Friday Song: “You Might Think”

A pop masterpiece, this was also a breakthrough in computer video design and production

Released in 1984 as the first single from the Cars’ Heartbeat City album, “You Might Think” won the first-ever Video of the Year award at MTV’s Video Music Awards, beating out “Thriller” by Michael Jackson and Herbie Hancock’s “Rockit,” among others.

It was also the band’s first song to reach #1 on the Mainstream Rock charts. It peaked at #7 on the Billboard charts overall.

The album was certified 4x Platinum, and spawned other durable hits like “Drive” and “Magic.”

The video for “You Might Think” was one of the first to use computerized visual effects, with singer/guitarist/songwriter Ric Ocasek’s image popping up as a fly or climbing the Empire State Building to get the attention of the girl (played by model Susan Gallagher).

The album was produced by Mutt Lange, who worked with Def Leppard and AC/DC, and who was married to Shania Twain for a long spell (producing her records as well).

A landmark in computer video production, the song is pure pop pleasure.


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