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The Cars — Good Times Roll
Album: The Cars
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Released: 1978
Length: 3:44
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Let the good times roll
Let them knock you around
Let the good times roll
Let them make you a clown

Let them leave you up in the air
Let them brush your rock and roll hair
Let the good times roll
Let the good times roll-oll
Let the good times roll

Let the stories be told
Let them say what they want
Let the photos be old
Let them show what they want

Let them leave you up in the air
Let them brush your rock and roll hair
Let the good times roll
Let the good times roll-oll
Won't you let the good times roll

Good times roll

If the illusion is real
Let them give you a ride
If they got thunder appeal
Let them be on your side

Let them leave you up in the air
Let them brush your rock and roll hair
Let the good times roll
Won't you let the good times roll-oll
Let the good times roll

Let the good times roll
Won't you let the good times roll
Well, let the good times roll
Let 'em roll
Good times roll

Let the good times roll
Oh, let the good times roll
Ooh, let the good times roll
Let 'em roll
Good times roll

Well, let the good times roll
Let the good times roll
Well, let the good times roll
Good times roll
Let the good times roll
Let the good times roll
Let 'em roll
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The usual contrived dullness from The Cars.
They put about as much effort into these lyrics as they did naming the band.
 LPCity wrote:
I know this is one of their biggest, and most well know hits but I always thought it was one of the weakest cuts on the album.

Don't pick a depressing sounding song and call it "let the good times roll".

For the correct interpretation of good times rollin', see B.B. King.
 

They may not have thought this song was "depressing sounding" when they were writing it, or maybe it was some sort of some sort of contradictory irony they were going for.
This was so fresh and different when it came out. They had a lovely high "Quirk Factor" that has always kept them on my 80s play lists.
 h8rhater wrote:

Saw the Cars around 1983 (their prime ?!?!?) at the Richmond Coliseum and they were fantastic on stage.  They were nothing like robots - plenty of presence!!  They shook the place UP and let the Good Times Roll.

Wang Chung opened up for them.  Everybody had Fun that Night.
 
Ha, I caught that tour, that year too, with the Chung warming the stage for Ric and the boys. Great stuff.
Such a sad loss. RIP Rick.
RIP Ric.....Let the good times roll in the afterlife!  LLRP
 xray38 wrote:
Huge part of the soundtrack of my youth. Never met him. Never knew him at all, really.
But I knew his music well, and that's more than enough to miss him and feel true sorrow at his passing..
 

I remember this album being a standard at house parties during my teen years. 

Thank you for the good times, Ric. They did indeed roll in no small part to you!
Huge part of the soundtrack of my youth. Never met him. Never knew him at all, really.
But I knew his music well, and that's more than enough to miss him and feel true sorrow at his passing..
R. I. P. Mr. Ocasek. Now you can write perfect songs!
Interesting factoid I never knew - he produced Bad Brains "Rock for Light" album - a classic.
 Critty wrote:
RIP Ric. Soundtrack to many good times as a teen. 
 
Indeed. Farewell Ric.


RIP Ric. Soundtrack to many good times as a teen. 
RIP Ric Ocasek
RIP Ric Ocasek
RIP Ric
whoa, just read on twitter about Ric's passing and here you are 2 minutes later playing probably my favorite memory filled Cars song, thanks for that, Bill. Godspeed Ric, thanks for the good times. 
 h8rhater wrote:

Saw the Cars around 1983 (their prime ?!?!?) at the Richmond Coliseum and they were fantastic on stage.  They were nothing like robots - plenty of presence!!  They shook the place UP and let the Good Times Roll.

Wang Chung opened up for them.  Everybody had Fun that Night.
 

I saw them on that same tour when it came to Austin and have to agree...they were rockin'. 
 NewFee wrote:
A song can never really be separated from its context and when you first heard it; time, place, friends, scene. An irrational 9 from me...
 

The first song I ever listened to on a Sony Walkman.  I  thought technology had peaked.  An irrational 8 from me.  
 h8rhater wrote:

Saw the Cars around 1983 (their prime ?!?!?) at the Richmond Coliseum and they were fantastic on stage.  They were nothing like robots - plenty of presence!!  They shook the place UP and let the Good Times Roll.

Wang Chung opened up for them.  Everybody had Fun that Night.
 
Moral of the story then is that U2 was too good to be an opener for the Cars in 1980.  Good to know ;-) 
 Emwolb wrote:
Saw The Cars around 1980 (their prime ?!?!?) at the Beacon Theatre in NYC and they were like robots on the stage - no presence at all !!!

Thank God U2 opened for them - which could explain why The Cars seemed so dull since U2 blew the place away.


 
Saw the Cars around 1983 (their prime ?!?!?) at the Richmond Coliseum and they were fantastic on stage.  They were nothing like robots - plenty of presence!!  They shook the place UP and let the Good Times Roll.

Wang Chung opened up for them.  Everybody had Fun that Night.
Let them brush your rock and roll hair? Now, there's some good times!
 LPCity wrote:
Don't pick a depressing sounding song and call it "let the good times roll".
 
"Depressing" may be in the ear of the beholder.
A song can never really be separated from its context and when you first heard it; time, place, friends, scene. An irrational 9 from me... 1. Adding healthy does of raging hormones to above scene!
Amazing LP at the time, we used it for demoing good stereos. Unusually, almost all the tracks on the album got FM airplay.
A song can never really be separated from its context and when you first heard it; time, place, friends, scene. An irrational 9 from me...
 h8rhater wrote:

A reserved intensity should not be confused with a lack of emotion. This was a hallmark of New Wave at the time. 

I definitely did NOT have this experience at the Richmond Coliseum in the spring of '84 when they were touring Heartbeat City.  Fantastic show.  Great album.  Iconic band. 

...and if I was lucky enough to see the Cars (in their prime) and U2 (on the rise) on the same bill, I doubt I would have come away crying about either.  Half full/half empty, I guess.
 
h8....was the 1984 show in Richmond the one where Wang Chung opened?  I was at that one but can't remember the exact time period.  I do remember there were massive sound problems during the Wang Chung set...only heard about half of it.  The Cars were stiff but very good, once the once the sound was fixed !!
this song always seems WAY too slow and repetitive...other songs from the Cars are much better rock songs
I know this is one of their biggest, and most well know hits but I always thought it was one of the weakest cuts on the album.

Don't pick a depressing sounding song and call it "let the good times roll".

For the correct interpretation of good times rollin', see B.B. King.
Ahhh...Memories!
I saw the Cars live at the US Festival in 1982 thanks to Steve Wozniak.  They were notorious for being a little stiff and mechanical on stage (which they were) and therefore not putting on the best show.  But by today's standards, I would go to one of their shows in a heartbeat and love it more than almost any band touring today! 
Let em roll.
Hard to understand the lack of love for this. I remember when this came out, and groundbreaking it was.
Recommended: search YouTube for "The New Cars" and that brilliant brief period where Todd and Kasim and Prairie Prince joined the band. Saw them live (Blondie opening) and it was great stuff. Too bad there was a bus accident, Easton broke his arm, and the project fell apart. It was something.
And let this tune lead to PSD button.
 Emwolb wrote:

Saw The Cars around 1980 (their prime ?!?!?) at the Beacon Theatre in NYC and they were like robots on the stage - no presence at all !!!

Thank God U2 opened for them - which could explain why The Cars seemed so dull since U2 blew the place away.



 djengs wrote:

Yeah, I had the same experience. I think they just wanted to be a studio band. It seemed like they made some nasty compromise to get the record out. Not much else explains their total lack of emotion onstage, though I have to admit they sounded great. Just seemed like you may as well have skipped the concert and just played the album. At least you could imagine them getting into it, and not have them destroy the illusion in front of you.

Outstanding first effort, though. Great pop band there for a while.

 
A reserved intensity should not be confused with a lack of emotion. This was a hallmark of New Wave at the time. 

I definitely did NOT have this experience at the Richmond Coliseum in the spring of '84 when they were touring Heartbeat City.  Fantastic show.  Great album.  Iconic band. 

...and if I was lucky enough to see the Cars (in their prime) and U2 (on the rise) on the same bill, I doubt I would have come away crying about either.  Half full/half empty, I guess.
Let them brush your rock 'n roll hair.....
and roll they did! {#Dancingbanana_2}
Love it, love it...great sing along & groove
From this album on; a fan from day one.
 Emwolb wrote:

Saw The Cars around 1980 (their prime ?!?!?) at the Beacon Theatre in NYC and they were like robots on the stage - no presence at all !!!

Thank God U2 opened for them - which could explain why The Cars seemed so dull since U2 blew the place away.



 
Yeah, I had the same experience. I think they just wanted to be a studio band. It seemed like they made some nasty compromise to get the record out. Not much else explains their total lack of emotion onstage, though I have to admit they sounded great. Just seemed like you may as well have skipped the concert and just played the album. At least you could imagine them getting into it, and not have them destroy the illusion in front of you.

Outstanding first effort, though. Great pop band there for a while.

Saw The Cars around 1980 (their prime ?!?!?) at the Beacon Theatre in NYC and they were like robots on the stage - no presence at all !!!

Thank God U2 opened for them - which could explain why The Cars seemed so dull since U2 blew the place away.


 aspicer wrote:

Not in 1978?! Cutting edge, but you may be too young to know so you get a pass...

 
Exactly,,, has to be viewed in the context of time and place,,,
Dullsville- how anyone could be proud of lyrics like these, let alone the dull and intensely repetitive "music" that accompanies them. The contrast with the Little Feat track that came before is quite dramatic in terms of how to make music with real soul and funk.
it just drags
doesn't sound like anything is rolling let alone the good times 
good golly...
 ppopp wrote:
What a bunch of generic crap. 

 
Not in 1978?! Cutting edge, but you may be too young to know so you get a pass...
CLASSIC! 6.4 really??
I remember in the 90's or whenever the local KC oldies station would play the Police, but not the Cars and i gave them a small piece of my mind.  Nice rock-pop music from my youth and let's give Ric kudos for capturing Paulina Porizkova, a beauty and the beast story if ever there was one :)
What a bunch of generic crap. 
very positive synth-wankery-osity  : )
Yes indeed The Cars were THE band to play to show that you were hip...We had Cheap Trick, The Who, Talking Heads, BOC, Floyd, Stones, etc. but these guys showed us all how to get to The Next Level of Cool. Never failed: hop in the Cutlass, gas it up, get some beer, roll some doobies, park in The Park, toss the Frizz, and LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL! We knew, even then, this was The Best!
Let them brush your rock 'n' roll hair? Huh. I never heard that line before. Or I did and thought I was mishearing things. 
 ScottFromWyoming wrote:

I was nowhere near enough to the stage for the "show" to matter but it sounded great. I had a good time. I can see them being not very engaging but it's not as though they were lousy musicians. I remember a little too much synth-wankery from Greg Hawkes but that's a different thing.

 

My latest favorite term...synth-wankery.

I'll have to use it the next time I hear Howard Jones and/or The Thompson Twins playing on the crappy music track at my local sandwich shop.


This is what happens when you give a nerd a synthesizer.  ... and then they off'n marry a super-model.

I say give more nerds synthesizers!    Good times...
Good song, but tired, tired, tired.....
 jstrait wrote:
I'm loving Bills recent "CARS" flashback kick. Keep it up Bill!  Ahhh Reminds me of summer '86  Damn I'm getting old...{#Dancingbanana_2}
 
Reminds me of the Summer of '79

I'm loving Bills recent "CARS" flashback kick. Keep it up Bill!  Ahhh Reminds me of summer '86  Damn I'm getting old...{#Dancingbanana_2}
 squidish wrote:
Our high school wanted "Won't Get Fooled Again" by the Who as our class song. This was overruled, so we decided on Let the Good Times Roll. At the time it seemed like a poor second, but hearing this again tonight makes me realize what a cool song this is.
 
Wow, the exact same thing happened at my high school (I graduated in '79). It came down to a vote between "Won't Get Fooled" and "Good Times" and the Cars won out.

I actually wanted Todd Rundgren's "Just One Victory" but that was a bit too obscure. 
I'm giving this a 9 for all the great memories of high school this song brings back! My LP is so used I had to buy the CD. Good times....good times  {#Motor}
 On_The_Beach wrote:

I've seen hundreds of concerts and I'd agree that the Cars are one of the worst live acts I've ever seen.
 
I was nowhere near enough to the stage for the "show" to matter but it sounded great. I had a good time. I can see them being not very engaging but it's not as though they were lousy musicians. I remember a little too much synth-wankery from Greg Hawkes but that's a different thing.

dsmcd01 wrote:
Makes me wonder if we were at the same show together. If I didn't know better I'd have thought all their "Let the good times roll" was sarcastic in a Talking Heads way. Boring show. No life in it. No attempt at connecting to the audience. If you're still in Clevetown, say howdy for me. Been a while since I've been home. D.


Have to agree! Love their songs but one of the most lifeless bands ever. They were like cardboard cut-outs of themselves. No stage presence whatsoever! Could have stayed home with headphones on, fired up a J, and had better visuals in my head! {#Rolleyes}

 GolfRomeo wrote:
I remember being so disillusioned when I finally got to see them live in Cleveland on the Heartbreak City tour. Worst concert I ever saw. I drove 3 hours to the show, for the pleasure of 54 minutes of mechanical playing and utter boredom of the band. Rik Ocasak spoke 3 words: Hi, Good, Bye. No encore, and two of the band members left the stage before the final song was even over.
 
I've seen hundreds of concerts and I'd agree that the Cars are one of the worst live acts I've ever seen. Gotta love that first album, though.

Our high school wanted "Won't Get Fooled Again" by the Who as our class song. This was overruled, so we decided on Let the Good Times Roll. At the time it seemed like a poor second, but hearing this again tonight makes me realize what a cool song this is.


fantastic...


 h8rhater wrote:

It was the 70's.

 
The 80s were the 70s... with more cynicism and bigger hair. And parachute pants. {#Roflol}
 dsmcd01 wrote:
Makes me wonder if we were at the same show together. If I didn't know better I'd have thought all their "Let the good times roll" was sarcastic in a Talking Heads way. Boring show. No life in it. No attempt at connecting to the audience. If you're still in Clevetown, say howdy for me. Been a while since I've been home. D.

 
Maybe it's because they were in the "Mistake By the Lake" and it got them down. 

Saw them elsewhere on that tour and they were fantastic. 

 Mandible wrote:
wow, get a load of that chick on the album cover! Looks like that would never fly in 2009......I love the 80's.
 
It was the 70's.

 SweTex wrote:

Are you an Otologist, by any chance? Or is it just a general ear fetish?

 

None of the above...  I just like music that is good for the ears...  like this song...



 romeotuma wrote:


This song is soooo gooood for the ears...

 
Are you an Otologist, by any chance? Or is it just a general ear fetish?

1978. Cruising around the East Side of Detroit. Last days of bachelorhood. Good Times Rolled.
I don't care if u're young or old...
 romeotuma wrote:


This song is soooo gooood for the ears...

 
Yes, it's soooo cooool.  I looooove it.

 sici wrote:
Worked so well that Pauline Porizkova popped into his life and married him. (click here) I think Ric got the last word!!
  GolfRomeo wrote:
I got the last word, however. I placed a voodoo curse on Rik, condemning him to a life of eternal ugliness and musical purgatory. It seems to have worked.


Worked so well that Pauline Porizkova popped into his life and married him.

Can you please place a voodoo curse on me? Please? Please!!




 GolfRomeo wrote:
Fond memories of 8th grade summer at the pool. I remember being so disillusioned when I finally got to see them live in Cleveland on the Heartbreak City tour. Worst concert I ever saw. I drove 3 hours to the show, for the pleasure of 54 minutes of mechanical playing and utter boredom of the band. Rik Ocasak spoke 3 words: Hi, Good, Bye. No encore, and two of the band members left the stage before the final song was even over.
 
Same here. The Summit in Houston. Even gave them a second chance on the Panorama tour. Same result. Oh, well.



This song is soooo gooood for the ears...



Didn't he marry .... oh, forgetit.

The Bottom Line, NYC's famed club. One night only. Just when their first album came out, their first tour, God they rocked it that night, 300 people stood and cheered the entire show.
 dsmcd01 wrote:


Makes me wonder if we were at the same show together. If I didn't know better I'd have thought all their "Let the good times roll" was sarcastic in a Talking Heads way. Boring show. No life in it. No attempt at connecting to the audience.

If you're still in Clevetown, say howdy for me. Been a while since I've been home.

D.

 

That's odd. I saw them twice and both times they played their asses off. Both times they played long encores and Rick and the others talked out to each other and the audience. Rick and Elliot Easton ranged all over the stage during both shows and were obviously having fun. The last show sad to say was when their popularity was waining and the crowd was too small for the concert hall. As a result Rick told everyone to move come forward and I got to get as close as I've ever been in a large format venue to the stage. Ended up with a pick from Easton and had a brief conversation with Greg Hawkes.
I think we must have seen two different bands.
RP is letting the Good Times Roll! {#Clap}
Five-year hiatus?  Whoa.
Awesome!!! This was my very first "rock" album as a kid. I played it literally to death - the crackling and noise became louder than the music! That's what you get for having a $10 record player I guess...
wow, get a load of that chick on the album cover! Looks like that would never fly in 2009......I love the 80's.
GolfRomeo wrote:
Fond memories of 8th grade summer at the pool. I remember being so disillusioned when I finally got to see them live in Cleveland on the Heartbreak City tour. Worst concert I ever saw. I drove 3 hours to the show, for the pleasure of 54 minutes of mechanical playing and utter boredom of the band. Rik Ocasak spoke 3 words: Hi, Good, Bye. No encore, and two of the band members left the stage before the final song was even over. I got the last word, however. I placed a voodoo curse on Rik, condemning him to a life of eternal ugliness and musical purgatory. It seems to have worked.
Makes me wonder if we were at the same show together. If I didn't know better I'd have thought all their "Let the good times roll" was sarcastic in a Talking Heads way. Boring show. No life in it. No attempt at connecting to the audience. If you're still in Clevetown, say howdy for me. Been a while since I've been home. D.
kimmer wrote:
Good god I'm old! Yes, this is now getting way too much play as Clear Channel remembers the 80s. But if you were there, you'll remember that the Cars were one of the bands delivering music that was the alternative to disco for those of us trying to maintain our counter culture roots. And the fact that Rik was too cool to suck up to the crowd and let the music speak for itself was the way it should have been.
Exactly! Like commented below, they were 'new wave' cutting edge - sounded better than the disco on the radio at the time.
Dated, but not in an annoying way. Funny, those Queen-like back-up vocals.
GolfRomeo wrote:
Fond memories of 8th grade summer at the pool. I remember being so disillusioned when I finally got to see them live in Cleveland on the Heartbreak City tour. Worst concert I ever saw. I drove 3 hours to the show, for the pleasure of 54 minutes of mechanical playing and utter boredom of the band. Rik Ocasak spoke 3 words: Hi, Good, Bye. No encore, and two of the band members left the stage before the final song was even over. I got the last word, however. I placed a voodoo curse on Rik, condemning him to a life of eternal ugliness and musical purgatory. It seems to have worked.
Good god I'm old! Yes, this is now getting way too much play as Clear Channel remembers the 80s. But if you were there, you'll remember that the Cars were one of the bands delivering music that was the alternative to disco for those of us trying to maintain our counter culture roots. And the fact that Rik was too cool to suck up to the crowd and let the music speak for itself was the way it should have been.
GolfRomeo wrote:
I got the last word, however. I placed a voodoo curse on Rik, condemning him to a life of eternal ugliness and musical purgatory. It seems to have worked.
Worked so well that Pauline Porizkova popped into his life and married him. (click here) I think Ric got the last word!!
Overplayed 20 years ago.
This is one of the only bands I knew before they got famous... heard them play at the Blue Wall bar on the UMass campus in about 1977- no cover charge even! Everyone who heard them had a feeling they were going to go far. They were quite cutting edge back in the late 70s - very different sound. Although this song may have been played to death for some of you, remember what CRRRAP was on the radio way back when! Gotta appreciate the Cars for breaking out a little!
Fond memories of 8th grade summer at the pool. I remember being so disillusioned when I finally got to see them live in Cleveland on the Heartbreak City tour. Worst concert I ever saw. I drove 3 hours to the show, for the pleasure of 54 minutes of mechanical playing and utter boredom of the band. Rik Ocasak spoke 3 words: Hi, Good, Bye. No encore, and two of the band members left the stage before the final song was even over. I got the last word, however. I placed a voodoo curse on Rik, condemning him to a life of eternal ugliness and musical purgatory. It seems to have worked.
This tune really is done. Pass please.
Love the Cars! Thanks Bill G.!
Roverfish wrote:
Funny to see this one dug up out of the cobwebs after so many complained about hearing it too much before. SOSDD. Please lose this track permanently and find a deeper Cars cut to replace it with. Thanks!
This is Bill in his role as RnR Archeologist. I was never a Cars fan, so this period piece fills the musuem shelf as well as any by the Group. Just not too often, please!
Funny to see this one dug up out of the cobwebs after so many complained about hearing it too much before. SOSDD. Please lose this track permanently and find a deeper Cars cut to replace it with. Thanks!
When I was in high school,back home in Michigan, This 8 track (egad) was the only one that would play in the school bus radio....it was played everyday. and was started at the sametime I guess because when This came on the first time in the trip to school we were near the pickup of one of the prettiest girls in school...the second time in the trip it was time to get off the bus.... It wouldnot surprise me to go back there and find that bus with that 8 track welded in place.... We tried to put in a Kiss and a Frampton comes Alive but it refused to play them (it ate the Kiss).
RRYB Syndrome...no more please!
Again, because of the amount of times i\'ve heard this one, i have to give it a \"Ho-Hum\" rating.
Originally Posted by gypsy222: I just can't take this one anymore - I have heard it TOO many times... ugh.
i agree.
I just can\'t take this one anymore - I have heard it TOO many times... ugh.
how about playing \"Candy 0\" or something along that line?