You Might Think

"You Might Think" is a 1984 single by the Cars from their fifth studio album, Heartbeat City. The track was written by Ric Ocasek and produced by Mutt Lange and the Cars, with Ocasek also providing the lead vocals.

"You Might Think"
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Single by the Cars
from the album Heartbeat City
ReleasedMarch 13, 1984 (US)
November 1984 (UK)
LabelElektra 69744
Songwriter(s)Ric Ocasek
Producer(s)Robert John "Mutt" Lange, the Cars
The Cars US singles chronology
"Victim of Love"
"You Might Think"
The Cars UK singles chronology
"Think It Over"
"You Might Think"

The track was the first single to be released from Heartbeat City. "You Might Think" peaked at #7 in the U.S. and #8 in Canada. It also peaked at #1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart in the U.S., the first song by the band to do so. In the UK, the song reached #88 on the pop charts. It was featured heavily, and served as a plot device, in the American television series BrainDead.

Music videoEdit

The music video is one of the first to use computer graphics. The video features band leader Ric Ocasek and model Susan Gallagher in a series of quirky encounters.[2] Ocasek appears in her bathroom mirror, inside a large periscope that pops up in her bathtub, in her mouth, as a fly, as King Kong on top of the Empire State Building and as the Robot Monster, among other incarnations. The rest of the band appears together and separately throughout the video; after they all appear in the movie-theater scene, keyboardist Greg Hawkes plays the dentist in the scene in which Ocasek is jackhammering a tooth in the girl's mouth. In the King Kong scene, the other 3 members, guitarist Elliot Easton, bassist Benjamin Orr and drummer David Robinson, are paired off in the 2 planes flying around Ocasek.

"You Might Think" won the first MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year and was nominated for 5 more awards (Best Special Effects, Best Art Direction, Viewer's Choice, Best Concept Video and Most Experimental Video) at the 1984 MTV Video Music Awards. The video also won 5 awards (Best Video, Best Conceptual, Most Innovative, Best Editing and Best Special Effects)[3] at Billboard's 1984 Video Music Awards and 4 awards (Best Achievement In Music Video, Best Editing In Music Video, Best Engineering In Music Video and Best Camerawork In Music Video) at the Videotape Production Association's 1985 Monitor Awards.[4]

Robin Sloane of Elektra Records creative directed the video after director Jeff Stein (of the Who's The Kids Are Alright) showed her samples from New-York-based visual-effects company Charlex. The firm was nationally known for the innovative weekly advertisements that it was producing the National Enquirer. The commercials featured the first use of the Quantel Paintbox, the first tool for artists to use directly on the video screen. Stein, along with Charlex founders Alex Weil and Charlie Levi, directed and produced the video. Danny Rosenberg and Bill Weber served both as editors and video engineers, Kevin Jones was the lighting director, Danny Ducovny the cinematographer and Bob Ryzner the art director.[5][6] The video cost $80,000 to produce, which was almost triple the average music-video budget of the time.[7]

Track ListingEdit

  • 7"
  1. "You Might Think"
  2. "Heartbeat City"
  • 12"
  1. "You Might Think"
  2. "Let's Go"
  3. "I Refuse"



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  3. ^ Billboard vol. 96 no. 47 (November 24, 1984), p. 1
  4. ^ Billboard vol. 97 no. 27 (July 6, 1985), p. 48
  5. ^ Heartbeat City video compilation, Warner Home Video, 1984
  6. ^ Billboard vol. 97 no. 20 (May 18, 1985), p. 32
  7. ^ "Channel Frederator Blog - Charlex & Jeff Stein: "You Might Think"". Frederator Blogs. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
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