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"Cars and Girls" is a single by English pop band Prefab Sprout, released by Kitchenware Records in February 1988.[1] It was the first single taken from their album of that year, From Langley Park to Memphis. The single reached No. 44 in the UK Singles Chart, and spent five weeks on the chart.[2]

"Cars and Girls"
Single by Prefab Sprout
from the album From Langley Park to Memphis
ReleasedFebruary 1988
GenreNew wave, Indie pop
Songwriter(s)Paddy McAloon
Producer(s)Paddy McAloon
Prefab Sprout singles chronology
""Johnny Johnny"
"Cars and Girls"
""The King of Rock 'N' Roll""

The song is a critique of Bruce Springsteen's limited songwriting topics.[3] McAloon suggests that Springsteen's worldview is too restricted and that "some things hurt more, much more, than cars and girls".

The song's popularity is partly due to it being misinterpreted as a "driving song", leading it to appear on compilation albums such as Summer Cruisin' and Top Gear (a spin-off from the BBC Two motoring show of the same name).[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Overview by Jason Ankeny". Retrieved 5 December 2008.
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 433. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  3. ^ Strong, Martin C. (2000). The Great Rock Discography (5th ed.). Edinburgh: Mojo Books. p. 760. ISBN 1-84195-017-3.