Dance Beats That Defined ’80s New Wave

“Just What I Needed” by The Cars

This American band had just the right offbeat pop hooks and synthy overtones to make them successful. Drummer David Robinson suggested the band’s name and laid down the groove on this early recording, though he was regrettably replaced on later hits by the ubiquitous drum machine that, by that time, had become an essential part of the genre’s sound. The intro is very sparse on this one and gradually grows to become the rhythmic foundation of the song.

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