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The Cars — Moving In Stereo
Album: The Cars
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7.5

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Total ratings: 3296









Released: 1978
Length: 4:42
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Life's the same, I'm moving in stereo
Life's the same except for my shoes
Life's the same, you're shakin' like tremolo
Life's the same, it's all inside you

It's so easy to blow up your problems
It's so easy to play up your breakdown
It's so easy to fly through a window
It's so easy to fool with the sound

It's so tough to get up
It's so tough
It's so tough to live up
It's so tough on you

Life's the same, I'm moving in stereo
Life's the same except for my shoes
Life's the same, you're shakin' like tremolo
Life's the same, it's all inside you

Life's the same, I'm moving in stereo
Life's the same except for my shoes
Life's the same, you're shakin' like tremolo
Life's the same, it's all inside you
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 gillespp wrote:

Bill, you HAVE TO go back to playing All Mixed Right Up immediately after Moving In Stereo! It's such a great couplet.



I concur.

The Cars are my favorite band. 'All Mixed Up' is as good as any song on their self titled debut album. The climax that builds up and is then released at the end of the song is glorious, and it is the perfect ending to a near perfect album. 
there's a clarion call, to them keyboards
Great song and album. RIP Ben & Ric
Pure genius songwriting and execution. The Cars first album is an amazing piece of work. 
 MassivRuss wrote:

1978-1979

What a densely explosive period for music.

The Cars, The Pretenders, The Clash, Dire Straits, Elvis Costello, Springsteen, Blondie (who else ya got?).

And this awkward stoner boy HS senior in Massachusetts had WBCN playing ALL OF IT!!!


Totally with you except for the pot. Didn't smoke much back then (or ever) but yeah it was a pretty cool time for music and movies. 

RIP BCN The Rock of Boston...
I keep trying to bump up my rating, every time. Still doesn't go past 10. Maybe an 11 should be added. This one goes to 11. 
Great album.
1978-1979

What a densely explosive period for music.

The Cars, The Pretenders, The Clash, Dire Straits, Elvis Costello, Springsteen, Blondie (who else ya got?).

And this awkward stoner boy HS senior in Massachusetts had WBCN playing ALL OF IT!!!
 gillespp wrote:

Bill, you HAVE TO go back to playing All Mixed Right Up immediately after Moving In Stereo! It's such a great couplet.



yes, please!
 bc wrote:


Still no joy.   :(


I hear ya.  Bill's a hardass these days...
I say it every time I hear this song...It's All Mixed Up is part of the song in my opinion and I am always disappointed when it doesn't come after it.  I love the song but it always make it incomplete.  RP does it with Pink Floyd all the time but not this one.  Not complaining, just saying.  Peace.
Never saw the film(s) attached to this song or the actor mentioned here.
Hmmm...
 Wonderloaf wrote:
gillespp wrote:    Bill, you HAVE TO go back to playing All Mixed Right Up immediately after Moving In Stereo!  It's such a great couplet.

DANG


NOT TODAY


Still no joy.   :(
The Cars, what a great band, especially before their popular music breakout in 1984 (Heartbreak City).  We need to hear more of them.
 wtango wrote:

Great song, but doesn't seem complete without All Mixed Up



It's all inside you
 bahalana wrote:


Hi Brad! You know how cute I always thought you were?


Doesn't anybody knock any more?!
 timmus wrote:

Sad to think Ric Ocasek and the girl on the album cover are both deceased.  I guess time marches on.




and benjamin orr, the bassist and guy on vocals... love them all
Sad to think Ric Ocasek and the girl on the album cover are both deceased.  I guess time marches on.
 jonahboo wrote:

wow, what a smile!


Kind of a bummer that cover was forced on the band. 
 barullo wrote:
Girl on that cover is not Phoebe Cates; here is a later snapshot of that model, and link to her Wikipedia's page :https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

wow, what a smile!
 gillespp wrote:

Bill, you HAVE TO go back to playing All Mixed Right Up immediately after Moving In Stereo! It's such a great couplet.



DANG


NOT TODAY
Girl on that cover is not Phoebe Cates; here is a later snapshot of that model, and link to her Wikipedia's page :https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
my ringtone 
 Yiungdrac wrote:

nice back to back Cars great album well done RP



saw them twice in Toronto...great shows really tight band
nice back to back Cars great album well done RP
 coloradojohn wrote:

We all felt blessed to have this to drive to school to, on cold, snowy winter mornings. We all felt grateful to have this to jam to, beer and joint in hand, after school, whether holed-up in our cars, riding out the weather, or outside of them, tossing the Frisbee in the park. The Cars were the soundtrack of our adventures, and we depended upon them with fondness and devotion. Ric, and Ben, may we always stay Moving In Stereo with you! Thanks, RP, for keeping the vibe alive!



Wow.  100% ditto in Boston.
 Proclivities wrote:



Giggty....
I've heard this seque before...
 PinkSo wrote:


Wait till the next one: it seems Bill likes to follow it up with "All Mixed Up"


...as it should be! 
We all felt blessed to have this to drive to school to, on cold, snowy winter mornings. We all felt grateful to have this to jam to, beer and joint in hand, after school, whether holed-up in our cars, riding out the weather, or outside of them, tossing the Frisbee in the park. The Cars were the soundtrack of our adventures then, and we depended upon them with fondness and devotion. Ric and Ben, may we always remain Moving In Stereo with you! Thanks, RP, for keeping The Cars vibe alive!
 STLBubbles wrote:
Came out the year graduated high school in Boston area!  Wore this 8-track down to nothing!!!  Best cruising tape ever...


Me too!  We probably saw the Cars in concert a dozen times that year!  Along with our other Boston locals, Aerosmith and J. Geils.  
I was working at Pewter Pot when this came out.  The manager give me money to run down the Strawberries to buy this for her.  This was at the Walpole Mall in Walpole, Massachusetts.
 pikester wrote:

Who didn’t have a crush on Phoebe Cates?


  +1 on my rating for the Phoebe Cates additions in the comments.
 justin4kick wrote:


No biscuit today, but cream instead. Strange brew, indeed.

Again 3 years later.
Who didn’t have a crush on Phoebe Cates?
 jugece wrote:
This song was playing in my head while I was listening to another and then boom!!! It started playing next on RP.

MIND = BLOWN


Wait till the next one: it seems Bill likes to follow it up with "All Mixed Up"
One of the best ever debut albums - love The Cars!
 drewd wrote:
Image result for phoebe cates gif


Hi Brad! You know how cute I always thought you were?
Bumped it from an 8 to a 9. Solid!
This song was playing in my head while I was listening to another and then boom!!! It started playing next on RP.

MIND = BLOWN
I remember when this sounded somewhat edgy. Damn I'm old.
THANK YOU for seguing Moving In Stereo  and All Mixed Up - they fit so well and are meant to be heard that way on the album.


 tgrier wrote:
The album was a landmark album. The whole thing is solid.
 
Dare I say one of the finest debut albums of all time?  Saw them in SF shortly after this came out and may I say it changed nearly everything.....drugs helped, but what a tight band.......mind blowing.
My favorite Cars song, but If you play this again without All Mixed Up, I might have to cancel my membership!
Stunningly good debut album. A game changer. 
 Retrograde-orbit wrote:
The album was the sound track for the summer of 1978.  Ah the memories!!
 

Summer of '79 too!
I love Elliot's guitar sound in the intro (and through the whole tune). So much crunch but not that much distortion. I want that sound.
Phoebeeee!!!

upgrade to an 8
A great album, all the way around. A favorite. Saw them 4 times in concert. Always a deadpan concert from a showmanship perspective, but great music nonetheless. Love the Cars. RIP Ben and Ric.
YOU ROCK IT BECAUSE YOU PLAY THEM BOTH TOGETHER....THE WAY THEY WERE MEANT TO BE PLAYED...and cheers to my dear old Pop who introduced me to this and...the correct way to play it!!!!!!   Love ya dear old Dad...
one of the best songs ever, from one of the best bands ever...
RP always plays obscure but best songs from a album, not just the hits
You know, it's illegal in some places not to play the other half of this song, All Mixed Up. Just sayin, Bill. 
 tarbinator wrote:
One of the most iconic albums of all time.  If you don't immediately transport back to the time in which you first listened to this, something is seriously wrong.
 
This came on and - as it always does - I was immediately in the summer between high school and college. A very short, intensely weird window in my life, but not without it's high points. This album was in constant rotation everywhere and their particular flavour of tasty synthpop ushered in what would become New Wave in our circles. Stirs up many twisted but fun memories.
 tarbinator wrote:
One of the most iconic albums of all time.  If you don't immediately transport back to the time in which you first listened to this, something is seriously wrong.
 
This was the only 8track that would play on the bus I rode to middle school and high school, (but I rode a bicycle mostly by then except for a month after breaking my leg)
We were about to pick up my crush when this came on. Pretty blonde.
One of the most iconic albums of all time.  If you don't immediately transport back to the time in which you first listened to this, something is seriously wrong.
A spectacularly "stereophonic" sounding segue from Hooverphonic's 'Inhaler'!

Always love a good thematically relevant transition
Image result for phoebe cates gif
Came out the year graduated high school in Boston area!  Wore this 8-track down to nothing!!!  Best cruising tape ever...
Still awesome esp with super JBL speakers & Macintosh pre-amp!
RIP Rick!
Forever linked to Fast Times at Ridgemont High and my eternal love of Phoebe Cates.
Vale Ric Ocasek
 justin4kick wrote:
Thank you, Ric, for the wonderful music that has become an inseparable part of the memories of my youth. R.I.P.
 

A man who left something good behind when he moved on!


RIP Ric Ocasek. This song and the two first albums as a whole are an unforgettable part of the soundtrack of my mid-teenage years. Farewell, Czech brother!
Thank you, Ric, for the wonderful music that has become an inseparable part of the memories of my youth. R.I.P.
RIP Rick
i hoped this would turn up today - RIP
 MrStatenIsle wrote:
 Piranga wrote:
Great band, writing, and grooves, largely missed by pop culture. But what's new? The Common People miss a lot.

 Missed by pop culture?  The Cars were hugely popular in the 80s, and this tune in particular, associated with one of the great pop movies of the 80s.


 
 Piranga wrote:
Great band, writing, and grooves, largely missed by pop culture. But what's new? The Common People miss a lot.
 
Uh, not where I'm from! They were huge. Were you in Outer Mongolia around the time of the Cars?
 Piranga wrote:
Great band, writing, and grooves, largely missed by pop culture. But what's new? The Common People miss a lot.

 Missed by pop culture?  The Cars were hugely popular in the 80s, and this tune in particular, associated with one of the great pop movies of the 80s.


Great band, writing, and grooves, largely missed by pop culture. But what's new? The Common People miss a lot.
That was once smooth segue.
I’m just here for the album cover.
Great song - great band.
The album was the sound track for the summer of 1978.  Ah the memories!!
 khardog145 wrote:
Wow everyone's wish comes true - 2 in a row off of a Great record.  Saw them in 79 I think at the now defunct Poplar Creek.  A huge thunderstorm hit and we were sliding down the amphitheater-like grass hill on plastic ponchos, which quickly turned to mud.  We then rocked out the rest of the concert totally muddy and soaked (:  That place was later demolished, but the memory stands.
 
I remember Poplar Creek. Saw Sting there and a few other bands I can't remember. Cool place...too bad it's gone. It was a pretty decent venue to see a band.
Bill, you HAVE TO go back to playing All Mixed Right Up immediately after Moving In Stereo! It's such a great couplet.
Wow everyone's wish comes true - 2 in a row off of a Great record.  Saw them in 79 I think at the now defunct Poplar Creek.  A huge thunderstorm hit and we were sliding down the amphitheater-like grass hill on plastic ponchos, which quickly turned to mud.  We then rocked out the rest of the concert totally muddy and soaked (:  That place was later demolished, but the memory stands.
 justin4kick wrote:
I agree. "All mixed up" is a favorite of mine.

No biscuit today, but cream instead. Strange brew, indeed.
 

 Spot_69 wrote:
No "All Mixed Up" once again. So sad, too bad.

I also feel cheated every time that happens.

Bad Bill - no biscuit.

  

 
LowPhreak wrote:

Feels like we're Moving In Mono, not Stereo?

  
25demayo wrote:

Today Bill gets a biscuit. Moving in Stereo followed by All Mixed Up.

{#Clap}


 25demayo wrote: 
 

Unfortunately no biscuit today.

  

JeriF wrote:



Biscuit today! {#Music}
 

No biscuit today, but cream instead. Strange brew, indeed.

 Spot_69 wrote:
No "All Mixed Up" once again. So sad, too bad.

I also feel cheated every time that happens.

Bad Bill - no biscuit.

  

 
LowPhreak wrote:

Feels like we're Moving In Mono, not Stereo?

  
25demayo wrote:

Today Bill gets a biscuit. Moving in Stereo followed by All Mixed Up.

{#Clap}


 25demayo wrote: 
 

Unfortunately no biscuit today.

 

Biscuit today! {#Music}
Yay! Bill listens to his fans, gotta have All Mixed Up after Stereo. This station rocks.
Life's the same, except for my shoes.
 bm.deavenport613 wrote:
Phoebe Cates......mmmmmmmmmm

 
36 years later, and there's no sign of it slowing down.

Brandon Flowers mentioned that scene when he inducted the Cars into the R&R H-O-F.
 


 Spot_69 wrote:
No "All Mixed Up" once again. So sad, too bad.

I also feel cheated every time that happens.

Bad Bill - no biscuit.

  

 
LowPhreak wrote:

Feels like we're Moving In Mono, not Stereo?

  
25demayo wrote:

Today Bill gets a biscuit. Moving in Stereo followed by All Mixed Up.

{#Clap}

 
Unfortunately no biscuit today.
 bm.deavenport613 wrote:
Phoebe Cates......mmmmmmmmmm

 
Yes, this song is indelibly linked to that Fast Times In Ridgemont High scene in my brain. 


 Spot_69 wrote:
No "All Mixed Up" once again. So sad, too bad.

I also feel cheated every time that happens.

Bad Bill - no biscuit.

  

 
LowPhreak wrote:

Feels like we're Moving In Mono, not Stereo?

 
Today Bill gets a biscuit. Moving in Stereo followed by All Mixed Up.

{#Clap}
These guys just blew the doors off of everything else at the time... I saw an interview a few years ago where Rick was saying that he and Ben had actually spent years nearly perfecting most of the songs that became this debut record while still in Ohio; after they'd moved to Boston and met up with the other members who were accomplished music school guys ready to go, they sure took off!
Yaz vs. Soft Cell...WHO 'YA GOT?
Image result for ric ocasek trouser press

When I was a freshman in college one of my older buddies dropped out and went to work just about the time this came out.  He was living with mom and dad and the first paycheck he decked out this POS Monza with a really killer car stereo system.  We would drive out on country roads in back woods Appalachia, sip''n cheap beer,  burn big old bones and crank this tune.  
 bluematrix wrote:

Yes, I too was hoping Bill would hear our pleas, but alas. Maybe he feels if he caves to pressure on this one, he might feel like he'd have to on other musical one-two punches? Ah well, it's a rare and minor miss in the grand scheme of RP.

 
Alas, maybe your pleas are being properly disregarded with no other rationale than, "because they should be".
This song was WAY ahead of its time...still sounds great, and fresh, today.
 tgrier wrote:
The album was a landmark album. The whole thing is solid.
 
Such a great album!. I remember after listening to what's now called Classic Rock for years, hearing this album and just being blown away by the "new" sound.
 Timbo080 wrote:
I always picture that scene from Fast Times at Ridgemont High whenever I hear this song!

 
Yes.

And I laugh at all the Fast Times references in the other notes on this song.

Ah, the good ol' days.

{#Roflol}
The album was a landmark album. The whole thing is solid.
 LowPhreak wrote:

Feels like we're Moving In Mono, not Stereo?

 
Yes, I too was hoping Bill would hear our pleas, but alas. Maybe he feels if he caves to pressure on this one, he might feel like he'd have to on other musical one-two punches? Ah well, it's a rare and minor miss in the grand scheme of RP.
The cars were lame at the time. Aged well.
What does this song remind me of????

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Ah yes, THAT'S it! 
Perfect choice in the grove set by the man Bill.  So good!!! The thread just got needled.  
Phoebe Cates......mmmmmmmmmm
 coloradojohn wrote:
Timeless, classy, mind-bendingly quirky and unique song from one of the most original, talented, clever, and best-loved groups ever...

 
+1

They had a great run. I feel like they pushed the radio rock genre to its absolute limit at a time rock and roll had lost its way. Every band since has basically been trying to reinvent or rediscover older forms. The Cars by contrast were the last classic rock band to be original - if that males any sense. 
I always picture that scene from Fast Times at Ridgemont High whenever I hear this song!
can we re-call The Cars now
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 Spot_69 wrote:
No "All Mixed Up" once again. So sad, too bad.

I also feel cheated every time that happens.

Bad Bill - no biscuit.

 
Feels like we're Moving In Mono, not Stereo?
No "All Mixed Up" once again. So sad, too bad.

I also feel cheated every time that happens.

Bad Bill - no biscuit.


The Cars - always so good
Great song - this song always sounded like Crack the Sky - play some of their music.  Thx
Great song - great band.
 
   I pass the microphone to Mr Dunning–Kruger
   Though,  I'll make  exception for some shoes
 

Where is All Mixed Up?!?

This isn’t proper!

I feel cheated!


Timeless, classy, mind-bendingly quirky and unique song from one of the most original, talented, clever, and best-loved groups ever...
nice transition from the Shins' "rifle spiral"
 Kaisersosay wrote:
Come on Bill here's your chance,,,,,,,All Mixed Up,,, Bring it on!

 
{#Yes}{#Yes}..........oh well, I guess not this time. 
Come on Bill here's your chance,,,,,,,All Mixed Up,,, Bring it on!
 h8rhater wrote:
 
Sadly, not always.

 
yes, keep it going,,,, All Mixed Up, is needed.