Rik Ocasek


The Cars Share Best In Show Honors Ric Ocasek, Greg Hawkes Guest On InTheStudio

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Dallas, TX - MAY 17, 2016.  North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands puts out the checkered flag for some of the best of The Cars with singer/songwriter/guitarist Ric Ocasek behind the wheel and keyboardist Greg Hawkes riding shotgun.

The Cars’ zero-to-platinum popularity came amidst the final fizzle of the mid-Seventies Punk Rock sparkler, and the sound and attitude that survived was labeled by at least one rock writer as the nebulous one-size-fits-none term New Wave.

The drivetrain of the five man Boston band was always powered by the songs of Ric Ocasek. Growing up in the Otcasek household (Ric(k) later would also drop the “t” from his surname), early 1960s Sputnik paranoia and Telstar technology mixed with Cold War James Bond spy intrigue for Ric, courtesy of his father. “He was a systems analyst for NASA”, remarks Ocasek to InTheStudio host Redbeard. “There were ‘black boxes’ around our house that were locked. People from the government used to come and interview my Mom and ask her if he talked in his sleep!”

The Cars test track where they tuned up their sound was the mid-Seventies Boston club scene. With the follow up to their surprise hit debut (#16 on Rolling Stone magazine's Top 100 Debut Albums of All Time), the torque of The Cars' "Let's Go", "Touch and Go", "Shake It Up", "You Might Think" and monster ballad "Drive" all propelled the cross-legged Woodstock generation off of their butts and back onto the dance floor. The sleek polished chrome and glass production combined distinctive instrumental touches from rock and roll's past in a way that, paradoxically, sounded cutting edge modern, with ten Top 30 hits and twenty-five million albums sold just in the US.

THE CARS Moving In Stereo: Best Of/ InTheStudio interview is available now to STREAM at: http://www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/cars-moving-stereo-bestof-ric-ocasek-greg-hawkes/

Direct Link to InTheStudio broadcast affiliate radio station list: www.inthestudio.net/radio-stations

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