7-69589 Just What I Needed
Produced by Roy Thomas Baker
Released on June 1978
US CHART POSITION #27 (charted June 11, 1978 for 17 weeks) . . . UK CHART POSITION #17
Find it at GEMM
7-69589 w. company sleeve
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Y et another childhood treasure conscripted as a clarion call for consumerism. Just what I needed. This was the song that introduced The Cars to the world, as hearty a handshake as you’re likely to hear. From the imploding intro to the squiggly synthesizer at the end (shades of Steve Miller Band), “Just What I Needed” has just what it needs to succeed and not one note more. Hard to believe producer Roy Thomas Baker was associated with Queen, since The Cars were the anti-Queen: short and snappy, synthesizers from day one. Of course, Baker also served as an engineer on T. Rex’ Electric Warrior album, and who did short and snappy better than Marc Bolan?

TRACK LISTING

  1. JUST WHAT I NEEDED
  2. I'M IN TOUCH WITH YOUR WORLD

    US Elektra Spun Gold reissue
  3. JUST WHAT I NEEDED
  4. GOOD TIMES ROLL

    US 1985 7-inch single (Greatest Hits)
  5. TONIGHT SHE COMES    (Ric Ocasek)    3:52
  6. JUST WHAT I NEEDED    (Ric Ocasek)    3:44

CREDITS

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US June 1978 Elektra 7" E-45491  
US 1978 Elektra 7PRO E-45491 feat. A mono on flip
UK June 1978 Elektra 7"/7PIC K-12312 avail. as picture disc
US   Elektra Spun Gold 7" E-45119  
US November 1985 Elektra 7" 7-69589 B side of "Tonight She Comes"

 

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