Ric Ocasek

Ric Ocasek

new wave, rock, classic rock, american, 80s

Ric Ocasek (born Richard Otcasek on March 23, 1949) is the vocalist and frontman for The Cars and a producer for several other groups, including Bad Brains, Suicide and Weezer. Ocasek released his first solo album in 1982. Beatitude is a somewhat more experimental variation of The Cars' New Wave rock sound. A more synthesizer-heavy follow up, This Side Of Paradise, was released in 1986. A minor hit, "Emotion In Motion" accompanied the album. The Cars split in 1987

This Side of Paradise [1986]
  • 1. Keep on Laughin' (4:42)
  • 2. True to You (4:01)
  • 3. Emotion in Motion (4:41)
  • 4. Look in Your Eyes (5:59)
  • 5. Coming for You (5:34)
  • 6. Mystery (4:18)
  • 7. True Love (4:25)
  • 8. P.F.J. (3:39)
  • 9. Hello Darkness (4:52)
  • 10. This Side of Paradise (8:28)

This Side of Paradise is the second solo studio album released by Ric Ocasek, lead singer and songwriter of The Cars. It was released in 1986 by Geffen Records. Though it was a solo album, other members of The Cars played significant roles. Greg Hawkes plays keyboards and bass throughout the album (he appears on most of Ocasek's solo albums), and also co-wrote "Hello Darkness" (most Cars albums feature one Ocasek/Hawkes tune). Benjamin Orr is on backing vocals for three songs. Read more on Last.fm.