Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Who's Gonna Drive "The Cars"?

As someone who came of age in the '80s, I'm not sure how I feel about this.


At 11/23/2005 07:41:00 AM, Blogger Mitch Cumstein said...

I always liked The Cars growing up, but without Rick O., it just isn't the same band. They should call themselves the Mini-Coopers or something similar. They may have an engine and four wheels, but The Cars they ain't.

Most bands can replace a drummer or bassist, even a lead guitarist, and still look and sound the same, but when you change your front man, you're a different group. Hell, I never bought into Van Halen after David Lee Roth left (Gimme a bottle of anything, and a glazed doughnut...TO GO!).

At 11/23/2005 12:16:00 PM, Blogger Riley, Not O'Reilly said...

I'm probably leaning your way, Mitch, although I think that VH did okay with Sammy at the helm. I could see Todd Rundgren filling in for the late Benjamin Orr (they even sound somewhat alike.) I guess I'll have to wait and hear what the New Cars sound like.

Some bands can get away with changing out their lead singers and still have hits (Toto and Chicago come to mind) while others can't (Journey, Styx, etc.) and others would be sacriledge to even try (The Police).

At 11/23/2005 12:51:00 PM, Blogger Mitch Cumstein said...

"Some bands can get away with changing out their lead singers and still have hits"

Absolutely. I think it really depends on who the frontman is (was). I think it's harder when the lead singer has a particularly unique sound or style, such as Steve Perry or Sting. Van Halen continued to have success with Sammy, but without Diamond Dave, they were a different band.

Showing my love of harder rock, a good example of a band pulling this off is AC/DC. They were just starting to rise in popularity when lead singer Bon Scott (very distinctive voice and style) died in 1980. They replaced him with Brian Johnson and released "Back In Black," which soared up the charts in both the US (#4)and UK (#1).

As a side note, my six year old loves the song "TNT." I guess the new singer (Johnson) just doesn't do it for him.

At 11/24/2005 10:59:00 AM, Blogger Steven said...

'Hello It's Me'...

Please 'Be Nice To Me,' because Todd Rundgren is a blue dog favorite from the 1970s -- There's no doubt 'Love Is The Answer' and 'I Saw The Light'... but ...

'Can We Still Be Friends,' mr. too conservative?

~ the blue dog

At 11/25/2005 07:34:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rundgren to front The Cars?

Well, it is a sign of the apocalypse, but at least they didn't have to use a network tv show to make the change.


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