Music Video Friday: The Cars – You Might Think

Today’s video for Music Video Friday is You Might Think by The Cars.

Most every band has been MY FAVORITE for at least a little while. I change my mind a lot. I’m indecisive! Or am I? Anyway, I’ve always gone through phases with bands & The Cars were MY FAVORITE for about two months when I was seventeen. I haven’t really listened to them much since…

Although their later albums were the ones I should’ve liked more due to my age, I didn’t really go for those as much. Their first album, the self-titled The Cars from 1978, was & still is the best. Great songs on that one! Just What I Needed, Best Friend’s Girl, Good Times Roll, Moving In Stereo, You’re All I’ve Got Tonight… ! I kind of feel like digging out that CD. No, wait – I think I only have that on cassette. ūüė¶

You Might Think is from the 1984 album Heartbeat City and I’m sure everyone knows of the video as it was nominated for loads of awards. Actually, it won the very first MTV Video Of The Year award – I just read this at Wikipedia:

“The music video is one of the first videos to use computer graphics. The video features band leader Ric Ocasek and model Susan Gallagher in a series of encounters. You Might Think won the first MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year and was nominated for five more awards (best special effects, best art direction, viewer’s choice, best concept video, and most experimental video) at the 1984 MTV Video Music Awards.

Jeff Stein, and Alex Weil and Charlie Levi of VFX company Charlex, directed and produced the video. Danny Rosenberg and Bill Weber served both as editors and video engineers, Kevin Jones was the lighting director, Danny Ducovny the cinematographer and Bob Ryzner the art director. The video cost $80,000 to make which was almost triple the average music video budget of the time.”

Well, here’s the video just in case some of the younger bloggers here never saw this one. I also know that The Cars weren’t nearly as successful in the UK as in the US (most people in the UK will only know the song Drive as it was used in a montage of famine footage for Live Aid in 1985) so it’s possible that some of you in the UK still haven’t seen this video. Witness Ric Ocasek being the creepiest stalker EVER! And I just dig the girl’s excessive 80’s make-up. So much pink & purple! God I miss that decade…

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22 thoughts on “Music Video Friday: The Cars – You Might Think

    • Lol! That’s funny. Well, you’re young. I’m most definitely not a hipster since I was old enough to like them at the time. ; ) Although I can see them being a hipster thing now. Hmm….

  1. This video was on almost constant rotation on MTV in the 1980’s. Some other songs by them I like more: my Best Friend’s Girl, Just What I Needed, it’s Magic. Elliot Easton is one of the worlds most renowned guitarists. I heard him do an acoustic set at the Anaheim NAMM show. Incredible talent.

    • I know – I must have seen this video hundreds of times. I was obsessed with MTV back then! : ) Yeah, I like all those other songs a bit more. That’s cool that you saw him! I must admit that I never fully explored The Cars, though, and wouldn’t have been able to name anyone other than Ocasek…

  2. Best live show I ever saw. Cars at Madison Square Garden after the Greatest Hits was released with the one new song. Can’t remember but. Ric Ocasek was so on that night even the band was like damn. Great show.

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