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2006-03-14 17:21:38

By Dean Goodman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Two former members of the defunct new wave rock band the Cars have refueled the group, installing singer-songwriter Todd Rundgren in the driver's seat and will hit the road as the New Cars, they said on Tuesday. The new model, featuring Cars lead guitarist Elliot Easton and keyboardist Greg Hawkes, will be accompanied on tour by fellow classic pop refugees Blondie, who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Monday amid a tense...

2006-03-14 13:05:22

By Dean Goodman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Two former members of the defunct new wave rock band the Cars have refueled the group, installing singer-songwriter Todd Rundgren in the driver's seat and will hit the road as the New Cars, they announced on Tuesday. The new model, featuring Cars lead guitarist Elliot Easton and keyboardist Greg Hawkes, will be accompanied on tour by fellow classic pop refugees Blondie, who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Monday. Absent...

2005-11-21 14:39:42

By Jonathan Cohen NEW YORK (Billboard) - Cars principals Elliot Easton and Greg Hawkes are teaming with veteran singer/songwriter Todd Rundgren in a new incarnation of pioneering new wave rock act the Cars, which will tour and possibly record an album next year. Rundgren will step in for Cars frontman Ric Ocasek, who has no plans to participate in the project. Cars bassist/vocalist Ben Orr died of cancer in 2000. The original band split up in early 1988, after a 12-year-career that...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'