Ric Ocasek dies aged 75: Courtney Love, Weezer and the Killers pay respects to The Cars' frontman on social media
The Cars’ frontman Ric Ocasek was found dead in his Manhattan apartment on Sunday after an incredibly successful career as a rock star and music producer.
Ocasek was a new wave superstar in the ‘80s, creating classic songs including Just What I Needed, My Best Friend’s Girl and Good Times Roll, among many others that all sound like they should be on Jon Hughes movie soundtracks.
The band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame just last year, although they formally disbanded in 1988.
He was married to model Paulina Porizkova from 1989 until 2017. They met when she starred in the band's music video for Drive.
Ocasek went on to produce music for a wide variety of artists spanning genres, including Weezer, Motion City Soundtrack, Le Tigre, Guided By Voices, Bad Religion, Bad Brains and No Doubt. Many of the bands paid their respects on Twitter and Instagram, sharing personal experiences.
Man...so saddened to hear about the passing of Ric Ocasek, lead singer of @thecarsband, and legendary producer to many. His music was inspirational to me. Our thoughts go out to all of his family, friends, and fans. pic.twitter.com/W1DxoNBKPG
— Tim McGraw (@TheTimMcGraw)
Country singer Tim McGraw paid his respects.
Sad to hear of the passing of Ric Ocasek. Takes me back to hearing the Cars constantly on WBCN (the Rrrrock of Boston!) Sat behind him at a play once and got to fan out at him in person and he couldn’t have been nicer.
— Rachel Dratch (@TheRealDratch)
Comedian Rachel Dratch shared a story about meeting him in Boston, where the band played many of their earliest shows.
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 pic.twitter.com/JcTXevr6V8
— weezer (@Weezer)
Weezer posted a touching remembrance about their time working together.
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. pic.twitter.com/h4u8CXDhRg
— The Killers (@thekillers)
The Killers wrote about how The Cars were influential.
#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. https://t.co/ptSdrIHqBA pic.twitter.com/vGL1odM0TL
— Nile Rodgers (@nilerodgers)
Nile Rodgers wrote about their time together.
Devastated to hear of the passing on this man, Ric Ocasek. It has brightened my spirit to see how many have posted about Ric, praising his originality, flair, and brilliance. I was blessed to have known him, through friendship and work (his solo album Troubilizing was one I produced). It's hard to share the measure of a man in so few words, because, despite his greatness, Ric was open and down to earth in a way that surprised me. And in that allowed our private conversations to flow and float over 100's of topics (I was mostly interested in what he loved): the Cars, of course, his children and marriage to an eastern siren whom the world (he was aware) didn't think he deserved (he did, and she him), his guitars, Andy Warhol the person and not the myth, Boston (the city), new wave, deco art, NYC living, producing Weezer, being an A + R man, why he got out of the rat race of making hit records, Mutt Lange, grunge, and on and on and on. He's opine easy and I'd listen (for a change). Such pleasurable times I didn't fully appreciate until decades later. Lastly, two things: Ric did me a great honor when he recorded a song I'd written just for him, questioning none of it except it's quirky title (I'd gone quirky as a wry tribute). And a small memory I'll share: we were in Ric's basement, where he had a small, ad hoc studio for writing. And I was asking him a 1000th question on The Cars; in this case, the sound of the keyboard solos. He pointed at a relic. 'Well, that's it' he said. 'THE keyboard', said I? It was, and ironically at that moment Greg Hawkes stopped by and he demonstrated all those great sounds! But then I went for broke. I wanted Ric to show me how to play 'Best Friend's Girlfriend'. He picked up a guitar, played it perfectly (he was an ace guitarist) and handed it over. The sound, I noted, was exact. It was the pink Fender pictured above, and I dutifully played the opening riff as he'd showed. So what was the guitar, I asked? Ric pointed at the flamingo in my hands. My jaw dropped. It was THE guitar! Love you Ric! Gonna miss you forever
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Billy Corgan took to Instagram to say he was going to miss Ocasek forever.
Our hearts are heavy with the passing of this legend. Ric Ocasek and his bandmates shaped American new wave and paved the way for so many of us to follow. When we were making our Rock Steady album, Ric was on our… https://t.co/LyOYjfC1pf
— Tony Kanal (@TonyKanal)
No Doubt bassist Tony Kanal worked with the new wave originator on the album Rock Steady.
So sad. Such a great writer, singer, player, producer. My thoughts are with his family. Rest in peace. #RicOcasek
— Peter Frampton (@peterframpton)
Peter Frampton posted about his passing.
Rest In Peace #ricocasek I know all of the band hole loved working with you, much love to your family .. #paulina ❤️❤️❤️❤️#cars were one of the great bands. 🦅🙏
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Courtney Love posted Just What I Needed lyrics.
I stayed up all night listening to Candy-O (not so unusual for me) & writing about how Ric Ocasek changed my life. the patron saint of new wave geek realness, now and forever, thanks for your life Ric. https://t.co/H6Qyi9gn50 pic.twitter.com/8SSqBw8was
— rob sheffield (@robsheff)
Rolling Stone writer Rob Sheffield paid homage to the new wave superstar on Twitter.
RIP Ric Ocasek. 😢
— Jimmy Eat World (@jimmyeatworld)
Emo band Jimmy Eat World posted a tribute.
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His former wife posted her thanks on Instagram.