Happy Birthday To Ric Ocasek

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(Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

(Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Today is [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Ric Ocasek[/lastfm]‘s 63rd birthday!!

And to celebrate, Jack FM is making [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Cars[/lastfm]‘ “Moving in Stereo” our Song of the Day!!

Where’s Phoebe Cates in a red bikini when you need her?!

They were one of the most successful and beloved pop-rock bands of the late ’70s and early ’80s.

After a DJ in Boston began playing a demo of their song “Just What I Needed,” The Cars signed with Elektra Records and released their self-titled debut album in 1978.  The Cars was well-received, with one critic describing it as a “genuine rock masterpiece.”  The album spent 139 weeks on the Billboard 200, peaking at No. 18 and selling nearly six million copies.  Other hits from The Cars included “My Best Friend’s Girl,” “Good Times Roll,” “Bye Bye Love” and “Moving in Stereo,” which is Jack’s Song of the Day.

Candy-O came in ’79, with Panorama a year later.  Both were platinum-selling albums and charted in the Top 5 on the Billboard 200.  In 1981, The Cars scored their first Top 10 hit in the U.S. with “Shake It Up.”  The title track from their fourth album, “Shake It Up” climbed to No. 4 on Billboard‘s Hot 100.

After a two-year hiatus during which band members pursued various solo projects, The Cars regrouped for 1984’s Heartbeat City.  Produced by Robert “Mutt” Lange, the album was a huge commercial success and catapulted the band to superstar status.  The singles “Magic” and “Drive” were hits on pop radio, while “You Might Thinktopped the Mainstream Rock chart.  The latter, with its innovative music video, also won Video of the Year at the first MTV Video Music Awards.

The Cars released two more albums, Greatest Hits and Door to Door, before disbanding in 1988.

More than 20 years later, the band’s founding members (with the exception of bassist/vocalist [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Benjamin Orr[/lastfm], who had passed away in ’00) reunited, and in May 2011, they released the critically-acclaimed Move Like This.  The album debuted at No. 7, and its first single, “Sad Song,” reached No. 33 on the Billboard Rock Songs chart.

A successful 11-city North American tour followed.

Check out this clip of The Cars performing “Magic.”  Seriously, what does Paulina Porizkova see in Mr. Ocasek?!

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