Joe Card first started writing songs seriously in his early 20s. Living in a flat above a funeral parlour in Hayes, West London he set about recording them on his Tascam multitrack recorder. Mercifully, very few of these recordings still exist. A little shy and modest (back in the day) Joe released the songs under the moniker Stolen Car (the name being coined after Joe's car was stolen twice in one week). Stolen Car developed from a solo troubadour, into a duo and then eventually into a six-piece folk-pop brigade. Members included Basia Bartz (violin), Ben Phillips (guitar), Aaron Griffiths (bass), Oli Leonard (drums) and Gemma Carroll (backing vocals). Their first studio recordings featured the songs 'Seventeen' and 'In The Morning', still regarded as one of Joe's finest pieces.
Joe's songwriting was becoming increasingly ambitious; the album All In The Game swerved from the pure pop of 'Elliott Sings Elvis', to the dreamy prog-rock of 'Desire Line', to all out punk-rock on 'You're Looking Pretty Good'. The addition of Brazilian lead guitarist Leon Maitreya's imaginative lead lines and Dee McGruddy's harmony singing created an intoxicating sound. The album finished with the lullaby 'Sweet Dreams' ; later the subject of a Phil Strongman video.
All In The Game remains one of the great undiscovered albums (Joe's words). The band imploded soon after (as all great bands do) and Joe Card set to work on his next record; this one released under his own name. Anything Goes features a mixture of previous Stolen Car collaborators as well as new musicians and confirms Joe's reputation as one of this country's brightest singer-songwriters.