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Ric Ocasek


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Ric Ocasek (born Richard Otcasek on March 23, 1949) is the vocalist and frontman for The Cars and a producer for several other groups, including Bad Brains, Suicide and Weezer.

Ocasek released his first solo album in 1982. Beatitude is a somewhat more experimental variation of The Cars’ New Wave rock sound. A more synthesizer-heavy follow up, This Side Of Paradise, was released in 1986. A minor hit, “Emotion In Motion” accompanied the album.

The Cars split in 1987, and Ocasek disappeared from the public eye for several years, resurfacing in 1990 with Fireball Zone. One track, “Rockaway”, enjoyed a brief stay on the charts, but his solo albums have seen disappointing sales, especially compared to his success with the Cars. He subsequently released other solo works throughout the decade, including 1993’s Quick Change World, 1996’s Getchertikitz (a collaboration with Suicide’s Alan Vega), and 1997’s Billy Corgan-produced Troublizing (which Ocasek supported with a very brief tour, his first since leaving the Cars). In 2005, Ocasek released another album, Nexterday, to little fanfare but positive reviews.

In 2010, Ocasek reunited with the surviving original members of The Cars to record their first album in 24 years, titled Move Like This, which came out on May 10, 2011.


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  • eternallyfab

    Looooooove this guy.

    5 Dec 2013 Reply
  • ashrafoe

    Ric is a badass

    5 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Caroline-Cunha

    I loooooooove Emotion in Motion

    30 Nov 2012 Reply
  • joemcmaster

    Ugly man, hot wife.

    4 Nov 2012 Reply
  • ArleynAmadrowix

    very beautiful and atmospheric:3

    8 Jul 2012 Reply
  • groovez0ne

    Troublizing definitely the best from Ric Ocasek

    22 Jan 2012 Reply
  • drnrg31

    TrueKnights[quote]The "New" Cars just aren't "The Cars" without Ric! Ric's solo stuff sounds more like the Cars than the "New" Cars do... Rudgren just doesn't do it... no matter how great he is! [/quote] Someone must have read this, cuz the Cars with Ric Ocaesek have made a MONSTER comeback.

    24 May 2011 Reply
  • Labelscar

    come on and show me what it's like

    27 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Labelscar

    come on an gimme somethin grab for

    27 Apr 2011 Reply
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    26 Jan 2011 Reply
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    7 Jan 2010 Reply
  • Rissacakes

    The oddity of this man's mind taught me everything I ever needed to know about creative writing. And he's a total fox. :)

    7 Dec 2009 Reply
  • AleysterCrowley

    Que Massa!!!!!!! VAMOS NESSA!!!!!!

    2 Dec 2009 Reply
  • TrueKnights

    The "New" Cars just aren't "The Cars" without Ric! Ric's solo stuff sounds more like the Cars than the "New" Cars do... Rudgren just doesn't do it... no matter how great he is!

    14 Jul 2008 Reply
  • bowie_fan87

    the queen of mean ...

    22 Jun 2008 Reply
  • Johnny_D

    the king of new wave ...

    27 Dec 2007 Reply
  • Youpidou

    It gets crazy. <3

    18 Nov 2007 Reply
  • Carsrocker

    The man is the best. I hope he records another solo album.

    5 Dec 2006 Reply

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