Nirvana and The Smashing Pumpkins Cover The Cars

Nirvana and The Smashing Pumpkins Cover The Cars


The Cars are set to release Deluxe Editions of two of their most popular albums, 1981's Shake It Up and 1984's Heartbeat City, on March 30.

To celebrate, ILYOS have dug up the original videos for the hit singles off the albums,  including "Shake It Up" and "Drive". As a bonus we've found a few cool Cars covers - from Nirvana, the Smashing Pumpkins and The Strokes with Jarvis Cocker.

Shake It Up followed 1980's badly-received Panorama, which had followed the band's massive second album, Candy-O. Candy-O featured their first genuine Australian hit "Let's Go". It's worth noting that the Cars were a rare band who connected from the very start - their first album, simply titled The Cars, was a Top 20 hit in the US and got attention worldwide - but, as big as they became in Australia, that first album was only sneaked into the Top 40 here, and indeed the band was considerably bigger in the US throughout their career. Indeed they were big enough to have 5 hit singles of the one album and big enough to warrant their inclusion this year into the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame.

So Shake it Up was a serious return to form, and the title track reached #4 in the US, and #10 here.

Four albums in, and after touring Shake It Up in '81 and '82, the Cars took a break. They returned in '84 with the biggest album of their career, Heartbeat City, which featured a huge 5 Top 40 American singles. Let's check out a couple of 'em...

As big as they were, the Cars had a huge influence on subsequent generations of alternative artists. As we can see here. 

Nirvana "My Best Friends Girl" 

The Strokes with Jarvis Cocker "Just What I Need" 

Smashing Pumpkins "You're All I've Got Tonight" 

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