Let's go back to the late 70's, 1979 to be exact, with the crescent fresh sound of The Cars. After their first smash album simply called 'The Cars' the band outta Boston went with a more techno sound on the Candy-O follow up. Not many mainstream bands were sounding like this at the time although it certainly would become the norm in just two to three short years. Was it The Cars who gave some of the bands the cover to go ahead and take a chance on the heavy keyboard techno sound? Perhaps. Johnny does know that rarely does a band follow up a hugely successful album with one that pushes so many limits sound-wise and make such a departure from the sound everyone had become so familiar with.
The Cars also join the list of huge bands with more than one well placed lead singer. The Beatles had McCartney and Lennon, The Who have Townshend and Daltrey, The Clash had Strummer and Jones, Fleetwood Mac had Nicks and Buckingham and Christine McVie, The Eagles had Frey and Henley and Walsh, The Beach Boys had, well everyone, Pink Floyd had Gilmour and Waters while The Cars had Ric Ocasek and Benjamin Orr. That's not bad company to be in. We're not elevating The Cars to the levels of those other bands but it does show that not many bands proportionately can pull it off on any kind of big level, which The Cars certainly did.
Here's The Cars with 'Dangerous Type'