Ric Ocasek

Singer-songwriter Ric Ocasek was the chief architect of the Boston-based New Wave band the Cars, which enjoyed chart success throughout the 1970s and 1980s with such songs as "Just What I Needed," "Good Times Roll," ... Read more »
Born: 03/23/1949 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Filmography

Music (30)

7 Chinese Brothers 2015 (Movie)

("Since You're Gone") (Song)

Cars 2 2011 (Movie)

("You Might Think") (Song)

Super 8 2011 (Movie)

("Bye Bye Love") (Song)

What's Your Number? 2011 (Movie)

("Just What I Needed") (Song)

Confessions of a Shopaholic 2009 (Movie)

("Emotion In Motion") (Song Performer)

Confessions of a Shopaholic 2009 (Movie)

("Emotion In Motion") (Song)

I Love You, Man 2009 (Movie)

("Good Times Roll") (Song)

My Best Friend's Girl 2008 (Movie)

("My Best Friend's Girl") (Song)

Good Luck Chuck 2007 (Movie)

("You Might Think") (Song)

Click 2006 (Movie)

("Everybody") (Song)

Click 2006 (Movie)

("Everybody") (Song Performer)

Nearing Grace 2006 (Movie)

("Let's Go") (Song)

Just Like Heaven 2005 (Movie)

("Good Times Roll") (Song)

Sky High 2005 (Movie)

("Just What I Needed") (Song)

50 First Dates 2004 (Movie)

("Drive") (Song)

Sorority Boys 2002 (Movie)

("Mr Best Friend's Girl") (Song)

Where the Money Is 2000 (Movie)

songs("You Might Think" "My Best Friend's Girl") (Song)

200 Cigarettes 1999 (Movie)

("Just What I Needed") (Song)

Boys Don't Cry 1999 (Movie)

("Just What I Needed") (Song)

Excess Baggage 1997 (Movie)

("All Mixed Up") (Song)

The Saint 1997 (Movie)

("You're All I've Got Tonight") (Song)

Wedding Bell Blues 1997 (Movie)

("You Might Think") (Song)

Made in Heaven 1987 (Movie)

(Song)

Made in Heaven 1987 (Movie)

("I Still Want You") (Song Performer)

The King of Comedy 1983 (Movie)

(Song)

The King of Comedy 1983 (Movie)

("Steal the Night") (Song Performer)

Fast Times At Ridgemont High 1982 (Movie)

("Moving in Stereo") (Song)

The Last American Virgin 1981 (Movie)

("Since You're Gone" "Shake It Up") (Song)

Times Square 1980 (Movie)

("Dangerous Type") (Song)

Over the Edge 1979 (Movie)

songs("Just What I Needed" "Best Friend's Girl") (Song)
Actor (7)

MTV20: Live and Almost Legal 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Andy Warhol: The E! True Hollywood Story 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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The State's 43rd Annual Halloween Special 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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The 1st International Rock Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Performer

Hairspray 1988 (Movie)

Beatnik Cat (Actor)

Made in Heaven 1987 (Movie)

Shark (Actor)

Simply Mad About the Mouse (TV Show)

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Biography

Singer-songwriter Ric Ocasek was the chief architect of the Boston-based New Wave band the Cars, which enjoyed chart success throughout the 1970s and 1980s with such songs as "Just What I Needed," "Good Times Roll," "You Might Think" and "Drive," while he also enjoyed industry regard as a producer for such groups as No Doubt, Weezer and Bad Brains. Ocasek's angular and often immobile stage presence echoed the eclectic quality of his songwriting and duties as lead vocalist, which owed equal tribute to both Buddy Holly's hiccupping delivery and the droning sounds of the Velvet Underground while also adding layers of 1960s pop twang and considerable electronic elements. The Cars enjoyed nearly a decade of Top 20 hits between 1977 and the release of their biggest album, Heartbeat City, in 1984, before splitting to pursue respective solo careers. Ocasek's efforts in this regard amounted largely to the Top 20 hit "Emotion in Motion" (1985), while subsequent efforts failed to find a substantive audience. He found greater success as a producer, songwriter and engineer for many alternative rock and punk bands before reuniting briefly with the Cars for their 2011 album Move Like This. Though Ocasek's best latter day efforts were in the studio rather than on stage or the charts, his array of hits for the Cars did much to preserve his status as a leading figure from the New Wave scene.

Milestones

Known for such albums as "This Side Of Paradise" and "Fireball Zone"

Popular songs include "Emotion In Motion" and "Feeling's Got To Stay".

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