RIP Ric Ocasek

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Erik B., Sep 15, 2019.

  1. mozz

    mozz Forum Resident

    Madrid, Spain
    It's a very unusual kind of music, that of The Cars: sounds of its time, but it is not dated at all.
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  2. TheSeldomSeenKid

    TheSeldomSeenKid Forum Resident

    I read in the Liner Notes(think it was the 'Just What I Needed' Anthology 2 CD Set), that The Cars were loved by Rock Fans and New Wave Fans in their early days, so their Music was unique in that type of Crossover Appeal.
  3. pghmusiclover

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  4. MikaelaArsenault

    MikaelaArsenault Forum Resident

    New Hampshire
    I guess that I shouldn’t trust them then.
  5. JoeF.

    JoeF. Forum Resident

    New Jersey, USA
    That debut album has the ‘80’s new wave synths — but the rock guitar edge of the ‘70s , a foot in each decade.
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  6. MikaelaArsenault

    MikaelaArsenault Forum Resident

    New Hampshire
    Thanks. I really wasn’t sure of the birthdate.
  7. TheSeldomSeenKid

    TheSeldomSeenKid Forum Resident

    I am not sure there was ever a better 3 Songs that were Awesome and fit perfectly together as, 'You're All I Got Tonight', 'Bye Bye Love' and 'Moving in Stereo'.
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  8. bob_32_116

    bob_32_116 Forum Resident

    Perth Australia
    This is standard Wikipedia procedure when someone dies. Seems perfectly appropriate to me.
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  9. DRM

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  11. ccbarr

    ccbarr Forum Resident

    Iowa, USA
    This is the other little skit I remember from Conan. Maybe it's silly to post these, but the clips bring a smile to my face. Wish his Colbert Report appearance was on YT.

  12. buzzlulu

    buzzlulu Forum Resident

    Got A Lot On My Head - Dangerous Type

    Last two songs on Candy-O
    It doesn't get much better than this
  13. blastfurniss

    blastfurniss Forum Resident

    Marion, OH, USA
    Ric Ocasek and Ben Orr hustled their butts off to make it in the music business. Once they hooked up with Elliot Easton, Greg Hawkes, and David Robertson it truly was magic. One of the great debuts followed by a catalog that's timeless. While the last album suffered from Orr's absence it showed that the band could still pull it off. Seemed like a cool guy who was able to laugh at himself. Truly one of the greats. Sad, sad news.
  14. vamborules

    vamborules Forum Resident

    One of the amazing things about the Cars' story is how they got signed after Maxanne Sartori played their demos on 'BCN.

    Think about that. A DJ at a major radio station putting an unsigned band's demos in regular rotation. That could never happen today.
  15. Dear 23

    Dear 23 Forum Resident

    Midwest USA
    Such a legacy. Thank you for it all, Ric.

  16. Sneaky Pete

    Sneaky Pete Forum Resident

    The Cars really broke New Wave wide open to US audiences. They were accepted by almost everyone solidifying New Wave as the rock music force of the 1980’s. The debut was an instant classic.

    I don’t know why Ric lost interest in touring but I guess he had enough cash. He certainly could have been much wealthier if he kept the Cars on the road longer. Years ago I used to see him occasionally at the Union Square Farmer’s Market with Paula and a little kid. They had an amazing townhouse nearby in Gramercy Park. Sad that he died there all alone.
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2019
  17. MikaelaArsenault

    MikaelaArsenault Forum Resident

    New Hampshire
    Then I'm sorry.
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  18. Holerbot6000

    Holerbot6000 Forum Resident

    Hard to explain the impact of that first album. The Cars were basically a poppier version of Suicide and that's 'Just What We Needed' in those arid days of Corp Rock. Thanks for everything Ric. RIP.
  19. Terry

    Terry Senior Member

    Brilliant man. RIP
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  20. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    Seen him walking about Gare de Nord ~Brüssels 1991..he stood out a mile away.
  21. kozy814

    kozy814 Forum Resident

    Just heard the news. I love the Cars to this day. Those first three albums were a blast of sound that defied categorization. Was it New Wave? Punk? AOR? I loved how it blended all the styles at a time when it was literally taboo to do so.

    The more we hear about these visionary artists passing, the more I see my youth passing before my eyes. We'll always have the songs, and I sincerely hope this causes people to pay closer attention to the Cars, especially young folks. Because these songs are just as hooky today as they were when they first came out.
  22. MikaelaArsenault

    MikaelaArsenault Forum Resident

    New Hampshire
  23. Huntigula

    Huntigula Idiot Savant

    Brighton, MI
    I was still pretty young in 2000 when Ben died (15), and I always thought Ric sang all the songs. Imagine my surprise when I found that they split duties and Ben sang a number of hits. Any way you slice it, both of those voices have now been silenced. My music director used to notify me when he got to schedule a Cars song because it was always something to look forward to for me. Thanks, Ric. For all the tunes.
  24. lennonfan1

    lennonfan1 Forum Resident

    baltimore maryland
    proper forum love shown here Ric, wherever you are I hope your spirit realizes how much joy you offered this world while you were here, and that joy will go on as you explore the universe. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for songs that will be with me until I'm there with you. Love.
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  25. ceddy10165

    ceddy10165 My life was saved by rock n roll

    Avon, CT
    And of all the MTV bands that got overplayed, I never ever got tired of The Cars.

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