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Album cover parody of Candy-O (US Release) by The Cars
Parody album cover
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This is the most recent information about Cars that has been submitted to amIright. If we have more information about Cars, then we provide a link to the section where it appears (the actual page whenever possible).

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Band Name Origins:

  • In conjunction with a Boston radio station, the listeners were given several potential band names and asked to vote for their favorite. But when the results came in, the guys picked the least popular name. Submitted by: nate
  • Pretty simple actually. Elliott Easton, the guitarist, once said that they picked that name because a car is a symbol of teenage spirit and nightlife, which was the image the band wanted to convey. Although there's a great urban legend that says they got their name from a concert they played in the South where audience members were placing bets on how long it would take for them to smash up this beaten-down car they found lying around. They did play that concert, but they were called The Cars prior to that, so alas, the rumor is untrue. Submitted by: Cat

Stupid Band Names:

  • Cars don't sing. If this makes sense as a band name, then maybe they should make a car called a Tenor. Submitted by: Joanna Hawthorne

Vainity Songs:

Song Name
Comments & Submitter Name
"Drive"I consider this to be somewhat of a 'vain' song because "Drive" is what you do with a Car, right? This was one of the band's biggest hits from the 80's (and one of their softer-sounding ones, too), with Ben Orr on lead vocals. - Khodor

Former Career:

New Career
Comments & Submitter Name
"Benjamin Orr""TV show house band musician"In the 60s, Benjamin was a member of the Grasshoppers, the house band on the local Cleveland TV show The Big 5 Show. - Kerry

New Band Names:

New Name
Why It's Better
Submitter Name
DrivenThat's what OLD cars have been!Robert D. Arndt Jr.
The ClunkersFor people that hate their old music!Robert D. Arndt Jr.
The New CarsReal example; two original Cars members formed it.Timmy O'Toole
The MinivansTime for an upgrade, don'tcha think?Mitch

New Song Names:

Original Song Name
New Song Name
Submitter Name
"Moving In Steroids""Moving In Stereo"Nicole Velocin
"Good Times Scroll""Good Times Roll"Adlai Alda
"It's The Night Now ""It's Not The Night"MOR

There are additional new song names available.

Literally Impossible Song Titles:

Submitter Name
"Heartbeat City,"There's no city with that nameKerry
"Heartbeat City,"There is no city with that name.Peter Paul Mounds
"Sad Song,"A song cannot feel emotions.GlamRockNinjaLord
"Good Times Roll,"How does a time become good or even roll? Peter
"Moving In Stereo,"How do you move in stereo?Wimpy

Use a Song Title to Answer a Different Song:

Song & Band Name
Song & Band Name
"Where's The Party?," Madonna"Heartbeat City," The Cars
"X Gon' Give It To Ya," DMX"Just What I Needed," The Cars
"Am I Going Insane?," Black Sabbath"You Might Think," The Cars
"We Gotta Get Out Of This Place," The Animals"Let's Go," The Cars
There are additional songs titles that answer other songs available.

Remove a Letter From a Song Title:

"Since You're One" originally "Since You're Gone"
"Just Hat I Needed" originally "Just What I Needed"
Dierdre Collins
"Good Ties Roll" originally "Good Times Roll"
Naomi Swanson
"My Best Fiend's Girl" originally "My Best Friend's Girl"
"Good Tims Roll" originally "Good Times Roll"

There are additional song titles with a letter removed available.

Add a Letter to a Song Title:

"Why Can't I Shave You?" originally "Why Can't I Have You?"
Joanna Hawthorne
"Just What I Needled" originally "Just What I Needed"
"Driver" originally "Drive"
"My Beast Friend's Girl" originally "My Best Friend's Girl"
Nora Aaron
"Why Can't I Halve You?" originally "Why Can't I Have You?"
Jason Voorhies' love song
Rocky Balboa Constrictor

There are additional song titles with a letter added available.

Change a Letter:

"Bust What I Needed" originally "Just What I Needed"
"Since You're Gore" originally "Since You're Gone"
You keep reliving the 2000 election?
"Since You've Gone" originally "Since You're Gone"
"Good Tires Roll" originally "Good Times Roll"
They sure do...
"Roving In Stereo" originally "Moving In Stereo"
Gail McFarland

There are additional song titles with a letter changed available.

Song Parody Lyrics:

Original Song Name
Parody Song Name
Parody Author
"Just What I Needed""Ukraine Is Defeated"Immoral Liberal
"Just What I Needed""I Don't Mind A Carryout"John Hohl
"Got a Lot on my Head""Got a Lot in my Shed"harry
"Shake It Up""Freddi Fish"Darius Whitehead
"I'm Not the One""Please Don't Hit Me"Z-Police Productions, Inc.
"Just What I Needed""Just Overheated"Randy Hearn
"Just What I Needed""Just Like A Penis (Peter Peppers)"Hu's On First
"Just What I Needed""Just Like A Penis"Hu's On First
"My Best Friend's Girl""She Is Now A Girl (But Once Was A Guy)"Hu's On First

There are additional song parodies available.

Songs for Commercials, That Haven't Been Done Yet:

Song Name
MagicDisney's Magic KingdomEdward
DriveTaxicab ServiceEd

Bad Choices for On Hold Music:

Song Name
Emotion in MotionMental Health Crisis LineTatiana
Since You're GoneMissing Person's HotlineTatiana
You Might ThinkMENSAKerry
Shake It UpPepsi/Coca Cola productsEdward
Shake It UpShaken Baby Syndrome HotlineHenry
There are additional Cars on hold music ideas available.

Songs for Duets, That Haven't Been Done Yet:

First Band/Song Name
Second Band/Song Name
New Song Name
Touch Me
   The Doors
Touch And Go
   The Cars
Touch Me And Go
French Kissin' In The USA
   Deborah Harry
My Best Friend's Girl
French Kissin' My Best Friend's Girl In The USA
I hope he doesn't find out what we're doing!
Jacynthia Maries
And She Was
   Talking Heads
Just What I Needed
   The Cars
And She Was Just What I Needed
Bob Oldhart
Shake Your Love
   Debbie Gibson
Shake It Up
   The Cars
Shake Up Your Love
There are additional duets that haven't been done yet available.

If Groups Combined, Their Names Might Be:

Madison Park Cars
Madison Park combined with The Cars
Is Madison a valet?
Submitted By: Sonia Rinzaimayor
Blue Cars
Blue combined with The Cars
Submitted By: Candy Welty
Counting Cars
Counting Crows combined with The Cars
Used in a later episode of "Full House", when Michelle wants to go with her sisters to see the first band in concert. She flubs their name several times, getting the second word wrong each time. This is one of the "wrong" names she calls the band, and it happens to have another band's name in it, so, it must be a combination!
Submitted By: nally
The Ten American Cars
The Five Americans combined with The Cars
The Cars are a quintet.
Submitted By: Candy Welty

There are additional Cars Combined Groups that haven't been done yet available.

Misheard Lyrics:

"Just What I Needed"
Misheard Lyrics:
I guess you're just a Beatle
Original Lyrics:
I guess you're just what I needed
"Just What I Needed"
Misheard Lyrics:
You always knew to Reddi-Wip
Original Lyrics:
You always knew to wear it well
Misheard Lyrics:
Thinking nothing's wrong, but now…
Original Lyrics:
Thinking nothing's wrong, but bye…
Misheard Lyrics:
..thinking nothing's wrong, but now..
Original Lyrics:
Thinking nothing’s wrong, but bye…
There are additional misheard lyrics available.

Misheard Lyrics Stories:

"Just What I Needed "
Misheard Lyrics:
I needed Roosevelt to pee.
Original Lyrics:
I needed someone to feed.

Story about this misheard lyric by: Ashley Brown

Me and My Son were playing some music and this came on. Once he misheard it, I was like he’s talking about Roosevelt who needed to pee?

There are additional misheard stories available.

Nonsensical Song Lyrics:

"Good Times Roll"
The Nonsensical Lyrics:
If the illusion is real, let them give you a ride.
Why They're Nonsensical:
If the illusion is real, then it's not an illusion. That phrase contradicts itself. An illusion, by definition, is something that's not real, so if you say that an illusion IS real, then that's an oxymoron.
Submitted by: Peggy Dishwasher
The Nonsensical Lyrics:
Uh-oh it's magic,
when I'm with you.
Uh-oh it's magic.
Uh-oh it's magic.
When I'm with you.
Why They're Nonsensical:
That has got to be one of the cheesiest pick up lines in history.
Submitted by: Celeste
There are additional nonsensical lyrics available.

Misrhymed Song Lyrics:

"Let's Go"
The Misrhymed Lyrics:
She's got wonderful eyes
And a risque mouth
And when I asked her before
She said she's holding out
Why They're Misrhymed:
Technically the use of similar vowel sounds as opposed to straight rhyming is called assonance. And I have no problem with that, but since there are rhymes earlier in the song ('fire' with 'desire,' for instance) 'mouth' with 'out' just doesn't cut it. Though The Cars are still my favorite band, and I am by no means doubting Ric Ocasek's songwriting integrity.
Submitted by: Cat

Dirty Song Lyrics:

"Touch And Go"
The Dirty Lyrics:
And it felt so right
Just like the hush of midnight
And you said
With me it's touch and go
Why They're Dirty:
I found out on the internet that 'touch and go' is a euphemism for masturbation, I really should have known with the 'I touched your star' lyric earlier on...God, I've been living under a rock! And this is coming from a huge Cars fan, mind you.
Submitted by: Cat

Songs That Open With Their Titles:

"It's Not The Night"
Opening Lines:
It's not the night for fooling
From their album Heartbeat City
Submitted by: RevengeFromMars YouTube
"Got A Lot On My Head"
Opening Lines:
I got a lot on my head
From their album Candy-O
Submitted by: RevengeFromMars YouTube
There are additional spelling lyrics available.

Song Title Space Change:

"Heart Beat City" originally "Heartbeat City"
A city where the duo Heart is popular?
Submitted by: Francesca Burleson
"Heart, Be At City" originally "Heartbeat City"
Submitted by: Kirsten Abercrombie
"Just What I Need, Ed" originally "Just What I Needed"
Submitted by: Samantha Wayland
"That Sit" originally "That's It"
Submitted by: Yvette Bristle
"It Snot The Night" originally "It's Not The Night"
Submitted by: Orel Hershyster

There are additional Song Title Space Change available.

Band Name Anagrams:

Chaster Submitted by: Lorraine Thoanjer
more chaste (morally pure)
The Arcs Submitted by: Alexis
Cher Sat Submitted by: George Straitjacket
Has Cert Submitted by: George Straitjacket
She Cart Submitted by: George Straitjacket

There are additional Band Name Anagrams available.

Song Title Anagrams:

"Then, Emotion" originally "I'm Not the One"
Submitted by: Evan
"Cony Ad" originally "Candy-O"
Cony = name variously applied to pika or hyrax
Submitted by: Natalie Merchant's Millpond
"Day Con" originally "Candy-O"
Submitted by: Natalie Merchant's Millpond
"Coy Dan" originally "Candy-O"
Submitted by: Natalie Merchant's Millpond
"Any Cod" originally "Candy-O"
Submitted by: Alexis

There are additional Song Title Anagrams available.

Lyrics Pronunciation:

"Bye Bye Love"
The Lyrics:
It's just a broken lullaby
I've listened to this over and over, and still sounds like, "It's just a f---ing alibi!"
Submitted by: Ken
"You Might Think"
The Lyrics:
But you kept it going 'til the sun fell down
You kept it going.
On the second line, Ric Ocasek pronounces "kept" as "kep". Done anyone know what "kep" means?
Submitted by: Rocky

Song Title Acrostics:

HA: "Hello Again"
Folgers in your HA!
Submitted by: Mickey D.
TAG: "Touch And Go"
You're it.
Submitted by: Brian Kelly

Song Title Spoonerisms:

"Good Rhymes Toll" originally "Good Times Roll"
Submitted by: Ned MacCamden
"Bart Heat City" originally "Heartbeat City"
Submitted by: Dawn Anwad
"Bart Heat City" originally "Heartbeat City"
Submitted by: Dawn Anwad
"Heart Seat Bitty" originally "Heartbeat City"
Submitted by: Dawn Anwad
"Good Rhymes Toll" originally "Good Times Roll"
Submitted by: Tess O. Gosset

There are additional Song Title Spoonerisms available.

Lyrics Alliteration:

"I'm In Touch With Your World"
The Lyrics:
You get the force fed future
3x F "force fed future"
Submitted by: RevengeFromMars YouTube

Band Name Spoonerisms:

The Rocks originally "The Cars"
Submitted by: Coll Phillins

What A Band is Best Known For (aside from their music):

Ric O(t)casek and Benjamin Orr , both of Cleveland were in a hippyish folk band called Milkwood and they made one albumin 1972. It's now a collector's item. Ocasek and Orr then briefly formed a Daryl Hall and John Oates type acoustic duo then went to Boston to eventually get in a band that would become the Cars.
Submitted by: I Drove My Cah In Boston!

Movies Named After Song Titles:

2011 Ryan Gosling film. Looks cool.
Submitted by: Brian Kelly
"My Best Friend's Girl"
2008 comedy with Dane Cook & Kate Hudson
Submitted by: 80s music

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