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The Cars

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    Brandon Flowers (The Killers)
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Hall of Fame Essay


Ashley Kahn

Every now and then, a band hits the ground running with a sound so developed, brash, and beyond established categories that it redefines them.

In 1978, the Cars were that band, arriving at a time of discord more than harmony, when musical tribes were at odds with one another: old-school rockers, punks, and New Wavers, pop music enthusiasts and fans of disco and other dance-floor sounds - each staking out territory to preserve and protect its own.

The Cars' brilliant, self-titled debut - all handclaps and quirky vocals, crunchy guitars, and futuristic synth lines - defied the divisions of the day and reminded us what rock was all about.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Program Cover 2018
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2018 Inductees The Cars Performing

The Cars had it all: the looks, the hooks & beat romance lyrics

Brandon Flowers

Photography: Tyler Twins; Getty/WireImage

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