Ric Ocasek

Ric would wander down to the bowels of MIT where I was broadcasting the Demi-Monde (on WTBS, now WMBR), a show that would eventually be recognized as the 1st punk rock show in the country. He would play his music from his early Boston band Cap’N’Swing and later The Cars.

When The Cars held their record release party for the 1st album in some Boston hotel ballroom, Ric asked me to spin. He wanted punk rock sounds before and after the playing of the debut album.

He frequently bought me the test pressing of his albums to preview. We always joked that my favorites were always the last song on the album.

Perhaps in retrospect, more hits to come.

A fine, fine man.

“All Mixed Up”  (last song on the debut The Cars)

“Dangerous Type”  (last song on Candy-O)