Cars and Girls

Infobox Single
Name = Cars and Girls


Artist = Prefab Sprout
Recorded = 1988
Genre = Pop music/Rock music
B-side = Vendetta Nero the Zero (12" only)
Length = 4' 24"
Record label = Kitchenware Records
Writer = Paddy McAloon
Producer = Paddy McAloon
Chart position =

  • #44 United Kingdom

"Cars and Girls" is a single released by the British rock group Prefab Sprout in 1988. It was the first single taken from their album of that year, "From Langley Park to Memphis", and is one of their best-known songs, despite its comparatively low chart placing.

The song is a response to Bruce Springsteen's perceived lyrical style. McAloon suggests that Springsteen's lyrical worldview is too narrow and that "some things hurt more, much more, than cars and girls". Ironically, the song's popularity is partly due to it being misinterpreted as a "driving song", leading it to appear on compilations such as "Summer Cruisin'" and "Top Gear" (a spin-off from the TV motoring show of the same name).


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