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Ric Ocasek of the Cars, 1944-2019
Ric Ocasek met Benjamin Orr in Ohio in 1965. Other members would come and go, and they started to call their band The Cars in 1976. They added synthesizers to their sound at a time when few bands were doing it. Their album The Cars was a breakout success in 1978.

Ric Ocasek was the vocalist on many of their songs, in addition to the writer. He also produced many albums and married three times.

The Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Paulina Porizkova was Ocasek's third and most famous wife. He also stayed married to her up until recently. She was barely legal at the time, and he was twice her age.

He was a great artist who also scored with women. Thank you, Ric Ocasek.

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Definitely a case of an ugly guy getting a truly hot woman and keeping her due to fame and charisma.

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Heard about this on the radio today. He made some good tunes. Sucks. Death comes to all, great and small.




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I'm thinking he fed off Paulina's lifeforce. Once they broke up age caught up with him. Glad he lived long enough to do the Hall of Fame induction.
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Gotta respect a man who tapped this:

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RE: Ric Ocasek of the Cars, 1944-2019
Ric and Paulina met when she was in this video. Benjamin Orr provided the vocals. Ric wrote it.

It was the Cars' biggest hit, getting to #3 in 1984:



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I think this was their best song by far:





Most underrated song, released as a single but still a bit of a deep cut



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My favorite from the Cars is the two song combo Moving in Stereo/All Mixed up




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It must suck to be a musician who will be more remembered for giving romantic hope to ugly guys than for your music. RIP either way.

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He’s not the first ...Billy Joel, Mick Jagger, Steve Perry, David Lee Roth
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(09-18-2019 12:56 PM)Hypno Wrote:  He’s not the first ...Billy Joel, Mick Jagger, Steve Perry, David Lee Roth

No homo, but I always figured David Lee Roth was considered good looking when we was with Van Halen back in the day.

The others were lucky they were rock stars, or they would have been much worse off.

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Being born in 1991, I can probably just cannot imagine how awesome music with synthesizers was back in the 80s. I wish I had a time machine. I'd go back to Dusseldorf, 1981, driving an E21 3 series. Every time I see one of these, my heart skips a beat.
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(09-18-2019 03:50 PM)AntoniusofEfa Wrote:  Being born in 1991, I can probably just cannot imagine how awesome music with synthesizers was back in the 80s. I wish I had a time machine. I'd go back to Dusseldorf, 1981, driving an E21 3 series. Every time I see one of these, my heart skips a beat.

This stuff played better over in Europe than it did in the USA. The European pop audience embraced synthesizer music as early as the disco era, making Donna Summers' "I Feel Love" the big hit of 1977. Here in the U.S. it was a hit, but not as big as songs by The Bellamy Brothers, The Bee Gees, or even Thin Lizzy.

By the 1980s, the young audience had split into factions over music. If you were in middle school or high school in America, the cool kids would laugh at you (or worse) for liking "fagg*t music" like disco, punk, and synth-pop. The badass kids liked Van Halen, Zeppelin, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Journey.

It wasn't until the Human League got to #1 in America with "Don't You Want Me" in 1982 that things very slowly started to change. But that was the pop audience. The rock audience hung onto guitar music clear through the 1990s, which was a big reason Nirvana was considered a sort of savior band. It wasn't just their music. They were striking a blow against electronically-programmed "soulless" music, such as Madonna, New Kids (whose third album I actually like a lot), and the Miami-Philly freestyle dance sounds of the day.

As for the Cars, they never fully fit in with either the rock or pop audience. That's to their credit. They were never mindlessly trendy or pandering, but also had pop sense enough to catch the ears of the public. Their third album, Panorama, has some extremely weird moments and they purposely threw audience for a loop by released the oddball "Touch And Go" as the lead single. It had verses in an insane time signature (13/8, I think) and barely scraped the Top 40.

That said, they were popular. But they were somewhat taken for granted and underappreciated. They never had a #1 single or album in America. And if you look at their U.S. singles chart placings at Wikipedia, it's surprising now to think classics like "My Best Friend's Girl," "Just What I Needed," and "Let's Go" were not Top Ten hits.

They were too rock for the pop crowd, too pop for the rock crowd, and way too white to be loved by the R&B crowd (which did herald some white performers like George Michael and Robert Palmer). They were ahead of their time, but not considered futuristic like Depeche Mode, OMD, or early New Order.

Back in the summer of '99 I found all their original '80s albums at the Princeton Record Exchange in mint condition. They were selling for a buck each. There were six albums altogether, but the guy at the counter only had me pay $5 if I bought them all. As I said, underappreciated.
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The Cars gave me music that still sticks with me as I went from youth to man. "Just what I needed" was the most apropos for me because I, and the chicks I dated, were crazy then. I guess it is like that. It is very rare that you are the same age as the people who write, perform and sing music that shapes your development.
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(09-19-2019 06:34 AM)Days of Broken Arrows Wrote:  They never had a #1 single or album in America.

Maybe so, but The Cars were still a HUGE band. Heartbeat City was one of the biggest early 80s albums and it helped define 80s pop culture. It's right up there with Michael Jackson, Men at Work, Huey Lewis, Duran Duran, etc.... It may not have hit #1 but but it went 4x platinum (according to wikipedia). How many albums achieve that?

They were mainstays on MTV with videos from that album, most especially You Might Think with its then-revolutionary digital FX.





It's true that music fans were divided over the rise of synth pop, but the good thing about that era is that MTV played everything. One moment it might be a Cars video and the next it might be Def Leppard or Herbie Hancock or Rick James. So whether you liked it or not, you were at least exposed to this smorgasbord, and it helped keep your perspective broader than today where people disappear into their own narrow preferences.
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(09-18-2019 03:50 PM)AntoniusofEfa Wrote:  Being born in 1991, I can probably just cannot imagine how awesome music with synthesizers was back in the 80s. I wish I had a time machine. I'd go back to Dusseldorf, 1981, driving an E21 3 series. Every time I see one of these, my heart skips a beat.

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Looks like Ric got the last laugh.

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