Niagara Falls (Greg Hawkes album)

Niagara Falls is the first solo album released by Greg Hawkes, best known as an original member of the Cars.[1] It was released in 1983 by Passport Records. Hawkes plays all instruments (with one exception—see below), with programmed drums and multiple layers of keyboard parts, as well as rhythm guitar. It was recorded at Syncro Sound, then The Cars's private recording studio. Tuneful and not overly experimental, it sounds (despite the instrumental nature of the material) very much like the Shake It Up era of The Cars.

Niagara Falls
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Studio album by
RecordedSyncro Sound, Boston
ProducerGreg Hawkes, Walter Turbitt
Greg Hawkes chronology
Niagara Falls
The Beatles Uke
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars [1]

"Jet Lag" and "Voyage Into Space" are the only tunes to feature lyrics: "Jet lag / It's a real drag" and "Voyage into space / Check out some other place"—sometimes processed through a vocoder. "Voyage Into Space" also features the artist's wife, Elaine Hawkes, on flute.

Hawkes would not release another solo album for 25 years. His second solo album, though also instrumental, was very different in sound than this, his first: The Beatles Uke (2005) featured Hawkes playing instrumental versions of Beatles songs on the ukulele.

Track listingEdit

  1. "Niagara Falls" (3:42)
  2. "Twenty-Seven Shirts" (3:55)
  3. "Ants in Your Pants" (3:12)
  4. "Llamas" (1:55)
  5. "The Missing Link" (1:50)
  6. "Block Party" (3:53)
  7. "Jet Lag" (3:00)
  8. "Beep Beep" (1:41)
  9. "Bee System" (4:31)
  10. "Voyage into Space" (3:34)
  11. "Let There Be Lights" (3:54)


  1. ^ a b Viglione, Joe. Niagara Falls at AllMusic. Retrieved March 2, 2014.