Thursday, November 03, 2016

The Cars- Just What I Needed Free MP3

The Cars venerable 1978 single, “Just What I Needed”, is an FM radio staple that first helped put New Wave on the map. Many AOR stations initially resisted playing Alternative music like The Clash and Ramones back in the day. This new music was too adventurous and edgy in an era of progressive, Arena Rock staples like Kansas, Styx and Yes.

The Cars helped break down that barrier with irresistible songs that even old school radio rock programmers could embrace. Here are some recent takes of this timeless tune by a new generation of rockers. ALL of these are FREE downloads!

Hailing from Montreal, The Maxwells bring an edgy yet true-to-the-original mix that would make Ric Ocasek proud. Check out the synths and electronic drums on this one.

Classic Current takes the song in a new direction with their stripped down, acoustic, offbeat sound. Sounds like an old Casio keyboard and bongos accompanying guitar and vocals.

Jody Mikal brings a David Byrne meets ‎Layne Staley vibe to the song.

Sounding like it was recorded in a garage (or a bedroom?), chejuboy has a bit of Emo with a nice indy guitar solo. Good to see the kids still appreciate the classics.

Download and enjoy!

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