Cars

(Boston, Massachusetts 76 – 88)

 

Official Pre-79 Releases:

Milkwood

How’s the weather LP (Paramount, PAS 6046) released 72
Tracks: With You With Me, Dream Trader, Lincoln Park, Bring Me Back, Timetrain Wonderwheel, Makeshift Pawn, The Light Won’t Burn, Along The Way, We’ve Been All Through, Winter Song

Cars

Just What I needed 7″ (Elektra, E-45491) recorded Feb 78, released May 78
Tracks: Just What I needed, I’m In Touch With Your World

Just What I Needed 7″ promo (Elektra, E-45491) released May 78
Tracks: Just What I Needed (mono), Just What I Needed (stereo)

The Cars LP (Elektra, 6E-135) recorded Feb 78, released Jun 78
Tracks: Good Times Roll, My Best Friend’s Girl, Just What I Needed, I’m In Touch With Your World, Don’t Cha Stop, You’re All I’ve Got Tonight, Bye Bye Love, Moving In Stereo, All Mixed Up

My best friend’s girl 7″ (Elektra, E-45537) released Oct 78
Tracks: My best friend’s girl, Don’t cha stop

My best friend’s girl 7″ (Elektra, K-12301) released Oct 78, UK
Tracks: My best friend’s girl, Moving in stereo

My best friend’s girl 7″ promo (Elektra, E-45537) released Oct 78
Tracks: My best friend’s girl (mono), My best friend’s girl (stereo)

 

Other Pre-79 Recordings;

Cap’n Swing

Demos recorded 13-7-76
Tracks: Bye Bye Love, Strawberry Moonlight, Jezebel, Goes On Sleeping, Twilight Superman, You’re Always Brighter, City Lights, Dream Trader, You Can Have ’em, Come Back Down, Crazy Rock ‘n’ Roll

Cars

Demo recorded 77?
Tracks: You Can Have ’em, Lover And A Holiday, Come Back Down, Strawberry Moonlight, Jezebel, Come Back Down #2

Boston University 21-3-77
Tracks: Bye bye love, I don’t want to, I believe this day, Don’t you stop, Come back down, Just What I Needed, I’m In Touch With Your World, Cool Fool, Strawberry Moonlight, Emcee

Rat Club (Rathskellar), Boston Apr 77
Tracks: Just What I Needed, I’m In Touch With Your World, Strawberry Moonlight, Lover And A Holiday, Bye Bye Love, Wake Me Up, Cool Fool, Looking To See You, Don’t Cha Stop, You’re All I’ve Got Tonight

Demo recorded Apr 77 Northern Recording Studio, Maynard
Tracks: Just what I needed, I’m in touch with your world, Don’t cha stop, You’re all I’ve got tonight, Wake me up

Demo recorded Jun 77 Music Designers, Boston
Tracks: My best friends girl, Bye bye love, All mixed up, Take what you want, You just can’t push me. Hotel Queenie

Demo recorded summer 77 Ric’s
Tracks: Moving in stereo

The Club, Cambridge, Massachusetts 24-9-77
Tracks: Just what i needed, My best friend’s girl

Music Hall, Boston 16-10-77
Tracks: All mixed up

Paradise Theatre, Boston 1-7-78
Tracks: (let the) good times roll, Bye bye love, Night spots, My best friend’s girl, Moving in stereo, I’m in touch with your world, They won’t see you, Take what you want, You’re all I’ve got, Just what I needed, Don’t cha stop, Hotel queenie

Agora Ballroom, Cleveland 18-7-78
Tracks: Good Times Roll, Bye Bye Love, Nightspots, I’m In Touch With Your World, My Best Friend’s Girl, Moving In Stereo, All Mixed Up, Take What You Want, Don’t Cha Stop, You’re All I’ve Got Tonight, Just What I Needed, Hotel Queenie, Something Else

Cow Palace, Daly City 20-8-78
Tracks: Bye Bye Love, Night Spots, My Best Friend’s Girl, Moving In Stereo, All Mixed Up, Don’t Cha Stop, Good Times Roll, I’m in Touch With Your World, You’re All I’ve Got Tonight, Just What I Needed, Take What You Want, When Did You Change

El Mocambo, Toronto 14-9-78
Tracks: Good Times Roll, Bye Bye Love, Nightspots, Best Friend’s Girl, Moving In Stereo, Since I Held You, Take What You Want, They Won’t See You, Don’t Cha Stop, Just What I Needed, Candy-O, You’re All I ‘ve Got Tonight

Midnight Special, Burbank 15-9-78
Tracks: Just What I Needed, My Best Friend’s Girl

Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo 15-9-78
Tracks: Good Times Roll, Night Spots, Bye Bye Love, My Best Friend’s Girl, Moving In Stereo, I’m in Touch With Your World, Don’t Cha Stop, Since I Held You, Just What I Needed, You’re All I’ve Got Tonight

Old Waldorf, San Francisco 19-9-78
Tracks: Good times roll, Bye bye love, Night spots, I’m in touch with your world, My best friend’s girl, Moving in stereo, All mixed up, Don’t cha stop, You’re all I’ve got, Just what I needed, Take what you want, When did you change

Palladium, New York 22-9-78
Tracks: intro, Good times roll, Bye bye love, Night spots, My best friend’s girl, Moving in stereo, Since I held you, Just what I needed, Gimme some slack, Candy-o, Don’t cha stop, You’re all I’ve got, Misfit kid

Alumnae Hall, Brown University, Providence 23-9-78
Tracks: Intro, Good Times Roll, Bye Bye Love, Night Spots, My Best Friend’s Girl, Moving In Stereo, Candy-O, Since I Held You, Take What You Want, Don’t Cha Stop, Just What I Needed, Hotel Queenie, You’re All I’ve Got Tonight, They Won’t See You

Demo recorded 2-10-78 Northern Recording Studio, Maynard
Tracks: They won’t see you

Coliseum Arena, Oakland 19-10-78
Tracks: Good Times Roll, Bye Bye Love, Night Spots, My Best Friend’s Girl, Moving In Stereo, Candy-O, You’re All I’ve Got Tonight, Don’t Cha Stop, Just What I Needed, When Did You Change?

Paradise Theatre, Boston 13-11-78
Tracks: Good times roll, Bye bye love, Night spots, Best friend’s girl, Take me tonight, They won’t see you, You’re all I’ve got, Just what I needed, Don’t cha stop, Hotel queenie

Theatre de l’Empire, Paris 27-11-78
Tracks: Good times roll, Bye bye love, My best friend’s girl, Moving in stereo, All mixed up, You’re all I’ve got, Just what I needed

University of Sussex 22-11-78 “BBC Rock Goes To College”
Tracks: Just what I needed, Good times roll, I’m in touch with your world, My best friend’s girl, Moving in stereo, All mixed up, Night spots, Bye bye love, Don’t cha stop, You’re all I’ve got

 

Further Information;

http://thecars.org/
http://thecarsunlocked.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Cars

Line ups:

Milkwood
72 – 74
Ric Ocasek (gtr/voc)
Benjamin Orr (bass/voc)
Jas Goodkind (gtr)
Greg Hawkes (sax)
David Humphries (congas)
Bob Henderson (drms)
Jeff Lass (keyb)

Richard & the Rabbits
75 – 76
Ric Ocasek (gtr/voc)
Benjamin Orr (bass/voc)
Greg Hawkes (keyb)

Ocasek & Orr
Ric Ocasek (gtr/voc)
Benjamin Orr (gtr/voc)

Cap’n Swing
76
Ric Ocasek (voc/gtr)
Benjamin Orr (voc)
Elliot Easton (gtr)
Glenn Evans (drms)
Todd Roberto (bass)
Danny Schliftlin (keyb)

Cars
76 – 88
Ric Ocasek (voc/gtr)
Benjamin Orr (voc/bass)
Elliot Easton (gtr)
Greg Hawkes (keyb/sax)
David Robinson (drms)

Greg Hawkes also in Orphan, Martin Mull & His Fabulous Furniture
David Robinson is ex-Modern Lovers, DMZ, Pop!

 

Gigography (up to end 78, Incomplete)
Cap’n Swing
16/08/76 Paul’s Mall, Boston
26/09/76 Rat, Boston
Cars
31/12/76 Air Force Base, New Hampshire (1st gig)
07/02/77 Rat, Boston
08/02/77 Rat, Boston
09/02/77 Rat, Boston
19/02/77 Rat, Boston
20/02/77 Rat, Boston
21/03/77 Rat, Boston (?)
21/03/77 Boston University
23/03/77 Rat, Boston
24/03/77 Rat, Boston
25/03/77 Rat, Boston
26/03/77 Rat, Boston
28/04/77 Rat, Boston
29/04/77 Rat, Boston
30/04/77 Rat, Boston
01/05/77 Rat, Boston
19/05/77 Rat, Boston
20/05/77 Rat, Boston
21/05/77 Rat, Boston
22/05/77 Rat, Boston
24/06/77 Palace Theatre, Waterbury
25/06/77 Cape Cod Coliseum, South Yarmouth
10/08/77 Rat, Boston
11/08/77 Rat, Boston
12/08/77 Rat, Boston
13/08/77 Rat, Boston
08/09/77 Rat, Boston
09/09/77 Rat, Boston
10/09/77 Rat, Boston
24/09/77 The Club, Cambridge, MA
16/10/77 Music Hall, Boston
29/10/77 Masque, Hollywood, Los Angeles
04/11/77 Rat, Boston
05/11/77 Rat, Boston
06/11/77 Rat, Boston
22/11/77 Paradise Rock Club, Boston
25/01/78 Paradise Rock Club, Boston
26/01/78 Paradise Rock Club, Boston
29/06/78 Shaboo Inn, Willimantic
30/06/78 Paradise Rock Club, Boston
01/07/78 Paradise Rock Club, Boston
02/07/78 Paradise Rock Club, Boston
16/07/78 Morris Stage, Morristown, NJ
18/07/78 Agora Ballroom, Cleveland
23/07/78 Civic Centre, Providence
30/07/78 Sports Arena, Toledo
05/08/78 Richfield Coliseum, Cleveland (?)
07/08/78 Bottom Line, New York
08/08/78 Civic Centre, Springfield, MA
14/08/78 Music Theatre, Royal Oak, MI
15/08/78 Music Theatre, Royal Oak, MI
17/08/78 Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood
18/08/78 Exposition & State Fair, Scacremento
19/08/78 Old Waldorf, San Francisco
20/08/78 Cow Palace, Daly City
24/08/78 Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica
26/08/78 Stadium, Cleveland
27/08/78 Edgewater Sports Park, Cleves, OH
02/09/78 Paradise Rock Club, Boston
08/09/78 Capital Centre, Landover
13/09/78 Community War Memorial, Rochester, NY
14/09/78 El Mocambo, Toronto
15/09/78 Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo
15/09/78 Midnight Special, Burbank
16/09/78 Veterans Memorial Coliseum, New Haven
19/09/78 Old Waldorf, San Francisco
22/09/78 Palladium, New York
23/09/78 Alumnae Hall, Brown University, Providence
04/10/78 Jefferson Civic Centre Coliseum, Birmingham, AL
07/10/78 Sportatorium, Hollywood
19/10/78 Almeda County Arena, Oakland
20/10/78 Furum, Inglewood
21/10/78 Furum, Inglewood
22/10/78 Sports Arena, San Diego
25/10/78 Selland Arena, Fresno
28/10/78 Northern University, Flagstaff
13/11/78 Paradise Rock Club, Boston
22/11/78 Sussex University, Brighton, UK
23/11/78 Lyceum, Strand, London, UK
27/11/78 Theatre de l’Empire, Paris, France
29/11/78 Musikladen, Bremen, Germany
01/12/78 Spectrum, Philadelphia
11/12/78 Boston Garden, Boston
28/12/78 Silverdome, Pontiac
(?) = noted online / in adverts, but some uncertainty with date, venue or whether band played
(*) = band originally booked but did not appear, gig cancelled and/or date moved
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