The biggest mystery to me to this day is why they, a popular late-1970's/1980's Boston-based American synth/pop/rock/post-punk band of five New Wave men, were even called THE CARS? Ric Ocasek, born 1944 ( a pre-Boomer or Silent), died last year at 75, founder, frontman, chief lead vocals, chief songwriter, disinherited two of his sons and one of his ex-wives, the mother of those two sons, estate worth about 5.5 million Benjamin Orr, born 1947, died in 2000 at 53, co-founder, co-frontman, co-lead vocals, co-songwriter, bass player Greg Hawkes, born 1952, still active, keyboards, special electronic effects Elliot Easton, born 1953, still active, lead guitar, the "baby" of The Cars David Robinson, born 1949, still active, drums It's such a plain and simple bland-sounding name but their unique music (blending traditional past rock styles with futuristic electronic styles and quirky awkward lyrics) wasn't so simple, plain and bland. Their short, bare-bones namesake somewhat contradicts their complex musical style. It's a catchy name still. Where is the musical or band image connection to automobiles besides some of the album art? Have you seen an early 1970's Milkwood poster of Ric Ocasek and Benjamin Orr posing together with some plump-face white afro dude in the background? Ric looks so much better with the jet-black hair down over his flaring monkey ears and the mustache. Much more mature even. He should have kept that look through The Cars years. He kinda looks like Queen's Freddie Mercury in 1973. Maybe the "Cars" connection is that earlier 1973 "Mercury" look? Bad pun.