The Cars is an American rock band. It emerges at the beginning of the new wave scene, in the 1970s. The group consists of singer and rhythm guitarist Ric Ocasek, singer and bassist Benjamin Orr, guitarist Elliot Easton, keyboardist Greg Hawkes and drummer David Robinson. The group, originally from Boston, Massachusetts, signed at Elektra Records by George Daly in 1977.
While this is a rock band, the group is best known for their ballad Drive (Who's Gonna Drive You Home), their best international success.
The Cars was at the forefront of the 1970s guitar-oriented rock fusion with the new synth-pop that flourished in the 1980s. The band debuted with their debut album The Cars which was late platinum 1978. Cars' debut album was dubbed "true rock masterpiece" by Allmusic. The most successful song of the album Just What I Needed, debuted 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 attracted the attention of other DJs, which led to the band's signing by Elektra Records in 1977. The Cars mentioned it many times, including in their interview in June 2000.
The band broke up in 1988, and had always discouraged Ocasek who had been talking about a reformation since then. Bassist Benjamin Orr died in 2000 from pancreatic cancer.
In 2005, Easton and Hawkes joined Todd Rundgren to form a spin-off band, The New Cars, and composed songs alongside Rundgren with new material. The original surviving members gathered in 2010 to record a new album, entitled Move Like This, which was released on May 10, 2011, and a tour to start the same day.