 Proclivities wrote:

Yes, there was great music in the '80s.  This is a good tune - even if it seems a little silly by today's standards.  By the way, most of the hairstyles and clothes of the 1960s and '70s were pretty silly as well, but no one here seems to want to admit or remember that.
 

 
If you remember the 60s it's because you weren't there.
{#Clap}{#Clap}{#Clap}{#Clap}{#Clap}
Holy hot tub time machine batman!
Yes! I wish I could blast this right now but I'm at work. I still have the 45 of this that I bought as a kid and still play it every once in a while.
 Proclivities wrote:

Yes, there was great music in the '80s.  This is a good tune - even if it seems a little silly by today's standards.  By the way, most of the hairstyles and clothes of the 1960s and '70s were pretty silly as well, but no one here seems to want to admit or remember that.
hippies kansas
 
Kansas ? Why Kansas??
 
Takes me back to memories of my freshman year in college.  We pledges made new lyrics for this song and sung them while working during hell week.
This song came out in 1979!
Back in the day, Vin Scelsa - WNEW in New York - played this song in a set which included Steve Forbert's "The Oil Song" and NRBQ's "Get That Gasoline".   I don't exactly remember the contemporaneous events that prompted this set, but I imagine that the price of gasoline was getting way out of hand - piercing the $1.00 per gallon mark.
 Patti wrote:
Ah - the '80's.  Bad hair, bad clothes, but great music all around.  I fell in love with electronic music then, along with my late husband, and continue to this day as I listen with my daugher. 
 
Yes, there was great music in the '80s.  This is a good tune - even if it seems a little silly by today's standards.  By the way, most of the hairstyles and clothes of the 1960s and '70s were pretty silly as well, but no one here seems to want to admit or remember that.
hippies kansas
Love this song. I still have it on 45 from when it came out.
 Easyrider wrote:
No expense spared on the album cover,then?
 



The album release date was 1979 .
Ah - the '80's.  Bad hair, bad clothes, but great music all around.  I fell in love with electronic music then, along with my late husband, and continue to this day as I listen with my daugher. 
No expense spared on the album cover,then?
I remember listening to this as a kid.  I always turned it up as loud as I could stand it.
How can you tell Monopoly is an old game?
There's a luxury tax and rich people go to jail.  -C&L 
I heard that Trent Reznor cites Gary Numan as an influence, and that Gary Numan cite's Trent as an influence, this is interesting isn't it? umm yes. Am I being a bore? Yes, yes I am. I'll shutup now. Oh look it's the 'pickups. playing Growing Old is Getting Old how appropriate.....
 redstorm wrote:

Pure guilty pleasure, sorta like a audio snickers bar
 
nothing guilty about it, it's just great
Love the blue eyeshadow and suit. Perhaps hard for some to understand how this kind of music was revolutionary for its time.
Cheesy?

Seriously - this song will last the ages ... how many snyth bands took birth after hearing Gary and the Tubeway Army. I can clearly remember hearing him for the first time from an LP my brother brought back from the UK to our little town in isolated British Columbia where all we heard on AM radio was "Clap for the Wolfman", "Snow Bird" and "Wreck of the Edmund's Fitzgerald".

This music is timeless to me... will always remember pulling out the album - dropping the Nad needle on it and cranking up the Sansui's way up for this ... 

There is a great rendition of this on YouTube with Nine Inch Nails with Gary ... simply amazing live performance actually :) 
love it! this is sooooo silly. soooo absolute nonsense and so absolut 100% eighties. purepurepurepure fun, nothing more, nothing less
Yes it's cheesy in the RP context. But as a 9-year-old, nothing could have felt better then lacing up new new roller skates for another Friday night at Interskate 91. No piece of music made me feel more bad-ass in the Spring '82.

Ho Hum
 iggam wrote:
If this came out today, you'd just call it Interpol
 
That's hilarious!

For some reason, I always thought this was Devo.
{#Motor}{#Dancingbanana}{#Cheers}
This song probably drives me nuts more than any other song I've heard on here.  I suppose it had it's place in it's time and all, but in this case I really could give a f*ck.  Just repititive and annoying.
 Droidac wrote:

The rating is at 6.9 - that's pretty darn close to "Quite Likeable". I'd say that speaks for itself!
 
I'd say it speaks to collective nostalgia for the early teen years of the reviewers. Upon reflection, my assessment of this tune only decreases my tolerance for it. Ratings alone do not define quality, probably in everyone's opinions, based on specific examples of dreck and crap that is elevated by pools of others.
If this came out today, you'd just call it Interpol
 On_The_Beach wrote:
Cheesy, disposable 80s Electro-Pop; not great, not terrible; it is what it is.
 
If only cars were the same!  See how far we've come........unrateable

 On_The_Beach wrote:
Cheesy, disposable 80s Electro-Pop; not great, not terrible; it is what it is.
 
I don't think so, 'cheesy', disposable, are you sure? I don't think you have you really thought about it have you, eh? come on admit it, you know I'm right don't you, deep down, come on, what do you think?, go on, what ga recon eh?

'79-'80 what a year.  This was a pioneering track and still has a unique quality that is instantly identifiable.
 jools wrote:
Great, classy and classic 80s track.
 
Stuff I listened to when I was in my teens: great the, Memory Lane now.

Hmmm.........I will allow it.....this time!{#Snooty}

this was the one of the first whole albums i bought. I like hearing this song every once in a while—missed it earlier today.
 bam23 wrote:
Why? This was no good when released and time has not been kind. Obviously, the majority of commenters do not agree, but there has never been anything about this piece that I liked. Oh well.
 
The rating is at 6.9 - that's pretty darn close to "Quite Likeable". I'd say that speaks for itself!

Why? This was no good when released and time has not been kind. Obviously, the majority of commenters do not agree, but there has never been anything about this piece that I liked. Oh well.
Cheesy, disposable 80s Electro-Pop; not great, not terrible; it is what it is.
Oh - sorry forgot to say that Are Friends Electric is tons better IMHO.
Great, classy and classic 80s track.  What is the problem?!!!!
 Proclivities wrote:
Your husband and mother-in-law were performing with Gary Numan on SNL and you had to stay home and watch it on TV?{#Eh}

 

{#Shifty}   That is classic!
 denmom wrote:
I like this song, but I'll forever associate it with watching him perform on SNL with my boyfriend (now husband) and his mother.  After watching him, she said "I think we've been had..."  I didn't agree, but it was a classic comment.
  Your husband and mother-in-law were performing with Gary Numan on SNL and you had to stay home and watch it on TV?{#Eh}

Oh those heady late 1970' and early 80's....
redstorm wrote:

Pure guilty pleasure, sorta like a audio snickers bar


Nothing to be guilty about. This is a seminal track, though judging by the comments not everyone "gets it".

you CAN'T be serious...
My memory of this is from going roller skating in the Midwest (US) in the early-ish 80s!

Pure guilty pleasure, sorta like a audio snickers bar
 cathenley wrote:
Where were you when this song came out? 

I was living in Seattle, worked for WEA distributing (music distribution).  He was considered new wave...
 

Thirteen years from retirement, which happens in 2 weeks, 2 days.  Yeah!  (I've heard better on RP)
 mgoldman wrote:
In the Likely event that I go to Hell, this will be the music that will playing 24x7.
 
We'll be waiting for you. hehe. {#Fire} {#Devil_pimp}  {#Fire}
I like this song, but I'll forever associate it with watching him perform on SNL with my boyfriend (now husband) and his mother.  After watching him, she said "I think we've been had..."  I didn't agree, but it was a classic comment.


A timeless classic.
This totally makes up for the crappy day I've been having!!!     {#Bananapiano}
I remember a friend of mine playing this tune on a toy keyboard back in the 80's...we were all playing D&D at the time. Hasn't aged well...

boring, boring, boring, boring...


I found a hard rock version of this that played very well.

It was a crunchy. Yeah.
 ginger wrote:
I still like it! I don't know why, but I do!
 

Cause it's got a good beat and you can dance to it.
 cathenley wrote:
Where were you when this song came out? 

I was living in Seattle, worked for WEA distributing (music distribution).  He was considered new wave...
 
I was the soundman for a new wave band in Boise. . . we all liked this song, but Gary never caught on with us as an influence. . .


 cathenley wrote:
Where were you when this song came out? 

I was living in Seattle, worked for WEA distributing (music distribution).  He was considered new wave...
 

Just starting puberty and 7th grade. {#Jump}  Ahhhh....junior high dances.
 g-rod wrote:


I was just thinkin' that my own self!
 

It's been done - Fear Factory re-recorded this with Gary Numan some years ago. Quite good actually. Numan's early stuff is ground-breaking material and recognized as such. His later albums are actually very good - and does comprise a lot of guitar {#Dancingbanana_2}
Where were you when this song came out? 

I was living in Seattle, worked for WEA distributing (music distribution).  He was considered new wave...
 mgoldman wrote:
In the Likely event that I go to Hell, this will be the music that will playing 24x7.
 
YES hahaha!  This song is so annoying.  Very few songs do I just loath to hear and this is one. {#Crashcomp}
Always liked this tune. {#Propeller} One hit wonder eh?

In the Likely event that I go to Hell, this will be the music that will playing 24x7.
WOW! I haven't heard this song in years!
And I wish it will be many more before I hear it again.
Cool song. Its Kraftwerk as interpreted through LOW-era David Bowie.
mmmmmmmm....Vice City....
trekhead wrote:
Could Not Stand This when it came out. Now, ...funky kinda groove! :good-vibes: :bananajam:
:dancingbanana: :dancingbanana: :dancingbanana: Me Too :dancingbanana: :dancingbanana: :dancingbanana:
Keep an eye on that glowing pyramid Gary!
AphidA wrote:
I don't know of any remakes but, while probably not as good as the original, I'd love to hear all the keyboard parts transposed to multiple tracks of effects-laden electric guitar.
I was just thinkin' that my own self! :high-five:
superflyLD wrote:
Gary Numan is great live! Go see him if you ever have a chance.
closest i saw him live was on Saturday Night Live in 1980 or somewhere near that time. he was great.
Gary Numan is great live! Go see him if you ever have a chance.
Oh awesome! Thanks Bill!!!
I still like it! I don't know why, but I do!
couldnt have said it any better!!! jojopodo wrote:
A silly touchstone but a touchstone nonetheless: You're sitting at work stressing out about something that is ultimately meaningless but stressing out nonetheless. A song comes on, you smile, the shoulders relax, and you realize life's not so serious after all. That's a good song. I give it an 8.
Why do I like this song. Why Why Why Why!!!
Wow. I haven't heard this in years. Takes me back to 7th grade. :bananajumprope:
A silly touchstone but a touchstone nonetheless: You're sitting at work stressing out about something that is ultimately meaningless but stressing out nonetheless. A song comes on, you smile, the shoulders relax, and you realize life's not so serious after all. That's a good song. I give it an 8.
trekhead wrote:
Could Not Stand This when it came out. Now, ...funky kinda groove! :good-vibes: :bananajam:
Can relate to that. I bought a couple of the Numan records (vinyl, yes) when they came out, and used to have ambiguous feelings about them. A track or two at a time is ok. A whole album is just too much. Kinda nice to hear such non-mainstream oldies here. Notice too that Numan was a very early promotor of the metrosexual, er... "fashion", decades before the term was coined!
I don't know of any remakes but, while probably not as good as the original, I'd love to hear all the keyboard parts transposed to multiple tracks of effects-laden electric guitar.
Yeah, I know. Nostalgia is a dangerous drug. trekhead wrote:
Could Not Stand This when it came out. Now, ...funky kinda groove! :good-vibes: :bananajam:
Kraftwerk for kiddies. Still kinda kool, though.
redstorm11 wrote:
there is nothing wrong with pure mindless drivel. sorta like a snickers bar for your ears...... :devil_pimp:
Very well put. :dance:
Ah, the dial-tone-with-a-beat from the Great White North.
Could Not Stand This when it came out. Now, ...funky kinda groove! :good-vibes: :bananajam:
Makes me want to do the NumaNuman dance. A total 8.
He's still around.
fjordless wrote:
Why is the album cover from The Pleasure Principle when Gary Numan is listed as the album title? Gary Numan deserves credit for more than this song. "Down in the Park" is better, I think, and his new album, Jagged, is pretty good - it sounds like a less-processed, more mature Nine Inch Nails. But as usual, nostalgia rules all....
"Down in the Park" is a sweet tune.
Flying down the highway with all the windows down. Perfect. :sunny: coloradojohn wrote:
Hey, it was high school, and we were jamming to Foreigner and The Talking Heads and The Who and The Doors and of course, Pink Floyd, and this DJ came on and said, "Check it out, it sounds like Alice Cooper meets The Cars," and it sort of held us pressed back into the seats pretty well for awhile -- or was it the nitrous oxide Whip-Its and weed? :devil_pimp: :cheers: :hearteyes: :clap:
A nostlga-niner! :whipit:
I saw Gary Numan live recently and was VERY impressed.
there is nothing wrong with pure mindless drivel. sorta like a snickers bar for your ears...... :devil_pimp:
This song drives me crazy, but I like it for this reason. So here is my 5 :)
Ah, Robopop. Not one of the 80s best products. This isn't a bad example, but much of Numan's other stuff was turgid and tedious.
Wow! I wasn't expecting to hear this today :dancingbanana_2:
Just listen to those glorious old late 70s synths - just gorgeous! More Numan please
musikalia wrote:
Yeah baby, turn it up!! :dancingbanana: :dance: :bounce: :roflol: :dancingbanana:
Crank it! Just this once! :drummer:
Yeah baby, turn it up!! :dancingbanana: :dance: :bounce: :roflol: :dancingbanana:
Sorry, I don't normally post on the bad songs. But this is a bad song. Really bad. Pure crap. Please make it go away.
Old_Pat wrote:
Always hated this. Detested it every time it came on the radio. Went out of my way to convince everyone that I knew that it was utter crap. I was wrong. This is classic stuff. It kicked of a whole new way of doing things.
:clap:
Hey, I had this on a K-tel album back in the 80's. That was my radio paradise. Pick up an album and get a range of music. 8 for nostalgic reasons
Hey, it was high school, and we were jamming to Foreigner and The Talking Heads and The Who and The Doors and of course, Pink Floyd, and this DJ came on and said, "Check it out, it sounds like Alice Cooper meets The Cars," and it sort of held us pressed back into the seats pretty well for awhile -- or was it the nitrous oxide Whip-Its and weed? :devil_pimp: :cheers: :hearteyes: :clap:
Rank the following songs in order of pointless suckitude: 1) Cars - Gary Numann 2) Black Cars - Gino Vanelli 3) The Cars - Just What I Needed (correct answer from, LEAST to MOST sucky: 3, 1, 2) TJ
Why is the album cover from The Pleasure Principle when Gary Numan is listed as the album title? Gary Numan deserves credit for more than this song. "Down in the Park" is better, I think, and his new album, Jagged, is pretty good - it sounds like a less-processed, more mature Nine Inch Nails. But as usual, nostalgia rules all....
i think this is the first song on RP that I truly do NOT like. I can tolerate most stuff, but this song just doesn't do it for me. Didn't like it then - still don't like it now.
He's probably washing cars for a living these days. (relax, it's just a joke)
How about some MORE Gary Numan- like the stuff that was never played over here in America?
TobalMoreno wrote:
*picturing myself driving around in Vice City in my Yakuza sports-car, uh-oh, my hood is on fire, better roll out...*
haha. i was going to say that, you beat me to it.
reminds me of roller skating in the gym at my primary school. Ahhh the 80's... :dancingbanana: :dancingbanana_2: