Heartbeat City

Heartbeat City

by The Cars
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Heartbeat City

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Elektra / Wea
UPC: 0075596029629
catalogNumber: 60296

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cars   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 Credits

Cars   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

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Heartbeat City 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Candy-O More than 1 year ago
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.