My Best Friend’s Girl – The Cars – 1978

The Cars - My Best Friends Girl - 1978A little bit of rockabilly, a little bit of punk, a little bit of rock ‘n’ roll – The Cars’ 1978 hit, My Best Friend’s Girl.

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The Cars hit the music scene running in 1978 when their self-titled debut album went platinum.

It all began with a 1977 demo version of Just What I Needed.  It was sent to a Boston radio DJ who put it on high rotation on his radio show. Elektra records heard it, signed the band and… the rest is historical.

the todd rundgren connection

The Cars broke up in 1988. Ric Ocasek saying they would reunite. Then, in 2000, the band’s bass guitarist, Benjamin Orr died from pancreatic cancer. Five years later, band members Greg Hawkes and Elliot Easton joined with Todd Rundgren to form The New Cars, touring and performing songs by The Cars and by Todd. In 2010, the other band members joined in.

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  • My Best Friend’s Girl was written by Ric Ocasek and appears on The Cars 1978 self-titled debut album.
  • My Best Friend’s Girl was the second single from the album – following on from Just What I Needed.
  • My Best Friend’s Girl hit #3 on the UK singles chart but only made it to #35 on the US singles chart.
  • The New Cars included a live version of the song on their 2006 debut album, It’s Alive!
  • My Best Friend’s Girl was the first picture disc commercially available in the UK.
  • My Best Friend’s Girl has been covered by Nirvana and The Choirboys.
  • My Best Friend’s Girl lyrics.

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2 Responses to My Best Friend’s Girl – The Cars – 1978

  1. Marie says:

    I’m surprised it only made it to #35 on the US charts – it seems like it played non-stop! Did not know about the Rundgren connection. Good post – thanks!

    • Greg.K. says:

      Yep, the sure thrashed it! Still do on some stations! 🙂 I thought it was their best song – didn’t really go for their music.’
      I didn’t know about Todd either. He’s a legend! Touring with Ringo Starr these days.

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