Ocasek in 2005.
|Birth name||Richard Theodore Otcasek|
|Born||March 23, 1944|
|Died||September 15, 2019 (aged 75)
New York City
|Instrument(s)||Guitar, Synthesizer, vocals|
Richard Theodore Otcasek (March 23, 1944 — September 15, 2019), known as Ric Ocasek, was a singer, songwriter, musician, and producer. He is perhaps best known as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter, and rhythm guitarist for new wave rock band the Cars. He was also a producer for several bands including Weezer, Bad Brains, No Doubt, Guided by Voices, and Suicide.
Ocasek first worked with Weezer on the band's self-titled debut album (the Blue Album) in 1994. When Weezer was pressured by their label, Geffen, into using a producer on the album, the band requested Ocasek, with the logic that it should be someone who knew how to write good songs. To the band's surprise, Geffen allowed it. In preparation of Ocasek's arrival to their rehearsal, the band prepared a cover of the Cars song "Just What I Needed." Ocasek's wife, model Paulina Porizkova, would inspire Weezer bassist Matt Sharp to write the song "Friends of P." for his own band, the Rentals.
Ocasek would return to produce Weezer's next self-titled album (the Green Album) in 2001, as well as Everything Will Be Alright in the End in 2014. In 2011, Weezer covered the Cars' Ocasek-penned track "You Might Think" for the film Cars 2.
Discography with Weezer
- Weezer (The Blue Album) (1994) — Producer
- Weezer (The Green Album) (2001) — Producer
- Everything Will Be Alright in the End (2014) — Producer
- "I Need Some of That" — vocals
- Runtagh, Jordan. "Weezer’s Blue Album: 10 Things You Didn’t Know" Rolling Stone. 10 May 2019. https://www.rollingstone.com/feature/weezer-blue-album-rivers-cuomo-things-you-didnt-know-822881/
- Hargreaves, Trevor. "Matt Sharp Talks About Rivers Cuomo's Etiquette Fetish And Tegan And Sara" Chart Attack. 8 November 2006. https://web.archive.org/web/20061206190551/http://www.chartattack.com/DAMN/2006/11/0801.cfm Archived from the original: https://www.chartattack.com/DAMN/2006/11/0801.cfm
- Buffa, Ken. "Ric Ocasek, Lead Singer of The Cars, Dead in New York at 75 " NBC New York. 15 September 2019. https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Ric-Ocasek-Cars-Singer-Dead-in-NY-at-75-560430391.html