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Watch the Cars Perform "Just What I Needed" at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Elliot Easton performs with the Cars Saturday night at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

Elliot Easton performs with the Cars Saturday night at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. (Image credit: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)

The Cars—a genre-bending quintet that sold millions of albums during their heyday, the late Seventies through the Eighties—were among the honorees at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cleveland this past Saturday night.

All five original members—singer/guitarist Ric Ocasek, lead guitarist Elliot Easton, keyboardist Greg Hawkes, drummer David Robinson and late bassist Benjamin Orr—were included in the induction. Orr, who sang some of band's best-loved songs, including “Just What I Needed,” died in 2000 at age 53.

“New Wave, Post Punk, Power Pop—tonight, they’re all riding together into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame," said the Killers' Brandon Flowers, who introduced the band. "On the back of what is now established as one of the greatest debut albums ever made, the Cars were named 'Best New Artist' in the 1978 Rolling Stone Readers Poll. Forty years later, they still sound like a new band to me.”

As if out to prove Flowers correct, the Cars—whose lineup was bolstered by Weezer bassist Scott Shriner for the occasion—ran through a handful of hits, including “You Might Think,” “My Best Friend’s Girl,” “Moving in Stereo” and “Just What I Needed.” You can check out “Just What I Needed” above. Below, you'll find "My Best Friend's Girl," "You Might Think" and the band's lengthy but heartfelt "thank you" speech.

The Cars have been eligible to join the Hall since 2004; they were previously nominated in 2016 and 2017. Besides the Cars, this year's nominated acts included the Moody Blues, Dire Straits, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Bon Jovi.

Damian Fanelli

Damian is editor-in-chief of Guitar World magazine. From 1998 to 2014, he was one third of Mister Neutron, an instrumental rock act that toured the universe and elsewhere and released three albums via Austin-based Deep Eddy Records. These days he performs with several New York City-area bands and can often be spotted with one of his many, many, many B-bender-equipped guitars. In past lives he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor – and he still can’t believe he got to write the liner notes for the latest SRV box set.