I don’t mind you comin’ here And wastin’ all my time

Just What I Needed – The Cars (1978) FLAC Audio Remaster HD Video

“Just What I Needed” was released on The Cars’ eponymous debut album, in June of 1978. This was one of the great albums of the late seventies and we all listened to it constantly back in the day….such an insanely fresh and cool sounding record. Lots of seriously great parties come to mind when I think of this record! 😉

I worked the effects to the performance video quite awhile back, but even though I thought it would work straight without any extra edits or effects, I decided there was too many empty spaces and it needed some extra bits….filled in with the drummer clip and the (admittedly kinda cheesy! 😉 blowing perfume and ribbons….but the main thing is there is a really fine lossless track behind the video ….as usual your mileage will vary with the lip-sync….as with all the other performance vids I’ve tried to work to a high quality studio track, timing can be tricky because the speeds, and lyric delivery are often different. For the life of my I cannot figure out why it is that videos which are clearly synced correctly to audio so often become out of sync when viewed……i understand there can be lags when watching video streams, etc., but what I can’t understand is how the audio and video become out of sync when they are matched and locked in the original video? Anyone out there can help explain this would be awesome as I’m struggling to make sense of this fact.

Critically, the album was well received. AllMusic reviewer Greg Prato described it as “a genuine rock masterpiece”, and that “all nine tracks are new wave/rock classics” in their retrospective review. Prato continued, saying “With flawless performances, songwriting, and production (courtesy of Queen alumni Roy Thomas Baker), The Cars’ debut remains one of rock’s all-time classics.” Rolling Stone magazine critic Kit Rachlis said “The pop songs are wonderful,” continuing that “Easy and eccentric at the same time, all are potential hits.” Rachlis, however, said that ” The album comes apart only when it becomes arty and falls prey to producer Roy Thomas Baker’s lacquered sound and the group’s own penchant for electronic effects.” Rolling Stone also ranked the album No. 284 in its “500 Greatest Albums of All Time” list. Robert Christgau said, “Ric Ocasek writes catchy, hardheaded-to-coldhearted songs eased by wryly rhapsodic touches, the playing is tight and tough, and it all sounds wonderful on the radio. But though on a cut-by-cut basis Roy Thomas Baker’s production adds as much as it distracts, here’s hoping the records get rawer.”

David Robinson said in an interview that he “had designed a very different album cover [for The Cars] that cost $80.00 to design.” He continued, “I remember the price exactly. It was completely finished and everything, but it was a little more bizarre than the cover that they had in mind, so they changed some of it because of copyright problems and put it in as the inner sleeve. But I think that was way more how we envisioned who we were then.”

Unlike many of The Cars’ album covers, the cover for The Cars was designed by the record company, rather than drummer David Robinson. The cover was not well liked by the members of the band, however. Robinson said, “I thought that when the Elektra came out it was way too slick. The pictures of us I didn’t like.” Guitarist Elliot Easton expressed dislike for “that big grinning face,” saying, “Man, I got tired of that cover.”

The cover model is Natalya Medvedeva, a Russian-born model, singer, writer and journalist.

[Lyrics]
I don’t mind you comin’ here
And wastin’ all my time
‘Cause when you’re standin’, oh so near
I kinda lose my mind

It’s not the perfume that you wear
It’s not the ribbons in your hair
And I don’t mind you comin’ here
And wastin’ all my time

I don’t mind you hangin’ out
And talkin’ in your sleep
It doesn’t matter where you’ve been
As long as it was deep, yeah

You always knew to wear it well and
You look so fancy I can tell
I don’t mind you hangin’ out
And talkin’ in your sleep

I guess, you’re just what I needed
I needed someone to feed
I guess, you’re just what I needed
I needed someone to bleed

I don’t mind you comin’ here
And wastin’ all my time, time
‘Cause when you’re standin’, oh so near
I kinda lose my mind, yeah

It’s not the perfume that you wear
It’s not the ribbons in your hair
I don’t mind you comin’ here
And wastin’ all my time

I guess, you’re just what I needed
I needed someone to feed
I guess, you’re just what I needed
I needed someone to bleed

I guess, you’re just what I needed
I needed someone to feed
I guess, you’re just what I needed
I needed someone to bleed
Yeah, yeah, so bleed me

You’re just what I needed
You’re just what I needed
You’re just what I needed
Yeah, yeah, yeah

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