New, not improved: 14 disastrous revamps

The New Cars

When Ric Ocasek declined to join his old bandmates Elliot Easton and Greg Hawkes in a Cars reunion tour, the old Cars recruited an odd replacement: power-pop iconoclast Todd Rundgren, whose voice and style is so distinctive that the makeshift supergroup could just as easily have been called The New Utopia—especially since Rundgren brought in his own drummer and bassist to replace the non-participating David Robinson and the late Ben Orr. The New Cars embarked on a world tour performing the original band’s biggest hits, then released an album, It’s Alive!, combining live recordings with a few new songs. The fresh material wasn’t half-bad, but as for the old stuff? Well, to quote Rundgren on his commitment to the group: “It’s an opportunity for me to pay my bills.”

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