|Just What I Needed|
|Source||Rock Band Track Pack Vol. 2|
|Release||18 November 2008|
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Just What I Needed is a song by The Cars which 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)