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‘Moving in Stereo’ by the Cars – Classic Hit or Miss

“Moving in Stereo” appeared on their 1978 self-titled debut album. It was also released as the B-side of the band’s “My Best Friend’s Girl” single in 1978. It is one of the few Cars songs partially written by the band’s keyboardist, Greg Hawkes.

The song was notable for its use in the 1982 film Fast Times at Ridgemont High, where it accompanied Judge Reinhold’s fantasy of Phoebe Cates removing her bikini top while walking toward him. It has also been featured in TV parodies of that scene. While the song was in the movie, it was not included on the soundtrack album released by Asylum Records, coincidentally a sister label to Elektra. It has since been featured or parodied in several films and television shows.

While not released as a single and not documented on any Billboard chart, the song has received widespread airplay on American FM rock radio stations.

In the context of most copies of the original album, “Moving in Stereo” segues somewhat seamlessly and gently into the final track “All Mixed Up”, with no dead space between the songs. AOR and classic rock radio stations often play both songs together as one selection. Both songs featured bass guitarist Benjamin Orr on lead vocals.

It was a hit back in the day, how about today?


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