MTV had become a major marketing tool by 1984, and the Cars were one of the first bands to use the new video medium to their advantage. The band's fifth album, Heartbeat City (Elektra), spawned several imaginative and memorable videos, which translated into massive chart and commercial success, making it one of the biggest releases of the year. Produced by hitmaker John "Mutt" Lange (AC/DC, Def Leppard), the album included two Top Ten singles -- the ballad "Drive" and the charismatic "You Might Think" -- plus an additional two that landed in the Top 20: the summer anthem "Magic" and the eccentric "Hello Again." But it didn't just stop there, plenty of other tracks could have been hits as well, such as the sparse rocker "It's Not the Night" and the breezy pop of "Looking for Love." Other highlights included the ethereal title track, the melodic rocker "Stranger Eyes," and the moderately paced love song "Why Can't I Have You." Although the Cars experienced their greatest success yet with Heartbeat City, it would unfortunately not last for long -- after just one more studio album (1987's spotty Door to Door), the band split up.
|Label:||Elektra / Wea|
Performance CreditsCars Primary Artist
Ric Ocasek Guitar,Vocals
Elliot Easton Guitar,Vocals
Greg Hawkes Keyboards,Vocals
Benjamin Orr Bass,Vocals
David Robinson Drums,Vocals
David L. Robinson Drums
Technical CreditsCars Producer
Greg Hawkes Programming
Nigel Green Engineer
Robert John "Mutt" Lange Producer
Elliot Roberts Director,Direction
David Robinson Cover Design
Andy Topeka Programming
Cathy Henszey Art Direction
Bill Gerber Director,Direction
Peter Phillip Artwork
David L. Robinson Programming,Cover Design
Peter Phillips Paintings,Cover Painting
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I had this album on cassette and used to listen to it over and over again as a kid! I enjoyed it more so as a teenager...but now it's ruined, so I have to buy a new one!
It's a great album! I've always thought The Cars were a good band, but, this is got to be their best album by far.