Watch The Car’s Last Performance Through “Just What I Needed”
via Rock & Roll Hall of Fame / Youtube
The Cars have the ability to make you sing along with their catchy hooks and their blend of new wave and classic rock. And by 2018, the band finally received the long-overdue recognition for their work when they were inducted at the prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Brandon Flowers, the lead singer of The Killers, was the one to officially induct them, and he spoke about how much The Cars influenced him as a young man.
“It was 1994, and I was a 13-year-old misfit kid living in a small town smack-dab in the middle of Utah,” Flowers said. “We’re talking no stop light small. We’re talking settle our differences at the water tower after school small. Sometimes, it even felt a little untouched by the previous four, five decades, like everything was still in black and white. My brother, Shane, had 12 years on me and the intuition to come and swoop me up on weekends. I’d stay at his house up in Spanish Fork, another thriving Utah metropolis about an hour’s drive up the I-15, and on those critical and impressionable rescue missions, he’d play me his music. There were a lot of great bands passed on to me by my brother, and there had been many more since, but The Cars were the first band I ever fell in love with, and you never forget your first.”
The Cars hadn’t played live together since their brief 12-show reunion tour in support of Move Like This in 2011. Not only that, but it was the group’s first public outing since their 1987 split. And in the RRHOF induction, the members were more than willing to enjoy the night, performing a four-song set which were: “My Best Friend’s Girl,” “You Might Think,” “Moving in Stereo” and “Just What I Needed.” To this day, it remains the only time the band got together and perform onstage.
Check out The Cars’ performance of “Just What I Needed” below.