Sunday, August 31, 2014

"Since You're Gone" by The Cars

Song#:  0968
Date:  03/27/1982
Debut:  78
Peak:  41
Weeks:  9
Genre:  New Wave

Pop Bits:  The Cars had just reached the Top 10 for the first time with their single "Shake It Up" when this follow-up single was issued. It couldn't match the previous song's success and ended up peaking at the unfortunate #41 runner-up spot. It would be their last chart single for a couple years as the group took a bit of a hiatus after the success of the "Shake It Up" album.

ReduxReview:  This opening track from the "Shake It Up" album starts off sounding like something from the B-52's, but it quickly settles into a mid-tempo number that doesn't come close to matching the near-perfect pop of their previous single. It's not a bad song, but I wouldn't peg it as a single. Especially when there were better choices on the LP. It lumbers along with Ric Ocasek throwing in some Bob Dylan-esque vocal flourishes. Not one of my favorites from them.

ReduxRating:  4/10

Trivia:  There is quite a difference between the new wave pop/rock music of The Cars and hardcore punk, but the two sort of got married together in a way via Cars member Ric Ocasek. During The Cars' hiatus, he produced the first proper album release by the pioneering Washington D.C. punk/reggae band Bad Brains titled "Rock for Life."


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