One of the most appealing elements of the Cars' sound is that their combination of garage band energy and new wave cool makes their best work feel classically styled and forward-thinking all at once. A great example of this unique dichotomy is their debut single, "Just What I Needed." Ric Ocasek's deadpan lyrics turn the love ode format inside out by damning the object of his affections with faint praise: "I don't mind you standing here/And wasting all my time/Cause when you're standing oh so near/I kind of lose my mind." This ambivalent tone takes a more sinister edge on the chorus with lines like "I guess you're just what I needed/I needed someone to bleed." The song's melody delivers the goods in rocking style, contrasting mid-tempo verses whose notes slowly rise to build tension with an emphatic chorus that releases this tension in declamatory style. It's a clever pop song but the Cars' stellar performance really puts it over the top: Elliot Easton's fiery guitar leads duel with Greg Hawkes' icy synth lines over a throbbing pop/rock backbeat while Benjamin Orr lays down a fey, detached vocal that captures the sarcastic edge of the lyrics with skill. "Just What I Needed" further benefits from a stylish Roy Thomas Baker production that balances all these elements into a punchy yet crystal-clear soundscape that made it perfect for blasting out of a car stereo. It got frequent radio play as a result and became a Top 30 pop hit (not bad for a debut single). "Just What I Needed" remains a staple track on classic rock radio and can frequently be heard at dance clubs that have "new wave" nights.