The Trucks, a Cars tribute band, play Infinity Hall April 14

April 3, 2018 GMT

John Lennon said it right about The Cars’ tune “Touch and Go”: “A lot of it is ’50s stuff. But with ’80s styling.”

In an era when disco was dying and punk was spitting its craggy-cool angst, The Cars provided a straight-up rock sound with irresistable hooks, Ric Ocasek’s distinctive vocals and a cool, detached look.

Short, tight songs such as “Just What I Needed,” “You’re All I’ve Got Tonight,” “Shake It Up,” “Good Times Roll” and “You Might Think” were well-suited to hit radio. If you listened to a lot of radio in the early 1980s, in fact, you might still think of the songs as overplayed to the point of no return. But if you go back in these days and listen closely, you realize they’re pretty great and timeless songs. “Magic,” even.

Which is the point of the tribute group The Trucks, and that appreciation of The Cars will be in evidence at Hartford’s Infinity Hall Saturday, April 14, when The Trucks put their tri-state area band in “Drive” (another Cars hit, of course). And you can return to the early ’80s for another spin around a distinctive soundscape.

Infinity Hall, 32 Front St., Hartford. Sunday, April 14, 8 p.m. $44-$19. 860-560-7757. Infinityhall.com