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Ric Ocasek of The Cars dead at 75

Old 09-16-19, 10:44 AM
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Originally Posted by Coral View Post
Kinda weird that he was 75 and if Orr were alive today he'd be 74... which puts them in the same age range (or older) as Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Daltry, and Townsend.
You just wouldn't think they were as old since The Cars first album was in 1978 - a full 13+ years after those other bands.
Andy Summers of The Police is one year OLDER than Keith Richards.
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Old 09-16-19, 11:11 AM
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Re: Ric Ocasek of The Cars dead at 75

Originally Posted by dvdjunkie32 View Post
I remember watching those videos over and over on Friday Night Videos. Less was more back then. Now that I have access to hundreds of music videos on youtube, I barely watch any of em.

So sad to lose one of a kind vocalist. No one sang like Ric.
oh man, he was so much more than vocalist. guitarist, song writer, he was The Cars. so sad, but glad he and them got their due in 2018.
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Old 09-16-19, 04:44 PM
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Looks like the estate released the statement that he passed in his sleep after surgery. Sad loss for the music community and another blow to my childhood memories. I must be getting old.
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Old 09-16-19, 06:05 PM
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Sad news indeed. I feel fortunate I was able to see The Cars in 2011 on the small tour of their last record.

RIP Ric
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Old 09-16-19, 06:15 PM
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^ Honestly, I'm kinda glad I never saw The Cars live. Any clips I've seen of them (even in the 70s/80s) they were never especially energetic. Well rehearsed and technically excellent, but not energetic.

I do really like their music though, especially the first two albums. I'd have to go with "It's All I Can Do" off of Candy-O as the best Cars song ever. Followed by "Bye Bye Love" from the debut.
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It was cool he got inducted into the Rock and Hall of Fame and he was there to witness it.
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Re: Ric Ocasek of The Cars dead at 75

https://variety.com/2019/music/news/...va-1203338231/

Cardiovascular disease and pulmonary emphysema were the causes of death. Sounds like he was a smoker.

He was probably recovering from heart surgery and it gave out along with his lungs.
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Old 09-16-19, 11:37 PM
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Very sad. Great music and a great musician.
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Old 09-18-19, 04:30 PM
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Rip
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Old 09-18-19, 05:49 PM
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Re: Ric Ocasek of The Cars dead at 75

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It sounds like he was actually 70, not 75.
The Times did some research on that: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/17/r...casek-age.html
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Old 09-18-19, 08:42 PM
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^ Honestly, I'm kinda glad I never saw The Cars live. Any clips I've seen of them (even in the 70s/80s) they were never especially energetic. Well rehearsed and technically excellent, but not energetic.

I do really like their music though, especially the first two albums. I'd have to go with "It's All I Can Do" off of Candy-O as the best Cars song ever. Followed by "Bye Bye Love" from the debut.
yeah, I saw them maybe 30-35 years ago at the Meadowlands Arena in NJ back in the day, sounded great but really just stood there on stage.
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The Times did some research on that: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/17/r...casek-age.html
Interesting and I'm not necessarily surprised. I forget where I read it - it might have been in the liner notes from the recent Cars reissues - but I remember reading about Ric downplaying or dismissing the topic of his age early on when The Cars formed because he was older than everyone else.
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Old 09-19-19, 11:40 AM
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yeah, I saw them maybe 30-35 years ago at the Meadowlands Arena in NJ back in the day, sounded great but really just stood there on stage.
Not that it's an either/or thing, but it's too bad The Cars weren't the studio-only band, while XTC toured, instead of the other way around...
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One of my all time favorites. I was seriously bummed out when I got the news Sunday. They were one of the first bands that were "mine" as opposed to a band that my older sisters turned me onto.

Saw them multiple times in 80's and of course had to see them in 2011.

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^That would be much more enjoyable if the audience would STFU. Seriously. Who goes to a show and blabs through the performance?
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RIP. Bad enough Orr went early, now Ric.
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Old 09-19-19, 11:52 PM
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^That would be much more enjoyable if the audience would STFU. Seriously. Who goes to a show and blabs through the performance?
No shit, we were disgusted with the talkers. I am syncing all the footage to an audience recording that is a bit better, but even then, it has a bunch of talkers (better but still...)
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Old 09-20-19, 10:58 AM
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^That would be much more enjoyable if the audience would STFU. Seriously. Who goes to a show and blabs through the performance?
Everyone in California?

Seriously, that's a thing. And it's annoying. To the point where some performers have stopped the show to tell everyone to shut up, and others just skip my city altogether. I saw Weezer one time, and I didn't feel I was at a Weezer concert; I felt like I was at someone's party, and instead of playing the stereo they just decided to have Weezer play instead. But it was all these little circles of conversation while the band played. I don't get it.
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Old 09-20-19, 11:45 AM
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No shit, we were disgusted with the talkers. I am syncing all the footage to an audience recording that is a bit better, but even then, it has a bunch of talkers (better but still...)
I'd like to see that. Post a link when it's done, if you wouldn't mind.
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Everyone in California?

Seriously, that's a thing. And it's annoying. To the point where some performers have stopped the show to tell everyone to shut up, and others just skip my city altogether. I saw Weezer one time, and I didn't feel I was at a Weezer concert; I felt like I was at someone's party, and instead of playing the stereo they just decided to have Weezer play instead. But it was all these little circles of conversation while the band played. I don't get it.
Ouch!

The gif Mrs. Danger posted seems appropriate, but the kind of idiots that would blab through a show would probably enjoy the attention.

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Old 09-20-19, 11:58 AM
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Ouch!

The gif Mrs. Danger posted seems appropriate, but the kind of idiots that would blab through a show would probably enjoy the attention.

Haha, I love that GIF. Never seen it before.

You can also find a video on YouTube of a violinist suddenly changing the piece he was playing to a classical guitar song called "Gran Vals". A quick listen of that song will tell you why.
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Seriously. Who goes to a show and blabs through the performance?
Everyone who buys a ticket directly behind me?
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Everyone who buys a ticket directly behind me?
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What a great band The Cars were. Truly. Their debut album and Candy-O and Heartbeat City are all classics.
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