Cars leader Rick Osek is killed


Rick Ocasek, lead singer of the rock band The Cars, died in New York on Sunday; He was found unconscious Sunday afternoon at his home in Manhattan. A spokesman for the New York Police Department confirmed Osek's death to NPR. There is some confusion about Osek's age: New York police said she was 75 years old; He is 70 years old in public records.

The Boston-based band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018; The Rock Hall called The Cars "the best dream machine in the New Wave: a super hook-loaded quintet that resisted Avant-rock minimalism in a decade of pop of the 60s, glamor of the 70s, and radio's board nirvana". .

Fittingly, the singer, guitarist, and musician of The Cars, was born in Baltimore and born in Cleveland. He co-founded the group with Benjamin Orr, bassist, and singer, with whom he began playing in Ohio. The two began the journey as a pair before landing in Boston. Cars joined in 1976 with three other musicians: guitarist Elliot Easton, keyboardist Greg Hawkes, and drummer David Robinson.

Within a year, the group signed with Elektra. During the initial wave of publicity for his self-titled debut album, Rolling Stone critic John Parallels predicted the band's enduring appeal. He wrote: "Everyone liked it: New Weavers recognized Osek's debt to the Velvet Underground and the clever ambition of their songs, while rock fans and radio programmers captured catchy tunes and meticulous arrangements."

Many of The Car's cuts, including "Just What I Need", "Good Times Roll", "My Best Friends Girl" and "You're All I Got Tonight" became instant radio products. Each of the group's next four albums emerged as a great commercial success.

But even in its oldest version of the Top 40, The Cars erased unconventional New Wave elements in its sound and appearance, a perfect match for the MTV era, as in 1984's "You Might Think", which marked the year Was. The first video of the award was won at the MTV Video Music Awards.

Ocasek also worked at A&R and produced peer work from the New Wave era, such as Suicide and Romeo Veda. Cars split in 1988, but Ocasek's influence on the rock extended beyond the top of the group's career. In addition to releasing half a dozen solo albums, he worked as a producer for major bands of a younger generation, including Weiser, No Doubt, Guide by Voice and Bad Dharma. Oran died of pancreatic cancer in 2000, but in 2011 the surviving members of The Cars met and released a new album, Move Like This.