“Just What I Needed”, like many other tracks on The Cars, originated as a demo tape recorded by the band in 1977. This song first appeared in 1977 on Boston radio stations WCOZ and WBCN from the said demo tape, along with its future follow-up single “My Best Friend’s Girl“. Shortly thereafter, it became one of the stations’ most requested songs.
The opening riff of “Just What I Needed” was borrowed from “Yummy Yummy Yummy“, a song by the Ohio Express. It also features a prominent keyboard riff performed by Greg Hawkes. The song was sung by the Cars’ bassist Benjamin Orr.
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