Ric Ocasek, From 80's New Wave Band The Cars Has Died


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Via:  john-russell  •  last year  •  23 comments

Ric Ocasek, From 80's New Wave Band The Cars Has Died

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(CNN)Ric Ocasek, lead singer of the new wave rock band The Cars, died Sunday in New York City, police said. He was 75.


The New York Police Department received a call around 4 p.m. "for an unconscious male" at a townhouse on East 19th Street, the Office of the Deputy Commissioner, Public Information told CNN.

Ocasek, whose identity was confirmed by police, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Cars became hugely popular in the late 1970s and early 80s with hits including "My Best Friend's Girl" and "Drive."

The Cars were a mainstay of MTV in its early days. Their video for "Double Life" was the 21st video ever played on the new cable channel, according to   VH1 .

Ocasek married supermodel Paulina Porizkova after the two met while shooting the video for 1984's "Drive." The couple last year   announced their separation . They had two children together.

He was known for his mop of black hair and black sunglasses, which featured in many of the band's videos, including "You Might Think" in 1984.

Ocasek and The Cars were   inducted   into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2018.

"(T)he Cars were the ultimate New Wave dream machine: a hook-savvy super-charged quintet that fused 60s pop, 70s glam and avant-rock minimalism into a decade of dashboard-radio nirvana," the band's biography reads on the Hall of Fame website.

The band had 13 Top 40 singles and four Top 10 LPs, according to the biography.

Ocasek founded the group in 1976, the biography said.

A demo tape of one of the band's first songs, "Just What I Needed," was so popular on two Boston radio stations that the band caught the attention of record companies, according to a Contemporary Musicians   biography .

Ocasek was the band's main song writer and also played rhythm guitar.


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1  seeder  JohnRussell    last year

RIP. LIked their music a lot. 

Ocasek did not sing lead on Drive , but he did write the song. 

1.1  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  JohnRussell @1    last year

Ocasek married   Paulina Porizkova . the model in this iconic video. 

2  seeder  JohnRussell    last year

Trout Giggles
2.1  Trout Giggles  replied to  JohnRussell @2    last year

This is my favorite Car's song

Vic Eldred
3  Vic Eldred    last year

They certainly didn't have a wide audience and I wasn't part of it, but John if they made you happy, they deserve to be remembered. "It's all I can do."

3.1  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Vic Eldred @3    last year

Vic, I was not a new waver. I have often posted obit type articles when celebrities die. 

I do like the two songs I posted videos for here though. 

Vic Eldred
3.1.1  Vic Eldred  replied to  JohnRussell @3.1    last year
Vic, I was not a new waver.

I'm with ya. Music took on a lot of new directions in the late 60's & early 70's - they are what I would classify as noise.

3.1.2  Tessylo  replied to  JohnRussell @3.1    last year

What is a new waver?  No offense but they were kind of a middle of the road rock and roll band.  

They were a good band but not so much so on stage.  I saw them back in the day and I was not impressed.  They basically just sang their songs.  Didn't really speak to the audience or anything.  

I was always a fan of their music and still am.  

Of course they had a wide audience and they were popular in the late 70's and 80's.  

Sparty On
3.1.3  Sparty On  replied to  Vic Eldred @3.1.1    last year

To each their own.  

I liked them but then again i listen to everything from Classical to Punk Rock back then.   Still do with the stuff i like.

And they were VERY popular back in the late 70's and early 80's.   Very popular.

Sparty On
3.1.4  Sparty On  replied to  Tessylo @3.1.2    last year

They were clearly classified as a "New Wave, Rock n Roll" fusion band.

That said i saw them once and agree.   They did not put on a very good show at the concert i saw either.

3.2  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Vic Eldred @3    last year
They certainly didn't have a wide audience
The Cars became hugely popular in the late 1970s and early 80s with hits including "My Best Friend's Girl" and "Drive."
The band had 13 Top 40 singles and four Top 10 LPs, according to the biography.
I guess it depends on what you want to call a wide audience. 

4  r.t..b...    last year

Ocasek had the cool factor many try to manufacture but few can pull off. The Cars were original...again hard to pull off. Saw them perform once on their debut tour opening for Heart and Ted Nugent and I remember their set stealing the show. Still relevant and on many playlists today...his legacy is secure. Gawd I'm old.

4.1  1stwarrior  replied to  r.t..b... @4    last year

You think you're old???  Hell, I've got a USB for my car that has 'bout 3,200 songs on it and the 12 that I have done by the Cars gets "replayed" more than any of the others.  Told my wife how much I liked their music and she said, quite innocently of course, that - "you know they're a '70's group, right".  Ooops - I thought they were fairly new jrSmiley_16_smiley_image.gif

4.2  Enoch  replied to  r.t..b... @4    last year

Dear Friends r.b..t... and 1stWarrior: I don't feel like I am all that old. 

Seems like just the other day I was sharing a fresh brewed pot of primordial slime with Adam and Eve in the garden.

We were going retro about the time the Big G-y created the heavens and the earth out of chaos. 

Those were the day's my friends.

Enoch, Resting Up from a Busy Weekend Spent Getting Out of Bed, Once!

4.3  Tessylo  replied to  r.t..b... @4    last year

They must have changed up from when I saw them back in the day.  On stage, they didn't have much of a presence.  

Trout Giggles
5  Trout Giggles    last year

This is sad. One of my favorite things to do is blast my radio and sing at the top of my voice whenever a Car's song comes on.

One of my favorite groups. RIP, Mr. Ocasek

5.1  Tessylo  replied to  Trout Giggles @5    last year

When I gave my old clunker car away a few years back I forgot that I had the Best of the Cars in my CD player.

I loved to sign this one out loud whenever it was on my CD player or on the radio.  

Let them leave you up in the air
Let them brush your rock and roll hair

5.2  Tessylo  replied to  Trout Giggles @5    last year

I loved Benjamin Orr.  He did the vocals on most songs.  

Another favorite 

Sparty On
6  Sparty On    last year

The Cars, that was a great Album.

RIP Rick, your band brought a lot of enjoyment to many of us.

Still does ....

6.1  igknorantzrulz  replied to  Sparty On @6    last year

Let the Good Times Roll

up a fatty

Paula Bartholomew
7  Paula Bartholomew    last year

According to a news report this am, he died from natural causes.

7.1  igknorantzrulz  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @7    last year

at 75 and lived the life of a rockstar

imppossible i sae

8  MrFrost    last year

"Shake it up", first CD I ever owned. 


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