Cars drive onto Rock Band

This week's DLC features the new-wave band's self-titled debut album, with nine tracks.

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The Cars merged new wave and rock music during the 22 years they were together, and now older gamers will be able to reminisce by strumming, drumming, and singing along to their first album.

The Cars, courtesy of mp3.com.

The band hailed from Boston and was formed in 1976. Their first album, simply called The Cars, came out in 1978. Unfortunately, the band's most famous hit, "Drive," isn't part of the download, given that the chart-topper wasn't released until 1984. The band split in 1988.

The tunes will be available for download on May 27, either individually for 160 Microsoft points each ($1.99, £1.33) or as an entire album for 1,200 Microsoft points ($14.99, £9.99)

The full album tracklist is as follows:

"Good Times Roll"
"My Best Friend's Girl"
"Just What I Needed"
"I'm in Touch With Your World"
"Don't Cha Stop"
"You're All I've Got Tonight"
"Bye Bye Love"
"Moving in Stereo"
"All Mixed Up"

Rock Band launches in Europe this Friday, May 23, and as promised, all of the content that has been available for download in North America is now live and waiting for Europeans to start downloading, according to Larry Hryb on his Major Nelson blog.

Highlights include "Call Me" by Blondie, "Don't Look Back in Anger" by Oasis, and "Truckin'" by Grateful Dead. From this week's European launch onward, new content for Rock Band is set to be simultaneously available in both regions every week, including The Cars' album.

Discussion

96 comments
Hello_Kitty_Man
Hello_Kitty_Man

Yeah Cars sure y not? But I'm still annoyed that there is no U2 coming out for Rock Band! COME ON YOU HAVE GUITAR SINGER BASS AND DRUMS!! U2 IS A PERFECT FIT! Which reminds me I made a character that looks exactly like The Edge (Guitarist from U2) on my friend's PS3! Maybe I'm just a little obsessed...

mrsnowy
mrsnowy

fuk all u guys who listen to gay ass modern music then complain when a rockin album comes out. That's kinda why the game is called ROCK BAND!!!!!!!

djkearse36
djkearse36

they should put on more modern music, the rock music that makes top 50 on itunes that everyone knows about!

DHGIV
DHGIV

Why the H*ll do they add artists that the majority of the population has probably never heard of before? What about that little group that you've probably heard of, y' know, Van Halen???!!!!!! I don't even own the game, or a system it is currently on!!! (yep, only thing i could afford was the Wii) It sounds to me as though I don't really want the game, because I want to at least play songs that I actually like AND know!!!!!!!

gellis1981
gellis1981

ahahaG ""never heard of the cars but im sure their music is alright. however, you all are hating on ace's music, but he listed AC/DC. and if you're calling AC/DC radio garbage then you need to go down the highway to hell and listen to your classic music more before talking. overall, cars could= alright content and a new album for sure"" How do you know AC/DC, but not The Cars?? You must be under 21 and born in the 90's.

missonrs
missonrs

always adding more music. When gh world tour comes out this will have like 300 songs for DLC.

den03
den03

Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne PUT THAT ON!!

Tru_Slayer
Tru_Slayer

The more music the better. People will complain no matter who the artiest is. No song is going to make every person that plays the game happy. Personally I'm just happy Harmonix is giving us the option to download more songs EVERY WEEK!

retrofraction12
retrofraction12

if only they had the song "cars" by fearfactory, origanaly by Gary Newman . that song rocked!

David_Kniffin
David_Kniffin

Wow, this was an interesting choice... I don't know if I'll get the whole album though. My PS3's HDD is filling up so fast with all these songs.

Warghost2k
Warghost2k

As much as I love Megadeth, Maiden, and other thrash metal bands....this is a great album, and it will get more people into Rock Band. I will buy this album, because most of these songs are true classics. Just give us a Megadeth album next time!! I WANT RUST IN PEACE!

adders99
adders99

i cant believe how long it has been out in america now and it hasnt launched here in AUS yet...

Muppet_Hunter
Muppet_Hunter

this is the best thing to happen to RB... just need some sort of key-tar for all the syths!

HelIWithoutSin
HelIWithoutSin

zachbateman, Number of the Beast by Iron Maiden is available for download, as well as a 3 song pack by Black Sabbath. They're pretty fun, you should pick them up. They're all covers though.

zachbateman
zachbateman

Cars?, what is that? ...where's Iron Maiden, Sabbath, and Megadeth???

NitaraPwnzU
NitaraPwnzU

Moving In Stereo + Phoebe Cates = One of the most Iconic scenes in movie history!! Fast Times at Ridgemont High with The Cars playing "Moving in Stereo" with Phoebe Cates in the pool scene goes down as one of the defining moments of 80's classic teen movies. This is a great selection by HMX. Many fond memories of that album

Pete5506
Pete5506

Sweet, I am so going to get this

ItsEvolution
ItsEvolution

Once again, Harmonix is stuck in 1981. Could we PLEASE get some more recent music?

HelIWithoutSin
HelIWithoutSin

devilscry, there's a 3 song Metallica pack on the online store respective to your console. It's really fun, you should pick it up.

devilscry
devilscry

yeah....another album, but of the cars? come on now. the DL songs on Rock Band have been slippin lately. What gives? wheres my Metallica???

Killermonkey97
Killermonkey97

The Cars are okay; if they didn't let commercials use their songs so much, I probably might be a little more excited. I'm satisfied, nevertheless; "Just What I Needed" was one of the songs that I hope would be on Guitar Hero, and it somewhat came true. But who am I kidding? I really want Nevermind on Rock Band.

KingSigy
KingSigy

This is a worthless addition to Rock Band. The Cars were awful in the 70's and nothing has propelled them to stardom now, not even the disaster known as Fallout Boy. Get rid of this Harmonix and give us "Who's Next" already!

jusducks6
jusducks6

love the Cars I'm for sure getting this album.

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

i hate mislewading titles. i thoguht some disney colab with mtv

revelations
revelations

You know what though, this is far better then the last album. I'm curious what the sales were for that album because everyone I knew really didn't care for it at all. Not even the singles. Man, Rock Band is awesome but so far the albums have been really odd.

HelIWithoutSin
HelIWithoutSin

RockmanZero0, I agree 100% with everything you've said. (Except with the not having the game part)

KyoKusanagi
KyoKusanagi

I believe the correct title should be "The Cars drive onto Rock Band." Awesome! I'd love to see more new wave and 80s hits in Rock Band! "Drive" is rather a synthesizer driven hit. It'd be awesome if somehow a keyboard/keytar could be added for Rock Band. I still have yet to get this game though. 70s and 80s new wave ftw!

destrozz
destrozz

I agree this might be my first album purchase on RB. Now please release Nervermind.

T070Y
T070Y

"Instant Classiqe"

MetalMan300
MetalMan300

nice. another sweet track pack for rock band. just curious sum1 online said that there is going to be a free disturbed song downloadable on the albums release date. Does anyone know if this is true?

anti-viper
anti-viper

Oh thank god! I thought they were going to add in a racing sim!

Travis281
Travis281

"This may be my first Rock Band album purchase." You say that as if we've had lots of albums to choose from.

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

This may be my first Rock Band album purchase. Definitely one of the better albums of its kind that year.

packr4
packr4

Music like this is considered classic, you think in the future they will have a classic radio station playing todays stuff? get real and enjoy the music we had.

star77241
star77241

If Cars refers to a band, shouldn't this article be titled Cars Drives onto Rockband?

ahahaG
ahahaG

never heard of the cars but im sure their music is alright. however, you all are hating on ace's music, but he listed AC/DC. and if you're calling AC/DC radio garbage then you need to go down the highway to hell and listen to your classic music more before talking. overall, cars could= alright content and a new album for sure

okassar
okassar

This is in terms of business, they want to appeal to a wide variety of customers so if someone happens to like Cars a lot they're going to buy their songs and Harmonix makes money...they don't care if the majority doesn't like the band.

The_AI
The_AI

Whoot! I love the Cars. Now get some Guns and Roses in there.

GrimGravy
GrimGravy

i second that ace you listen to some lame a$$ poser rock radio garbage. but to each his own.

ScottyMC69
ScottyMC69

Securing songs for use in these games is not simply a matter of contacting the artist and/or record label and getting the green light. The publisher of the song must grant a mechanical license to insure that copyright laws are not violated and that the artist's intellectual property rights are protected. The publisher is not necessarily the record company or the artist themselves. There are several legal and financial hurdles to be overcome before a song can be approved and released for use. There are probably songs and artists that you will never see/hear on these games because the artist simply will not allow it for whatever reasons. Sometimes the artist and/or publisher does not care to have the original version of the song placed in the game or certain parts of the deal could not be worked out and that is why a "cover band" must perform them; hence the "As Made Famous By" tag. It is not simply a matter of the game designers being lazy.

HelIWithoutSin
HelIWithoutSin

Dr_Corndog, "Drive" was their biggest hit in terms of chart position. It reached #2 or 3 I think.

Deactivation
Deactivation

Wow Ace, that's some nice terrible music you listed there. Let's hope EA doesn't take your advice.

Dr_Corndog
Dr_Corndog

"Drive" is their most famous hit? Um, I'm pretty sure "Just What I Needed" is. That's the one that's always played on the radio, anyway.

HelIWithoutSin
HelIWithoutSin

Couldn't they use a pic of the REAL Cars members with Ric Ocasek and Ben Orr in it?

SkellitonKiller
SkellitonKiller

Now they need some AC/DC, ZZ Top, Led Zeppelin, maybe some Hendrix and then I might start downloading more.

doorsofparadise
doorsofparadise

well the reason why they made this game was so a bunch of people could just get together and just play aka casual gamers and the DLC on the game for the most part isnt for the hardcore gamer with the exception of very few songs but i think we all know what songs those are