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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...

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.

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 Hairspray (1988) Beatnik Cat
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 Made In Heaven (1987) Shark
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