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Old 09-15-2019, 08:36 PM
 
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Ocasek, The Cars frontman whose deadpan vocal delivery and lanky, sunglassed look defined a rock era with chart-topping hits like “Just What I Needed,” was discovered dead Sunday afternoon in his Manhattan apartment.

The New York Police Department said that officers found the 75-year-old Ocasek at about 4 p.m. after responding to a 911 call. They said there were no signs of foul play and that the medical examiner was to determine a cause of death.

The death comes a year after The Cars were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, followed by an announcement by model Paulina Porizkova on social media that she and Ocasek had separated after 28 years of marriage. The pair first met while filming the music video for “Drive,” another Cars hit.

Ocasek, who sang, played guitar and wrote most of the band’s songs, and Benjamin Orr, who played bass and also sang, were ex-hippie buddies who formed The Cars in Boston in 1976. They were a decade older than many of their modern-rock compatriots but became one of the most essential American bands of the late 1970s and 1980s with their fusion of new wave, 1960s pop and 1970s glam.

Ocasek’s minimalist, half-spoken deadpan vocals set made the band’s sound, and his long, lanky appearance formed their lasting image.

The first three songs on their 1978 self-titled first album were all hit singles and remain widely known classics and oldies radio airplay: “Good Times Roll,” ″My Best Friend’s Girl” and “Just What I Needed.”

They had 10 other singles in the Billboard top 40, and of their six studio albums, four were in Billboard’s top 10.

The band’s commercial peak came with 1984′s “Heartbeat City,” which featured the hit singles “You Might Think” and “Magic,” sung by Ocasek, and the atypical ballad “Drive,” sung by Orr.

They were always an MTV favorite, and the whimsical, partly animated video for “You Might Think” along with the mournful video for “Drive” brought them near-constant airplay on the channel in the mid-1980s.

The band broke up in 1988, but their influence would be deeply felt in the 1990s and beyond. Kurt Cobain and Nirvana covered “My Best Friend’s Girl” at their last live show in 1994, and Ocasek produced albums for younger bands including Weezer, No Doubt and Bad Religion.

The Cars were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2018 after being nominated twice before. During the ceremony, Ocasek paid tribute to Orr, who died in 2000 of pancreatic cancer.

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Old 09-15-2019, 10:05 PM
 
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Ocasek, The Cars frontman whose deadpan vocal delivery and lanky, sunglassed look defined a rock era with chart-topping hits like “Just What I Needed,” was discovered dead Sunday afternoon in his Manhattan apartment.
Woah. Shake It Up, You Might Think & Drive. RIP.
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Old 09-16-2019, 12:07 AM
 
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RIP
The Cars made some amazing music.
My mom used to work at Balducci's and remembered him as a customer!
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Old 09-16-2019, 01:26 PM
 
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Once dust settles question is does the death of Mr. Ocasek in his home help or hinder sale of property.

https://streeteasy.com/building/140-...treet-new_york

The Ocasek's have been trying to sell that place since January but it hasn't moved yet.
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Old 09-16-2019, 01:31 PM
 
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Who?
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Old 09-16-2019, 01:33 PM
 
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Who?
You had to be there (1980's).
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Old 09-16-2019, 02:02 PM
 
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You had to be there (1980's).
I'm young and I'm very familiar with The Cars. My mom is a fan, and I've heard their music everywhere
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Old 09-16-2019, 02:19 PM
 
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‘just what i needed’ slaps
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Old 09-16-2019, 02:25 PM
 
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‘just what i needed’ slaps
Indeed.
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Old 09-16-2019, 02:29 PM
 
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Once dust settles question is does the death of Mr. Ocasek in his home help or hinder sale of property.

https://streeteasy.com/building/140-...treet-new_york

The Ocasek's have been trying to sell that place since January but it hasn't moved yet.
I doubt it has any effect other than maybe his family lowering the price to get a quicker sale. Him dying in his sleep shouldn't have any effect. (His family posted on The Cars Facebook page that he died in his sleep after watching television and had been recovering from surgery.) He wasn't an icon like Elvis or a young rock star like Jim Morrison that anyone would really care about where a 75 year old former rock musician died in his sleep. People often die in their home and it doesn't affect the home value or the time it takes to sell it when it is a peaceful death.
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