Change No Change (1985) is another one of my "time capsule" albums (see 4/21 entry). When I was a freshman in Duluth living in the dorms, there was this guy across the hall (Terry) who was a Cars fanatic. If it weren't for Terry (who would become a roommate the following year), I probably would never have heard this record, but as it was I heard it a lot. It's a great album, and as I listen to it now I wonder, as I did back in 1985, why Easton wasn't a more prominent member of The Cars. The songs on Change No Change are every bit as good as the songs on Benjamin Orr's 1986 solo album (which got a lot more attention and airplay).
When sophomore year ended I moved back to Minneapolis and never heard Change No Change again, until this afternoon when I found this handsome copy at the thrift store for 80 cents. Before playing it I only recalled a couple tracks by title ("Tools of Your Labor" and "(Wearing Down) Like a Wheel"), but upon listening I instantly recognized every song, each sounding just like it did the last time I heard it 22 years ago. Music is a powerful thing.
"(Wearing down) Like A Wheel"