THE CARS - TORONTO 1978 [RIC OCASEK R.I.P. 1944 - 2019]

November 24, 2014 – 12:33 pm

RIC OCASEK R.I.P. 1944 - 2019

Ric Ocasek, best known as the founder and frontman of the iconic new wave and power pop band the Cars, has died. The New York Police Department confirmed they responded on September 15, 2019 to a call reporting an unconscious man. The man, identified as Ocasek, was found in bed at his townhouse and pronounced dead at the scene. He was 75. The Cars and Ocasek were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018. No cause of death has been revealed.

Ocasek formed the Cars in Boston with bassist Benjamin Orr in 1976. They released their self-titled debut album in 1978, which featured the hit singles “Good Times Roll,” “My Best Friend’s Girl,” and “Just What I Needed.” The group broke up in the late 1980s. Starting with 1982’s Beatitude and ending with 2005’s Nexterday, Ocasek released a series of solo albums as well. He was also a producer of albums by artists including Weezer, Bad Brains, Guided By Voices, No Doubt, the Cribs, Bad Religion, and others. - Variety/Pitchfork

In an update on September 16, The New York City medical examiner says Ocasek died of heart disease, worsened by emphysema. Ocasek’s wife, model and actress Paulina Porizkova, posted a statement on Instagram , saying he was “recuperating very well after surgery” and that their two sons were making sure he was comfortable. Porizkova did not say what type of surgery Ocasek was recovering from. She says she went to bring him his Sunday morning coffee and “realized that during the night he had peacefully passed on.” Porizkova announced the couple’s separation last year. -

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Toronto 1978 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the El Mocambo, Toronto, Canada; September 14, 1978. King Biscuit Flower Hour, aired on October 13, 1978. Excellent Pre-FM radio broadcast.

Ric Ocasek’s artful pop sounds drove The Cars, new wave’s fastest, most consistent success. Although the group initially got the critics’ nod for Ocasek’s cooly detached stance and the smoothly burnished keyboard-and-guitar-laced hooks, in retrospect, The Cars were essentially the new wave model of a Top 40 hit machine. That their oft-centre pop sensibility found expression in a series of original and frequently-aired music videos, especially You Might Think, made them, for a time, one of America’s top bands. - Rolling Stone

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Track 01. Good Times Roll 5:20 (9.0MB)
Track 02. Bye Bye Love 4:16 (7.2MB)
Track 03. Night Spots 4:23 (7.4MB)
Track 04. My Best Friend’s Girl 3:50 (6.4MB)
Track 05. Moving In Stereo 5:40 (9.5MB)
Track 06. Since I Held You 3:57 (6.6MB)
Track 07. Take What You Want 7:24 (12.4MB)
Track 08. They Won’t See You 4:22 (7.3MB)
Track 09. Don’t Cha Stop 3:47 (6.4MB)
Track 10. Just What I Needed 5:40 (9.5MB)
Track 11. Candy-O 2:39 (4.5MB)
Track 12. You’re All I’ve Got Tonight 4:35 (7.7MB)

Ric Ocasek - vocals, guitar
Ben Orr - bass, vocals
David Robinson - drums
Elliot Easton - guitar
Greg Hawkes - keyboards

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  1. 44 Responses to “THE CARS - TORONTO 1978 [RIC OCASEK R.I.P. 1944 - 2019]”

  2. The infamous El Mocambo very nearly disappeared forever a few weeks ago…

    By sluggo on Nov 24, 2014

  3. Enjoyed many shows at the El Mo, thankfully it appears the new owner is a bonafide music fan and will attempt to bring this historic bar back to life :)

    By slipperman on Nov 25, 2014

  4. lets hope so slipperman. The ElMo has been home to so many great shows it should be a rock and roll shrine!

    By sluggo on Nov 25, 2014

  5. I would like to think the past “ghosts” and or “angels” had a part in this “salvation”!

    By popac on Nov 25, 2014

  6. This is GREAT! Very fresh sounding even today and it just kicks. Turn it up so your neighbors can enjoy too!

    Thanks BigO!

    By Ron_M on Nov 28, 2014

  7. This is very, very nice.

    By MGM on Nov 29, 2014

  8. And no “whoo-hoo” guy!

    By Eric (the other Eric) on Dec 4, 2014

  9. I love The Cars and missed them when they came Toronto. RIP Benjamin Orr.
    I wish this had been an official CD release.
    Anyone got photos of this performance?
    The Audio is awesome, thank you! Rock on.

    By ZombieGirl on Mar 29, 2015

  10. In 1978 my pal taped this off the air (KQRS, Minneapolis) and lent me the tape. After hearing “Moving In Stereo” I was hooked on The Cars. Been searching for this concert off & on ever since.
    Thank you and everyone who preserved this, and who made this possible!

    By Ruggy on Jul 20, 2017

  11. It took a few tries for each song number 8 through 12 to download

    By ScarRad on Sep 16, 2019

  12. RIP Ric Ocasek, 75.

    By ScarRad on Sep 16, 2019

  13. Rumor has it Ric had a average Un

    By U L E on Sep 16, 2019

  14. Goddamn there are some ugly ass niggers playing in the nfl today . Trying to watch a eagles vs falcons . Unwatchable. Those god damned niggers has ruined football and basketball. It wouldn’t be so bad if there wasn’t so many of them ugly baboons. The way they behave is disgraceful. Like monkeys in a cage .

    By U L E on Sep 16, 2019

  15. Twernt me above. Not a racist. Another fake .

    By U L E on Sep 16, 2019

  16. Benjamin Orr died earlier from pancreatic cancer at age 53 in 2000.

    By ScarRad on Sep 16, 2019

  17. Never a huge fan of this type of music compared to the sixties/ thru mid seventies classic rock heyday. When disco started its march in 76 or so , then punk it seemed contrived . Cars , talking heads , blondie , pistols , police etc were never my thing nor was disco . That dosent mean these bands weren’t talented , just didn’t care for that style of music . Of course compared to today this music is great .

    By Bill on Sep 16, 2019

  18. “Let them leave you up in the air, let them brush your rock and roll hair”…always loved that lyric. The Cars were a great band, very original. Sorry to hear about Ric’s passing. Enjoy every sandwich.
    Thanks BigO!

    By BigE on Sep 16, 2019

  19. Unfortunately, with so many great artists in their mid-to upper 70’s we can expect them to start dying off over the next decade or so.

    By Mark on Sep 16, 2019

  20. Very true . We’ve lost so many legends the last few years and more I’m sure will follow. Didn’t realize Ric was 75. That means he was mid to late thirties when the cars were relevant. Scary to think about it . My his time flys

    By Bill on Sep 16, 2019

  21. My how time flies

    By Bill on Sep 16, 2019

  22. Rick Ocasek was Jewish, as are/were The Cars.

    By The Atheists on Sep 18, 2019

  23. This is fantastic. Many thanks.

    By Hang Fire on Sep 18, 2019

  24. Former West Virginia running back Justin Crawford was sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to child molestation and sodomy charges, WBOY 12 News reports.

    Crawford was arrested last October after a 12-year-old girl told her mother that Crawford approached her while she was asleep in his living room and had her perform oral sx on him, then engaged in intercourse, according to testimony from a police detective.

    Crawford’s wife Chakeya reportedly took the girl to her mother after walking in on the two at 5 a.m. in the living room the previous night. Chakeya said she saw Crawford standing over the girl, but with no erection.

    By THE ANTICHRIST on Sep 18, 2019

  25. This black bastard needs to be strung up on the gallows pole. Motherfucker blaming the 12 year old. Dumb black bastard. Talks like he has a mouth full of coc. He will have it real soon. Son of a bitch

    By THE ANTICHRIST on Sep 18, 2019

  26. GOOD GOD this is great!!! RIP Ric…CARS FOREVER!

    By Don on Sep 18, 2019

  27. Anti it’s the motherfuckin coon mentality. They all is controlled by their dics . No fuckin self control . Still want to know if the girl was white. His wife is black . Big supprise there . Usually these coon players have white sluts

    By Derrick on Sep 19, 2019

  28. If she’s white and this was the 50s or 60s the men in the white sheets would take care of it .

    By Derrick on Sep 19, 2019

  29. Don’t know if the klan exists no more though. Fuckin modern PC bullshit society.

    By Derrick on Sep 19, 2019

  30. Guys there is one person to blame as he got the ball rolling . His name is Lyndon Baines Johnson .

    By HHH on Sep 19, 2019

  31. Bussing ‘ desegregation, equal rights , now mixed marriages ‘ biracial kids etc LBJ was the cattiest

    By HHH on Sep 19, 2019

  32. GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pittsburgh Pirates closer Felipe Vázquez was being held Wednesday in a Pennsylvania jail on multiple felony charges after allegedly telling investigators he attempted to have sx with an underage girl during a meeting at her house in 2017.

    Vázquez is charged with statutory sxual assault, unlawful contact with a minor and corruption of minors, all felonies, and a misdemeanor count of indecent assault of a person under 16 years old

    By THE ANTICHRIST on Sep 19, 2019

  33. What the fuck is going on with the spics now? These dumb motherfuckers cant pick up a woman. They have to get off on children. What the fuck is happening to this country. Every time I open my home page, there is another story bout some nigger or spic having sx with a minor. Son of a bitch. Bastards need to be horsewhipped then strung up

    By THE ANTICHRIST on Sep 19, 2019

  34. Your right about that. The Kennedys hated that Texas scumbag. He got the ball rolling alright. The country has gone from a melting pot to a shite pot

    By THE ANTICHRIST on Sep 19, 2019

  35. You never hear bout this shit happening in the 3rd world countries. That’s because they are amongst their own. Usually people of the same heritage do not fuck with their own. We have so many fucking mongrel mixing in this country that it doesn’t matter. Carte Blanche to all

    By THE ANTICHRIST on Sep 19, 2019

  36. You’re right Antichrist. Blacks ‘ Jews and Hispanics all seem to have a penchant for underage girls and even little boys . Also violence

    By HHH on Sep 19, 2019

  37. Is R Kelly in prison? I know he was convicted.

    By HHH on Sep 19, 2019

  38. This is starting to remind me of the Catholic Priest scandal . They are infamous for molesting little boys .

    By HHH on Sep 19, 2019

  39. Antichrist, one of the many conspiracy theories on the JFK murder is that Johnson was behind it . I believe Jackie thought so . LBJ was a power hungry pig . JFK and Bobby thought Johnson was a country bumkin idiot . Kennedy only wanted him on the ticket to help carry the south .

    By HHH on Sep 19, 2019

  40. Yes HHH, that nigger pedophile is in jail awaiting hearings. These black bastards are changing the face of sports. Bunch of fucking babies. Im not happy playing here. Wah Wah Wah. Trade me or I’ll sit out the season. What has this nation become. A bunch of wimps cow towing to a bunch of field niggers. Steinbrenner would say nigger get the fuck out of town

    By THE ANTICHRIST on Sep 19, 2019

  41. I remember one of my friends telling me that a priest groped him and I said thats BS. I was only 10 what the fuck did I know. Now, I have to admit,that it was probably true in hindsight because its happening everywhere

    By THE ANTICHRIST on Sep 19, 2019

  42. Fucking Jerry Sandusky. A fucking Polish Jew.

    By THE ANTICHRIST on Sep 19, 2019

  43. Anti , Sandusky was a motherfuckin pig . Molesting them little boys . Do you think Paterno knew what was goin on ? He kept that queer little boy fucker on his staff for decades . Hard to believe Joe didn’t know .

    By Derrick on Sep 19, 2019

  44. I remember Father Gagen a queer catholic priest who fucked hundreds of little boys for years . The motherfucker was convicted and went to prison . Somebody stomped his ass to death . Think it was another prisoner who was fucked in the ass as a kid .

    By Derrick on Sep 19, 2019

  45. Thank you for this!

    By Vincent Brennan on Oct 11, 2019

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