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The Cars: The Elektra Years 1978-1987

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Vintage classics box set from under-heralded new wavers

They’re oddly marginalised in the collective pop memory now, as if the Live Aid-related ubiquity of Drive consigned them to AOR ballad purgatory. Yet The Cars were vastly influential on the US new wave sound of merged guitars and synths that bossed the 80s.


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