Gary Numan performs "Cars" with an orchestra of actual cars.


29 Responses to “Gary Numan performs "Cars" with an orchestra of actual cars.”

  1. braininavat says:

    Nice synth Gary!

  2. Anonymous says:

    makes me simultaneously want to scream sell out and hear the entire car horn version

  3. Anonymous says:

    I can see I’m not the only geek who noticed that only the first engine took real effort, and from then out everyone was jumpstarting everyone else. The final car was being jumpstarted by all the rest simultaneously.

    But have you considered this as a metaphor for torrent propagation when you’re talking to someone who doesn’t know computers very well? I think it’s apt.

  4. Chang says:

    To quote Alexander the Great: FUCK YEAH~!

  5. GrumpySteen says:

    Even though I know enough about electronics to know that the commercial shows absolutely nothing special about the battery and I’m generally cynical about advertising, I still find myself thinking this ad is kinda awesome. I loved the song as a teenager, though, so maybe that’s not a surprise.

  6. ToddBradley says:

    Three cheers for Asperger’s!

  7. Anonymous says:

    meh, it’s a standard party piece for Formula One teams to play the national anthem with the F1 car’s engine.

  8. David Carroll says:

    It’s a very cute concept. But I would be a lot more impressed if they started 24 cars at the same time instead of one by one.

    I wonder if they auto-tuned the horns?

  9. jeffguevin says:

    Always tune your cars before a performance, Gary.

  10. Rob Beschizza says:

    Car horns can be physically tuned, so there’s no need.

  11. ScottTFrazer says:

    Yeah, when the second car is started, you can see the lights on the first one dim. It’s pulling the juice from the other cars from that point on.

    Still a fun idea, though.

  12. danwarning says:

    I love Gary’s “Hell Yeah, It Is” swagger

  13. Anonymous says:

    Maybe this will cut down on the number of people who think “Cars” was performed by The Cars.

  14. Boba Fett Diop says:

    I’m afraid to think what he’s planning to perform “Down In The Park” on.

    • Abelard Lindsay says:

      I’m afraid to think what he’s planning to perform “Down In The Park” on.

      That, or “Stormtrooper in Drag”

  15. dequeued says:

    That’s freaking awesome!

    Very clever marketing.

    Although, I can’t say it’s too impressive, because any fully charged battery should be able to sequentially start a car 24 times.
    Also, horns and lights use far less energy than a starter.
    And once the first car started, it’s alternator was feeding back into the circuit.

    Still very clever video though, and it had my full attention, so, good work.

  16. GrymRpr says:

    That was funny!

    +1 for creativity

  17. TimDrew says:

    Just be thankful it wasn’t “The Aircrash Bureau”

  18. Anonymous says:

    Clever marketing. At about :34 in there’s an amazing shot of the fog swirling around Gary.

  19. dw_funk says:

    I see your car battery commercial and raise you two Mighty Boosh clips, here and here.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Nice version (and commercial)
    fyi more versions of Cars can be found here:

  21. deejayqueue says:

    Came for the link to the Reggie Watts commercial. Didn’t see it, so I’ll just leave this here

  22. jporath says:

    This was put together by Syyn Labs (, the same guys who did the OK Go Rube Goldberg Machine video.

  23. ameta4 says:

    BTW, GARY NUMAN is performing the entire album ‘The Pleasure Principle’ in Seattle at Neumos this Halloween. (already bought my tickets)

  24. Anonymous says:

    for all gary fans (and if you aren’t one, you should be), he has a VERY rare north american tour coming soon!

    gonna go see the man at the masquerade!

  25. Ernunnos says:

    That’s the most metal thing I’ve seen today.

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