Our Thanks to Pitchfork for the following article and Cal Vid on Youtube for posting Ric's last performance. What a great genre of music Ric Ocasek helped create! Punk Rock began with folks like him and will live forever. Here is Ric performing "Just What I Needed" last year when the Cars were finally inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame. Some say it's his last performance. Also Weezer and Ocasek go hand in hand. Read the Pitchfork article below. Yesterday we was found dead in his NYC home. Ric was 75.
Weezer Pay Tribute to the Cars’ Ric Ocasek, Who Produced the Blue Album
Nile Rodgers, Beck, Courtney Love, Brandon Flowers, and more honored the late power pop and new wave icon
Ric Ocasek in 1995 (Bob Berg/Getty Images)
Ric Ocasek, who wasfound deadtoday, was best known as the frontman ofthe Cars. He also had a fruitful career as a producer, and perhaps most notably, he producedWeezer’s breakout debut 1994 albumWeezer—better known asthe Blue Album. Ocasek also produced the Green Album andEverything Will Be Alright in the End. Tonight, Weezer shared a statement paying homage to their late collaborator. “We will miss him forever, & will forever cherish the precious times we got to work and hang out with him.” Find their full statement below.
Tributes from across the music world have poured in for Ocasek. Nile Rodgers shared his favorite of the tracks he worked on with Ocasek from 1991’sFireball Zone. The Killers’ Brandon Flowers, who gave the speech inducting the Cars into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, outlined Ocasek’s influence on him. “I will never stop imitating the first Cars album,” wrote the New Pornographers’ Carl Newman. The Hold Steady shared a clip of their walk-out music—the Cars’ “Since You’re Gone.” Find those tributes and more below.
The weezer family is devastated by the loss of our friend and mentor Ric Ocasek, who passed away Sunday. We will miss him forever, & will forever cherish the precious times we got to work and hang out with him. Rest in Peace & rock on Ric, we love you. #RIPRicOcasek#karlscorner
#ripricocasek We had a lot of fun making the album #FireballZone. This was one of my fav songs #TouchdownEasy. Though it was the 90's we'd not gotten the memo. It's super 80's but cool. http://bit.ly/31rLLIG
Feeling grateful for Ric. Had the opportunity to send him this email a couple years back. My first king. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
sad news. much respect to the great ric ocasek.
I will never stop imitating the first Cars album. His influence will always stay with me. RIP and Thank You to Ric Ocasek.
RIP Ric Ocasek
the label i founded,years ago,had the honor of putting out a song by the great @rjd2 with the legend Ric Ocasek https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=cN7zwy7fTfg …
Our walkout: “Since You’re Gone”.
RIP Ric Ocasek
Sorry 2 hear about #ricocasek RIP loved his work with the band #Suicide
The first Cars album is literally perfect; there might not be a better debut ever. The rest of the catalog is untouchable.
Ric Ocasek was the architect. Nobody could combine pop hits with straight up weirdness like he could.
What a body of work, what a cool guy. Rest in power.