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The Cars were at the forefront in merging 1970s guitar-oriented rock with the new synth-oriented pop that was then becoming popular and which would flower in the early 1980s.
The Cars started fresh with their debut album The Cars which went on to go platinum in late 1978. The Cars' debut album was called a "genuine rock masterpiece" by Allmusic. A more experimental album, Panorama, was released in 1980, charting only one Top 40 hit with "Touch and Go". Shake It Up spawned a top 10 single with the title track, and included another hit "Since Youíre Gone".
The Cars, circa 1978. Elliot Easton, David Robinson, Benjamin Orr, Ric Ocasek and Greg Hawkes (Photo by Chris Walter/WireImage) More Photos
They released their most successful album, I, in 1984. The first single, "You Might Think", helped The Cars win Video of the Year at the first MTV Video Music Awards. Other hit singles from the album included "Magic", "Hello Again", and "Why Canít I Have You". Their most successful single, "Drive", gained particular notability when it was used in a video of the Ethiopian famine prepared by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and introduced by David Bowie at the 1985 Live Aid concert at Wembley Stadium in London.
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