1 JimmyR 4 years ago Wow. The Cars were always there in the 80s - you couldn't go to a club without hearing them, couldn't turn on the TV without hearing them, and couldn't even go to an Aussie pub without hearing some cover band murder them. They were kinda the soundtrack to my mis-spent youth. But I was never a big fan because my friends and I were into darker, moodier music at that time.But recently I have been trying to remember those songs and struggling, so I have been on youtube listening a bunch. And my memory was false - I remembered the guitar playing as being economical, "new-wave" styled and clever but a bit too "pop" for my teenage sensibilities. Man was I wrong!I have been blown away by what I have heard this week. I have been really picking out the guitar and not only are the sounds a lot better than I realised at the time, but the playing and the parts are so clever, so intricate and much cooler than I ever realised. Talk about playing for the song - but more.So I feel a bit silly for being soooooo late to this party! Elliot must rate right up there with Johnny Marr as one of the great guitarists of taste and style in the 80s. So much cleverer and more tasteful than hair-metal!