Happy Birthday Ric Richard Otcasek
turned 58 today. It's All Mixed Up
, I had no idea he was so old. Well, no matter how old you are, you still need to let the Good Times Roll
, so Let's Go
wish him our very best, since it's pretty much Touch and Go
for any rock star approaching age 60.
Though many of the Cars hits where sung by the late, great Ben Orr
, Ocasek was one of the more recognizable front men of the 1980s. So distinctive that, on April 18, 2006, he was ranked number 50 in The Boston Phoenix list of "The 100 unsexiest men in the world."
Ocasek has had a low-key, but reasonably successful career as a solo artist
, written a book of poetry and had a cameo role in the John Waters feature film Hairspray
. He also appeared on the Colbert Report where he volunteered to lead a commando mission to "rescue" Stephen Jr.
, the baby eagle at the San Francisco Zoo
. Ric also is notable as a producer, though he is probably best known (or infamous in indie circles) for producing Guided by Voices'
much maligned Do the Collapse
. As for my own personal connection, the first time I saw him was in 1984, when the Cars played a show with Wang Chung
and the last time was when I stood next to Ric at Luna's Farewell show
at the Bowery Ballroom, a well known Nightspot
. Nice guy, he let me buy him a beer. It was, he said, Just what he Needed