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Door to Door is the sixth studio album by the American rock band the Cars. It was released in 1987 on Elektra Records.

Door to Door
The Cars - Door to Door.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 25, 1987
RecordedApril–May 1987
GenreDance-rock, rock, punk rock, hard rock, new wave[1]
ProducerRic Ocasek, Greg Hawkes
The Cars chronology
Greatest Hits
Door to Door
Just What I Needed: The Cars Anthology
Singles from Door to Door
  1. "You Are the Girl"
    Released: August 1987
  2. "Strap Me In"
    Released: October 19, 1987
  3. "Coming Up You"
    Released: January 1988
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2.5/5 stars [2]



Door to Door was the group's last studio album before they disbanded in 1988. It was also the last Cars record to feature Benjamin Orr before his death in 2000. The band would not release another studio album until 2011's Move Like This.

Although by 1987 the Cars had reached the heights of superstardom, their last few albums had relied heavily on studio tricks and machines; this album was an attempt to move back to the group's original roots. For example, where the previous album, Heartbeat City, extensively used sampled and sequenced drums (a move that had somewhat alienated drummer David Robinson), this album returned to having Robinson performing the drums in the studio, often simultaneously with other members.

During a writing jam session, the band began to play "Ta Ta Wayo Wayo", a song from their earliest days together. It had never been recorded in the studio, except as a demo in 1977. They enjoyed the tune so much that the 1987 version of the song made it onto the album. The opening track, "Leave or Stay", also was originally a 1977 demo that was not properly recorded until Door to Door, although they had often played the song live in the band's early days.[3] Both tracks had their respective 1977 demo versions eventually issued on the 1995 compilation Just What I Needed: The Cars Anthology.

While the original album bears the credit "Produced by Ric Ocasek", individual tracks from this record that appear on various Cars compilations bear the credit "Produced by Ric Ocasek and Greg Hawkes".

The lead single of the album, "You Are the Girl", reached number #17 on the Billboard 100 as well as reaching number #2 on the rock charts. The follow-up single, "Strap Me In", only scraped into the top 100 peaking at #85, although it was much more successful on the rock charts, where it reached #4. The final single released, "Coming Up You", peaked at 74 on the charts and was also a moderate hit on the adult contemporary charts.

Track listingEdit

All tracks written by Ric Ocasek except where noted.

Side one
1."Leave or Stay"Ocasek2:55
2."You Are the Girl"Ocasek/Orr3:52
3."Double Trouble"Orr4:14
4."Fine Line"Ocasek5:22
5."Everything You Say"Orr4:52
6."Ta Ta Wayo Wayo"Ocasek2:52
Side two
7."Strap Me In"Ocasek4:22
8."Coming Up You"Orr4:18
9."Wound Up on You"Ocasek5:02
10."Go Away" (Greg Hawkes, Ocasek)Orr4:38
11."Door to Door"Ocasek3:17


The CarsEdit


  • Arranged by The Cars
  • Produced by Ric Ocasek; co-produced by Greg Hawkes
  • Recorded, Engineered & Mixed by Joe Barbaria
  • Second Engineer: Jamie Chaleff
  • Additional Recording & Mix Engineering by Brian Sklarz, David Heglmeier & Tracy Wiener
  • Mastered by Stephen Innocenzi (CD) & George Marino (LP)


Weekly chartsEdit

Year Chart Peak
1987-1988 The Billboard 200 26[4]


Year Single Chart Peak
1987 "Strap Me In" Mainstream Rock Tracks 4
1987 "Strap Me In" The Billboard Hot 100 85
1987 "You Are the Girl" Adult Contemporary 12
1987 "You Are the Girl" Mainstream Rock Tracks 2
1987 "You Are the Girl" The Billboard Hot 100 17
1987 "Double Trouble" Mainstream Rock Tracks 42
1988 "Coming Up You" The Billboard Hot 100 74
1988 "Coming Up You" Adult Contemporary 37


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  2. ^ Door to Door at AllMusic
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  4. ^ "Album Search for "door to door"".


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