Sad news this morning, as we wake to find Ric Ocasek of the Cars has passed away at age 75. Hard to believe the tall, jet-haired singer was in his 70s at all. He always looked like a punk misfit.
The Cars formed in 1976 and had a steady stream of hits through the late 70s and early 80s. When the cars folded he moved on as a producer and solo artist. Ocasek produced such diverse albums as Bad Brains Rock for Light, and two of the most popular Weezer albums, Blue and Green. Through these productions, his impact on modern rock cannot be overstated.
I always liked the Cars best, and so we’ll remember Ric today with one of his catchiest songs ever: the summer anthem “Magic”.
Rest in peace Ric Ocasek.