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#1 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 15 September 2019 - 06:24 PM

my issue for bringing this up here is that some news outlets are calling his music "new wave".  i disagree.

 

the cars biggest hits were in the very late 70's really.

 

i'd say they were pop/rock.  i'm not sure what you'd best compare them too but they were not far off ramones (are they considered punk?) or the romantics (opened for the cars on a few tours) or even hall and oates.  

 

he notably also produced much for weezer and for many other lesser-known acts.

 

he also married up.  wikipedia:

 

Ocasek was still married to Suzanne when he met 18-year-old supermodel Paulina Porizkova during filming of the music video for the Cars' song "Drive" in 1984. Ocasek and Porizkova were married on August 23, 1989 on Saint-Barthélemy island. The couple had two sons, Jonathan Raven Otcasek (b. November 4, 1993), and Oliver Otcasek (b. 1999). In May 2018, Porizkova announced she and Ocasek had separated a year earlier

 


Edited by Victoria Watcher, 15 September 2019 - 06:34 PM.


#2 Wayne

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Posted 15 September 2019 - 06:32 PM

Being a big Cars fan since the beginning, sad news. 


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#3 Mike K.

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Posted 15 September 2019 - 06:33 PM

Yes, sad news. I was hoping there would have been an opportunity to see them perform.

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#4 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 15 September 2019 - 06:38 PM

Being a big Cars fan since the beginning, sad news. 

 

they had 13 top-40 hits.  i can discard maybe 2 or 3 but the rest were gold.

 

"drive" is one of the best slow songs of the era. (the era being 1978 to 2000).  it came out in 1984 and what i can't believe that was so long ago.



#5 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 15 September 2019 - 06:39 PM

most of their lyrics were pretty simple drive might be an exception.  just good sing-along stuff.

 

drive video:      https://youtu.be/xuZA6qiJVfU


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#6 Matt R.

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Posted 15 September 2019 - 06:55 PM

Deftones do a great cover of Drive.

https://youtu.be/cHiP3_-N0Vc

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#7 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 15 September 2019 - 07:00 PM

Deftones do a great cover of Drive.

https://youtu.be/cHiP3_-N0Vc

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ya.  that's very good.



#8 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 15 September 2019 - 07:05 PM

does anybody here remember "a & b sound" the music and music-playing equipment store downtown in the 80's and i think 90's?

 

that's where i bought the cars music.



#9 Matt R.

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Posted 15 September 2019 - 07:12 PM

^ doesn’t everybody?

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#10 Rob Randall

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Posted 15 September 2019 - 07:22 PM

Labels can be subjective and arbitrary but in their case New Wave fits because they had a synth-heavy sound and their music was distinct from Pink Floyd, Genesis, Bee Gees etc.

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#11 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 15 September 2019 - 07:24 PM

can agree they used synth heavily. certainly was not background.

#12 Rob Randall

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Posted 15 September 2019 - 07:28 PM

I mean, Genesis was synth-heavy at that time but they sure weren't considered New Wave.

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#13 Mike K.

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Posted 15 September 2019 - 08:02 PM

Heartbeat City. So good.

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Posted 17 September 2019 - 01:03 AM

My favourite album all-time is "This Side of Paradise", Ric Ocasek's second solo album (1986).  "Emotion in Motion" was the hit from that one, and it's probably the weakest track on the album.

 

And for Victoria Watcher: The Cars' lyrics (at least 99% of which he wrote) might sound simple, but did you ever read them closely - particularly the songs that weren't big radio hits?  Great stuff!



#15 Mike K.

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Posted 17 September 2019 - 05:25 AM

Oh, I’ll gave to check that out. Thanks.
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Posted 18 September 2019 - 11:38 AM

The Cars first three albums were hugely influential to me in my late teens and first year of Uni.

Saw them live in 1979, an outdoor show at Ottawa's (then) Lansdowne Park.

Even the foggy, rainy evening couldn't dampen the enthusiasm of the assembled fans.

Great memories of their early works, which I have on vinyl LP.



#17 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 18 September 2019 - 11:41 AM

My favourite album all-time is "This Side of Paradise", Ric Ocasek's second solo album (1986). "Emotion in Motion" was the hit from that one, and it's probably the weakest track on the album.

And for Victoria Watcher: The Cars' lyrics (at least 99% of which he wrote) might sound simple, but did you ever read them closely - particularly the songs that weren't big radio hits? Great stuff!


let’s go:


She's driving away with the dim lights on
And she's making a play, she can't go wrong
She never waits too long
She's winding them down on her clock machine
And she won't give up 'cause she's seventeen
She's a frozen fire, she's my one desire
I don't want to hold her down
Don't want to break her crown
When she says "let's go
I like the nightlife baby"
She says, "I like the nightlife baby"
She says, "let's go"
She's laughing inside 'cause they can't refuse
She's so beautiful now, she doesn't wear her shoes
She never likes to choose
She's got wonderful eyes and a risqué mouth
And when I asked her before she said she's holding out
She's a frozen fire, she's my one desire



#metoo types might find that a bit problematic.

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Posted 18 September 2019 - 03:55 PM

Ten-ish years ago Ocasek put out a hardcover book "Lyrics and Prose" containing lyrics to all the songs on the Cars' and his own solo albums, plus assorted bits of poetry and other things he'd done.  I have this book...and perhaps it's a bit scary that I already knew his music and lyrics well enough to immediately find two errors in it! (one very well known song is missing its last line, another more obscure one is missing a whole verse)


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