Are The Cars the best band from Massachusetts?
You tell us: Are The Cars the best musical act from Massachusetts? They've got a ton of great hits that don't get nearly enough radio play today, and they're credited with helping rock transition from the guitar-based sounds of the 70s to the new wave keyboard sound of the 80s. And Ric Ocasek surely has the hottest wife of any Bostonian in modern history.
But the best band from Massachusetts? Compare them with Aerosmith, Boston, J. Geils Band, The Modern Lovers and The Pixies.
It all depends on your personal tastes, but I'm thinking The Cars are at or near the top of the list.
What to hear more about the band? The Stuck in the 80s podcast this week focuses on The Cars. The episode is now online. Click here to download it. Or click here to subscribe to all our shows for free on iTunes.
Some show highlights:
-- Co-host Cathy tries to explain how one of the world's ugliest men was able to marry Paulina Porizkova.
-- Another embarrassing story about puberty from Times pop music critic Sean Daly, this time to the tune of "Magic."
-- Steve still can't let go of an evil ex-girlfriend from college (and the fact that she stole his Cars tickets.) But he manages to transition into a story about strippers in Key West.
-- Try to stomach the background sound of our digestive systems tackling a bucket of Skittles during the show.