Just What I Needed
The Cars
The Cars
The Cars
Family Friendly
Released 1978
Genre Rock
Language English
Source Rock Band Track Pack Vol. 2
Available November 18, 2008 (Pack)
Playable in
Rock Band
Rock Band 2
Rock Band 3
Rock Band Blitz
Lego Rock Band
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Basic Pro
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Male singer
3-part Harmonies

Just What I Needed is a song by The Cars whic established them as one of New Wave's leading hitmakers and helped get them a deal with Elektra Records.

Lead vocals were by bass player Ben Orr, but it was written by lead singer/guitarist Ric Ocasek. Orr died of Pancreatic cancer in 2000.

Ocasek wrote this in a basement at a commune in Newton, Massachusetts where he lived.

The 2-track demo recorded by the band became the most-requested song by a local band in the history of WBCN, a popular rock station in Boston.

This was the group's first single. The Cars evolved from a trio called Milkwood.

The group's manager took the Cars' demo tape to two Boston radio stations and got it regular airplay before the group re-recorded it and released this as a single.

Seven years after it was first released, this made its second appearance on a single - this time as the B-side of the Cars' last Top 10 hit, "Tonight She Comes." (thanks, Brad Wind - Miami, FL, for above 3)

This song was used in the opening credits of the Oscar winning film Boys Don't Cry starring Hillary Swank. (thanks, Melania - Moscow)

This was used in Circuit City ads when the electronics store used the slogan, "Just What I Needed." (thanks, Eric - Suffern, NY)