Tip o’ the pixel to The Missus
September 15th Jon Pareles New York Times obituary of Cars frontman Ric Ocasek.
Ric Ocasek, New Wave Rock Visionary and Cars Co-Founder, Dies at 75
A Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, he wrote songs that updated classic sounds and managed to please both punk-rock fans and a broader pop audience.
Ric Ocasek, the songwriter, rhythm guitarist and lead singer for the Cars, was found dead on Sunday afternoon at his townhouse in Manhattan. He was 75.
The New York City medical examiner’s office said the cause was high blood pressure and heart disease. Mr. Ocasek’s wife, the model and actress Paulina Porizkova, said in an Instagram post that he had been recovering from surgery.
Coincidentally (or not): September 15th full-page Bloomingdale’s ad featuring Ocasek’s wife Paulina Porizkova in the Times.
As Ocasek sang in Just What I Needed:
You always knew to wear it well and
You look so fancy I can tell
I don’t mind you hangin’ out
And talkin’ in your sleep
Sleep the big sleep, Ric Ocasek.