The Cars "Heartbeat City" Album Came Out On This Day 1984

The Cars fifth studio album "Heartbeat City" was released on March 13, 1984. Spawning five Top 40 singles, "Heartbeat City," "Magic," "Hello Again," "You Might Think," and "Drive." Not only a big album for the band, but it led singer Ric Ocasek to meet his future wife. The video for "Drive" was directed by 23-year-old Timothy Hutton, who had won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the movie Ordinary People. Hutton aspired to direct, so when Ric Ocasek suggested he do it, Hutton jumped at the chance. Hutton cast the Czechoslovakian model Paulina Porizkova as the female lead in the clip. Auditioning for the role was the first time she met Ocasek, who she ended up marrying in 1989. The late Ben Orr provided the silky smooth vocals for the song. The album climbed the charts in the US to the number 3 position, helping the former house band of "The Rat" in Kenmore Square make their way into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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