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A very melancholy song by The Cars, this is written from the perspective of a guy who's watching a woman (who he presumably used to date) "going down the tubes," trying to get her to take a hard look at what's going on in her life. (thanks, John - Washington, DC)
This was the Cars' highest-charting US single and their second-highest charting UK single, the highest being "My Best Friend's Girl."
In the UK, this hit #5 on its initial release. It was reissued one year later, and reached #4. The royalties from its reissue were donated to the Band Aid Trust.
Cars bass player Ben Orr sang lead on this one. Orr died of Pancreatic cancer in 2000. When he died, this was played in his honor at a memorial service at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
At the Live Aid concert, this was used as background music to film clips of famine stricken Africa.
The video was directed by a 23-year-old Timothy Hutton, who had won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the movie Ordinary People. Hutton aspired to direct, so when Ric Ocasek of The Cars suggested he do it, Hutton jumped at the chance.
Hutton's cast the Czechoslovakian model Paulina Porizkova as the female lead in the clip. Auditioning for the role was the first time she met Ocasek, who she married in 1989.
The Cars performed this on Saturday Night Live on May 12, 1984. (thanks, John - Colorado Springs, CO)
The Guns N' Roses rhythm guitarist in the early '90s, Gilby talks about the band's implosion and the side projects it spawned.