- Was the lead singer, songwriter and rhythm guitarist for New Wave pioneers the Cars, who released six albums during their 1976 to '88 run.
- Made his solo debut with the album Beatitude, released by Geffen Records in 1982.
- Met wife Paulina Porizkova in 1984, when she starred in the Cars' video for their smash single "Drive."
- Had a bit part in the 1987 film Made in Heaven and a cameo in the original Hairspray (1988).
- Declined to participate when some members of his old group reunited in 2006 as the New Cars, but gave permission for Todd Rundgren to replace him as front man.
- Has produced albums for a number of prominent rock acts, including Bad Brains, Bad Religion, Guided by Voices and Weezer.