Hello readers –
Ric Ocasek, lead singer of the rock band The Cars, died Sunday at the age of 75.
This post is dedicated to Ric – and to the band. Condolences to his friends and family.
The Cars Tribute Post
#1) Here is one of my favorite songs from The Cars. Hard to pick one, but this song, It’s All I can Do,” has layers for me:
2) Clapping part in “My Best Friend’s Girl”
The song “My Best Friend’s Girl” (here) reminds me of high school friends (like Shannon)
3) An Ex-boyfriend comes to mind with The Cars
4) The “Moving in Stereo” song has been parodied many times and most recently made it into season 3 of Stranger Things (which I have yet to watch).
5) The song “Magic” will always bring me back to the sweet summer of 1984. When I was so young, but learning about life and friendship. The opening line to Magic, “Summer, turns me upside down – summer, summer….” – well it puts me right there with the 1980’s lace-ruffled trim cotton socks and crisp white sneakers.
6) The song “Just What I Needed” connects to family laughs
When I was pregnant with Son2, it was SUCH welcome news.
Another way that the Son2 was needed – connects to the way he soothed my MIL. She had gone through a nasty divorce and a new grandbaby was able to pierce the darkness.
Okay – so the only part of the “Just What I Needed” song that fits my family memory is the chorus – let’s not make it weird – hahahah. –
7)Remember being at a party, late 80’s, when “Let’s Go” (here) played – people would sing along as the drum beat rolled into “When she says…” – and then the singing would pickup and become group harmony as we all chimed in: “Let’s go
I like the nightlife, baby”
She says, “I like the nightlife, baby”
She says, “Let’s go”
Also, you know how so many songs have lyrics that we mess up – two come to mind from the “Let’s Go” song:
“She’s got wonderful eyes and a risque mouth” – sang it as “whiskey mouth”
“She’s winding them down on her clock machine” sang it as “pac man sheen”
8) No specific memory for “Let the Good Times Roll” (here) but it is a jam!
These two Cars’ fans help the good times roll:
- Steve Peake at Liveabout (here) has a nice Cars post featuring 1980’s albums –
- Musictherapia (here) has CD and album art.
9) Only recently did I appreciate the song “Drive”
“Drive” (here and below) was a tune I never cared for when it was played 500 times a day on the radio.
However, one day – think it was 2012 -Drive was playing and the acoustics were so tight in the courtyard of a water park – and I felt the simple strummin’, crisp vocals, and bit of angst in the mood that was woven into the song. Maybe even had some hippocampus connections firing up.
Notes for Drive (which was the band’s highest-charting single):
- The band’s bass player, Ben Orr, sang lead vocals on this song (the bassist also sang lead on “Just What I Needed” and “Let’s Go”) I guess Orr died from cancer in 2000.
- Ric met his wife, supermodel Paulina, while filming the song Drive. Paulina was a Czechoslovakian model and she and Ric were married for 28 years (separated in 2018). I am sure she is torn up with this loss. Thoughts and prayers to her especially.
10) Bye Bye Love
The “Bye Bye Love” song seems a fitting close for the passing of this key bandmember.
I just played the song and it makes me laugh to think that I know every single word to so many old songs… like…. I whipped out this part:
“Substitution, mass confusion
Clouds inside your head
Were fogging all my energies
Until you visited
With your eyes of porcelain and of blue
Could shock me into sense
You think you’re so illustrious
You call yourself intense”