The song titled Moving in Stereo, by The Cars on their 1978 album debut LP, was is a song for the ages! It must be in the top 10 songs to silent to on headphones. The other way I loved listening to it was when it was played by my childhood friends band in Brantford called Gemini!
I clearly remember watching these guys in my parents backyard performing for my little sister’s birthday party. It was the song that I thought they did the best while playing live.
They played it in a very simple but yet secure form. It was very tight from beginning to end. Their version of the song was very haunting and ominous-sounding, just like The Cars.
This song “travels” around your speaker system during the first set of verses and once during the middle of the song. Each channel is faded in/out, in order. It’s a cool effect when you’re in your car, as the sound moves from front right, to back right to back left to front left. Gemini didn’t have the same panning effects in their PA system or have that futuristic vocal effects, but it was true to the original form of the song.
They also had a strong resemblance to the Cars stage presence. Nicely done boys!
I recently saw a show that used it in one of it’s episodes. It was in an episode of Family Guy that rips off the Fast Times scene. Very funny stuff indeed! God I love that show.
So in case some of you out there have never heard of this song, check out the below video. This is a live version, so it does not represent the sound quality of the album, but you get the idea. When I listen to this song today, I can close my eyes and still see the band Gemini performing it at my little sister’s party!
Keep on Jammin’ Gemini where ever you are!