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WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 14: Musicians (L-R) Elliot Easton, Greg Hawkes, Todd Rundgren, Kasim Sulton and Prairie Prince pose at a press conference to announce an upcoming tour and performance by "The New Cars" at the House of Blues on March 14, 2006 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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The Cars: “Just What I Needed”

The Hook: The song that provided the key to The Cars’ ignition.

Album: The Cars

Year: 1978

Writers: Ric Ocasek

Stats: Peaked at number-27 on the Billboard Hot 100

The Background: Although most of its members had previously been in groups that had put out albums, when they started The Cars, they were beginning from scratch. Guitarist Elliot Easton explains how the song “Just What I Needed” helped transport them to the next level.

Cars guitarist Elliot Easton on “Just What I Needed.” OC:…the band. :25

“Really the song that brought us to the attention of the record companies. We had a demo tape and it actually become the most requested song on the local radio station. It was, in fact, getting reported in trade papers and in a little column next to the band’s name where you said what label they were on it said, ‘Tape.’ That kind of sparked the interest of the A&R people and they started showing up at our club dates and that song was an important one for us in launching the band.”