RIP Rick Ocasek

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  1. El Torito

    El Torito 1,000+ Posts

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  2. LonghornCatholic

    LonghornCatholic Romantic Catholic

    I remember an older brother playing Candy-O on our console record player when I was a young boy.

    It blew me away, never heard anything like it.

    RIP :hookem:

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    Last edited: Sep 15, 2019
  3. Vol Horn 4 Life

    Vol Horn 4 Life 5,000+ Posts

    Wow, how old am I getting?!?

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  4. LousianaHorn

    LousianaHorn 500+ Posts

    man they are falling like flies...........RIP Ric.
  5. Phil Elliott

    Phil Elliott 1,000+ Posts

    The fact that The Cars are not in the Rock-n-Roll HOF is a travesty.
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  6. Joe Fan

    Joe Fan 10,000+ Posts

    Sadly predeceased by bassist Benjamin Orr
    I was in Austin when this band started making hits -- those songs always remind me of those days
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  7. mb227

    mb227 2,500+ Posts

    NOW I realize why I was getting so many prompts on Sirius that the Cars were playing on one channel or another (my vehicle allows me to save groups/songs and it will prompt if they are being played anywhere on the Sirius channels).
  8. Chop

    Chop 1,000+ Posts

    Two great (but very different) lead vocalists in one band--Benny and Ric. Now they're both gone. This band was incredibly influential. They basically "created" 80's music in the 70's. I consider them the greatest of the early 80's "New Wave" bands. The girls all loved Benny, and Ric must have been 6'6" without shoes on. Elliot Easton was one of the most underrated guitarists in rock/pop music. The cutting edge British New Wave bands apparently hated the Cars because they were better than the Brits at their own game.
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  9. Chop

    Chop 1,000+ Posts

    They were inducted in 2018--about 20 years too late for this influential band of visionary trend setters.
  10. Chop

    Chop 1,000+ Posts

    Moving in Stereo and that Fast Times at Ridgemont High scene are basically fused together as one-and-the-same thing.
  11. Phil Elliott

    Phil Elliott 1,000+ Posts

    I did not know that. I guess I have to turn that rant off now.
  12. Dionysus

    Dionysus Cocky + Relaxed Admin

    Super talented guitarist with some terrific licks in The Cars’ music through the years
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  13. Joe Fan

    Joe Fan 10,000+ Posts

    And yet look who married him -- me and my friends used to occasionally punch each other over this
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  14. Chop

    Chop 1,000+ Posts

    You also gotta love a band that hung around the top of the charts with a keyboardist (Greg Hawkes) who looked like a nerdier version of Bill Gates.

    The Cars are definitely one of my very favorite 80’s era bands.
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  15. Chop

    Chop 1,000+ Posts

    Don’t even get me started on Rush and their much delayed entry into the R&R HOF.
  16. Chop

    Chop 1,000+ Posts

    A one-on-one basketball game between Ric Ocasek and Mick Fleetwoid is one we’ll never get to see.
  17. Creek

    Creek 500+ Posts

    They produced arguably 25 hits. One of my fave bands.
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  18. Chop

    Chop 1,000+ Posts

    Here's Ric at his best:
    Dangerous Type (She's a lot like you)

    Can't help but notice the talented Bill Gates look-alike Greg Hawkes on the keyboards. Benny looks like he had a rough night (or two or three in a row). IMHO, the videography on this one gives it an almost sinister sort of feel that's uncharacteristic for The Cars (darkness, a very stoned or drop dead tired-looking Benny, etc.). Fits the theme of the song I suppose.
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  19. AC

    AC 500+ Posts

    David Bowie, Tom Petty, and now Ric Ocasek. Making me feel old. I was a bigger Bowie and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers fan than The Cars but I did like their songs. They were all just fun songs. Let’s Go was probably my fav.

    RIP Ric.

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