What people said about leejohnson’s jam Just What I Needed

16 Comments (since 16 Jul 2013)

8 years, 4 months ago

leejohnson

Included on their eponymous debut album and released as a single, "Just What I Needed" started as a demo in 1977. The song was sent as a mix tape to a local DJ in the Boston area, who played the song in heavy rotation. This soon caught the attention of other DJs, which led to the signing of the band by Elektra Records in 1977. The featured Jam made No. 17 in the UK and No. 27 in the USA, both in 1978.

8 years, 4 months ago

leejohnson

The band broke up in 1988, and Ocasek had always discouraged talk of a reunion since then, telling one interviewer in 1997: "I'm saying never - and you can count on that." Bassist (and vocalist on this Jam) Benjamin Orr died in 2000 from pancreatic cancer, and, in 2005, Easton and Hawkes joined with Todd Rundgren to form a spin-off band, 'The New Cars', which performed classic 'The Cars' and Rundgren songs, alongside new material.

8 years, 4 months ago

leejohnson

They disbanded in 2007, and, despite Ocasek's vow, the surviving original members reunited as 'The Cars' in 2010 to record a new album, titled "Move Like This", which was released in May 2011, and commenced a tour, which started in the same month. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Just_What_I_Needed

8 years, 4 months ago

teen

Love The Cars!!

8 years, 4 months ago

BertrandRustles

Yes.

8 years, 4 months ago

MsSue

Just what I needed

8 years, 4 months ago

leejohnson

@MsSue_ Hah! Got me!

8 years, 4 months ago

HaveACuppaTea

Who's gonna drive you home...tonight! Very different from that one.

8 years, 4 months ago

pabloldias

Never heard this version before. One of the best songs ever!

8 years, 4 months ago

stereoGrover

Nice find!!

8 years, 4 months ago

Schell

the Cars = summertime

8 years, 4 months ago

malp11a

Haven't heard this in ages. Thanks for posting.

8 years, 4 months ago

nosoypancho

Just what I needed indeed.

8 years, 4 months ago

BeeBee

Always need a bit of The Cars in my day!

8 years, 4 months ago

MJHasOwlEyes

Soundtrack to my crazy young adult life. This doesn't sound like original release. Which recording is this?

8 years, 4 months ago

leejohnson

@MJHasOwlEyes Definitely not the original, but it has a 'live' edge to it which refreshes it somewhat, I think. Not sure when they recorded this version or which album (if any) it comes from.