One-Hit-Wonder Gary Numan: Cars

I was viewing some of the great videos that Scott has discovered lately and one really caught my attention, a one-hit wonder in the U.S. by the Brit Artist, GARY NUMAN and his tune called: CARS.

 

Although Gary had several other chart records in the U.K. where "Cars" was a number one, here in the States it was his only Top Ten, #9, on the Hot 100 in 1979. Most songs have a real story behind them and this one certainly did, it seems that Gary was stuck in London traffic and got crosswise with another driver who got out of his car and went over and tried to pull Numan out of his and beat him up.

 

Gary locked the doors and drove up on the sidewalk to get away, land later he wrote the song and had this to say: "It's kind of to do with that. It explains how you can feel safe inside a car in the modern world... When you're in it, your whole mentality is different... It's like your own little personal empire with four wheels on it."

 

If you don't remember the title, I guarantee that you'll immediately recognize the song when you here the opening chords if you were listening to music in the summer of 1979. Along with the standard Rock Rhythm Section, Gary added synthesizers: a Polymoog and a Minimoog to get the other-worldly sound on the record.

 

He said he really wanted a Hit Record and thought most of his former stuff had been a little too sophisticated for the Pop Charts, so he intentionally created this song to top the charts, and it worked...however, he couldn't do it again. Here he is Live in a great clip from the BBC Show Top of the Pops doing his break-through single with pristine picture and sound. Rock On! @therealdonrocks 

 

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