From: ‘The Cars’ (1978)
The Cars’ first single was also one of the songs that helped the band get signed to Elektra Records. In fact, the demo version became an often-requested local hit on Boston radio in 1977, a year prior to an official release. Ric Ocasek wrote ‘Just What I Needed,’ but it is bassist Benjamin Orr who sang it with too-cool-for-school detachment. The combination of Elliot Easton’s crisp riffage with Greg Hawkes’s candy-coated synths would create a signature sound for the Cars, as well as a lot of ’80s power pop.