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The Cars are Back [Video: “Blue Tip”]

For those of us who grew up listening to The Cars, there’s something comforting about hearing Ric Ocasek’s voice and that vintage Cars sound here in the year 2011. After all, the last time they released an album of new music was 1987. Just a few things have changed in the time between.

But reunited they have – all original members (minus bassist and occasional lead vocalist Benjamin Orr, who passed away in 2000 after a battle with pancreatic cancer). Their new album, titled Move Like This, will be released on May 10th, and the lead single and video, “Blue Tip”, is now out – and it has that unmistakeable Cars sound: the new wave/rock blend and the quirky vocals of Ric Ocasek (yep, still married to Paulina Porizcova, 26+ years now).

Here’s “Blue Tip”:

Ocasek and Porizcova first met during the video shoot for “Drive”:

My favorite Cars tune? Hard to say, but “The Dangerous Type” surely ranks in the top 3…

And finally, I feel compelled to include my favorite solo Ocasek tune, “Emotion in Motion”, from his second solo album, This Side of Paradise. :

Red House Painters

Red House Painters

Red House Painters. I think I listened to their latest album, Songs for a Blue Guitar, only once before tonight – and didn’t give it a good listen at that.

Some cool tracks on this one…

A Neil Young-inspired 11 minute thrasher here with “Silly Little Love Songs”…

A Cars cover! “All Mixed Up”! Completely revamped…

And the song that pushed me again toward the album after hearing on Sirius XM’s The Loft – the title track. I thought I was hearing a slowed down, acoustic version of Mazzy Star’s “Fade Into You”, but it was this…