The Cars featured on the cover of City Pages, as a tribute to our very first issue of Sweet Potato
Of course, this first issue of Sweet Potato carries heavy significance for us here at Gimme Noise and City Pages. Published by Tom Bartel, Sweet Potato transitioned to a biweekly music mag in 1980, then morphed into a weekly newspaper called City Pages on December 3, 1981.
To celebrate this slice of our paper's history, and to coincide with the release of the Cars' first album in 24 years and first ever performance at First Avenue next Tuesday, May 17, we caught up with all four surviving members of the band for an interview, and paid homage to that first issue of Sweet Potato on the cover of this week's paper.
Here is the original Cars cover, which ran on August 1, 1979:
And here is the cover of this week's print edition of City Pages, created using a similar color palette by our art director Mike Kooiman:
For a real blast from the past, we've also uploaded the original Cars piece by Dean Johnson that ran in the August 1, 1979 edition of Sweet Potato to our website. You can read that one here.