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Today's ear X-tacy: The Cars let the "Good Times Roll"

The Cars
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Elektra Records

Today's ear X-tacy features a classic track or deep-cut from the Alternative era every weekday at 10:10.

It’s been called "one of the best side ones, track ones ever.”

Written and sung by The Cars lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Ric Ocasek, "Good Times Roll" was released as the third single from the band's debut album on February 20, 1979.

Ocasek wrote the song as a sarcastic commentary on the good times in rock music, saying, "That was my song about what the good times in rock 'n' roll really mean, instead of what they're supposed to be. It was kind of a parody of good times, really. It was kinda like not about good times at all.”

John is the mid-morning host on WFPK. Email John at jtimmons@lpm.org