Ric Ocasek (The Cars), RIP
Ric Ocasek, who fronted new wave hitmakers The Cars, died on Sunday in New York City at age 75. NBC 4 reports that police received a call around 4 PM "for an unconscious male at a townhouse on East 19th Street." He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Ocasek formed The Cars in Boston in 1976 and made six albums over the next decade, and were one of the biggest bands of the new wave era, with hits like "My Best Friend's Girlfriend," "Just What I Needed," "Good Times Roll," "Shake it Up," "You Might Think," "Magic," and more. The Cars broke up in 1988 but reformed for 2011's Move Like This.
In addition to his work with The Cars and solo album, Ric Ocasek was a very successful producer, having twiddled knobs on Bad Brains' Rock for Light, Weezer's Blue and Green albums, Guided by Voices' Do the Collapse, Suicide: Alan Vega and Martin Rev, Nada Surf's High/Low, Le Tigre's This Island, and more.
Rest in peace, Ric.
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