Elliot Gilbert on his work with The Cars, Tom Waits, Van Halen and The Motels

When I started planning interviews for Cover Our Tracks, the first image that came to mind was the face that appeared on The Cars' 1978 self-titled debut. The photo - one we all know - features a deliriously beautiful woman behind a clear steering wheel - she's wearing a wide smile with her head thrown back, her nails and lips are so vibrantly red that she appears to be exploding out of the cover. Maybe it was a tad unoriginal, considering The Cars cover was everywhere when a lot of us were growing up. But for album art enthusiasts, it hits all the right notes. In one way the image feels familiar, recalling the glamazons featured on the decadent Roxy Music covers of the seventies. In another

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