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Album: The CarsReleased: 1978
With lead vocals by Cars bass player Benjamin Orr, this song uses various studio production techniques to explore the stereo spectrum as the sound goes back and forth between the speakers. While it was never released as a single, the song was popular on rock radio stations and known as a great one to listen to through headphones.
The song draws parallels between manipulating a stereo recording and moving through life. It's a rare song where the word "tremolo" appears, which means manipulating a single note.
This was written by Cars singer/guitarist Ric Ocasek and keyboard player Greg Hawkes. It's one of the few songs Hawkes received songwriter credit on.
This was featured in the movie Fast Times At Ridgemont High
. The intro to this song is played during the unforgettable erotic scene where actress Phoebe Cates gets out the swimming pool, while actor Judge Rienhold "fulfills" his fantasy. Incidentally, this song is not included on the music soundtrack available for the film.