OK, I’m not giving up hope on the Cars finally getting on the ballot for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame later this year, but maybe my RF3D “kiss of luck” translated to the release of new material instead. Guess that can’t hurt in the way of getting them deservedly back in the spotlight, though, so one things leads to the other. “Jacknife” Lee’s a helluva producer, too, so even without Ben Orr, still looking forward to the band adding some more greatness to the catalog.
“I was aware that on half of the new songs, Ben would have done better than I did,” Ocasek concedes. “But we never wanted anybody from the outside.” Orr was actually present, in spirit, at many sessions: Hawkes played one of his old basses, now owned by Robinson. “Ben would have been there if he had been alive,” Hawkes says. “That’s the only way we could think about it.”