Ric Ocasek reaches out to The Cars for new album 

A few years ago, when we were speaking to Ric Ocasek about his latest solo project, the loss of his late Cars bandmate was still fresh, and he swore that he just couldn’t bring himself to reform the legendary combo, even though the other surviving members had been eager for a reunion for years.

Times change.

With Todd Rundgren (?!) filling Ocasek’s role, the band toured anyway. And Ocasek, meanwhile, had composed an album’s worth of edgy new material that didn’t have an aesthetic home. Envisioning it performed by The Cars, he reached out to his old pals, Greg Hawkes, Elliot Easton and David Robinson, and everyone agreed that they should get back on track.

The result — “Move Like This,” out May 10 on Hear Music/Concord Music Group — is like The Cars never motored off into the sunset. Lead single “Sad Song” is already out, just to whet your appetite. And they didn’t take any half-hearted, trot-out-the-catalog-hits approach, either — they recruited red-hot producer Garret “Jacknife” Lee, fresh off the latest R.E.M. album, and co-anchored “Move” with him. And they’re not sitting around, resting on their laurels. The Cars are officially moving in stereo on a stateside tour that brings them to the Fox Theater in Oakland on May 13.

For more information, visit www.thecars.org.

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