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As anticipation grows for The Cars' first new album in 24 years, frontman Ric Ocasek tells Rolling Stone that he doesn't think of the band's return as a reunion, "it's more like a conjunction." In a new interview with the magazine, Ocasek says, "I never thought I'd make another Cars record," he claims, citing "the past, personalities and [bassist Benjamin Orr]'s passing away"
But after writing some new songs last year, Ocasek says, "It dawned on me: 'What if I called the guys? They'll do the best job, because they already know the whole thing.'"
The new record Move Like This is due out May 10 on Hear Music and was recorded by Ocasek and fellow surviving Cars members David Robinson, Elliot Easton and keyboard player Greg Hawkes. Producer Jacknife Lee (R.E.M., U2) worked with the band on five songs, with the rest of the record self-produced.
Orr sang promiently on many of the Cars' biggest hits and Ocasek says, "I was aware that on half of the new songs, Ben would have done better than I did. But we never wanted anybody from the outside." In the studio, Hawkes played one of Orr's old basses. "Ben would have been there if he had been alive," Hawkes told Rolling Stone. "That's the only way we could think about it."
"I wouldn't mind doing more records," Ocasek said, but he is not planning a full tour. "This is not 'We're back, and you're gonna hear the hits. It might be fun to do a couple of shows."