Ric Ocasek

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Ric Ocasek
Ocasek in 2005.
Background information
Birth name Richard T. Ocasek
Born March 23, 1944
Died September 15, 2019 (aged 75)
New York City
Origin Baltimore, Maryland
Occupation(s) Musician, producer
Years active 1973-2019
Instrument(s) Guitar, Synthesizer, vocals
Website Official website
Associated acts
The Cars

Ric Ocasek (born Richard Ocasek on March 23, 1949, in Baltimore, Maryland, died September 15, 2019 in New York City) was a guitarist, lead vocalist and primary songwriter for the massively successful new wave band The Cars. He was also a producer for several bands including Weezer, Bad Brains, No Doubt, Guided by Voices, and Suicide. For Weezer, he produced The Blue Album in 1994, The Green Album in 2001 and Everything Will Be Alright in the End in 2014.

When Weezer was strong-armed by Geffen into using a producer on the debut album, they asked for Ocasek, with the logic that it should be someone who at least knew how to write good songs. To their surprise, Geffen made it happen. Ocasek's wife, model Paulina Porizkova, is said to have inspired The Rentals' "Friends of P.".

In 2011, Weezer covered the Cars Ocasek-penned track "You Might Think" for the movie Cars 2.

In 2018, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Ocasek passed away in his New York City apartment on September 15, 2019.

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