The Cars, the members of the band began coming together in several early
forms. Ric Ocasek and Ben Orr were the first to meet at a party in
Columbus, Ohio and they began performing as a duo, covering rock 'n roll
classics as well as performing their own material. They refused to to the
same old Top 40 routine that club owners expected of a young band.
After deciding that Boston would be a better place to break into the music
business, Ric Ocasek and Benjamin Orr relocated there. It was here that
they met Greg Hawkes, who had studied at Berklee, and the three were the
first to work together in a folk band called Milkwood. They put out one
album entitled "How's the Weather". It's very different from
what then became the Cars in both the look and the music. The look...Richard Otcasek and
Ben Orzechowski (as they were back then) along
with Jas Goodkind, another member, were shown on the album's cover; Ric
and Ben both have an image resembling mountain men, including long hair
and moustaches and are almost unrecognizable.