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Weezer Beri Penghormatan untuk Mendiang Ric Ocasek

Posted on: 09/17/19 at 12:45 pm

Nile Rodgers, Beck, Courtney Love, Brandon Flowers, dan berbagai tokoh lainnya ikut menyampaikan belasungkawa atas kepergian ikon power pop dan new wave tersebut.

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Ric Ocasek, yang dinyatakan tutup usia pada hari Minggu (15/9), dikenal sebagai pentolan The Cars. Dia juga memiliki karier yang sukses sebagai produser, dan mungkin yang paling membekas, dia pernah memproduseri album debut Weezer di 1994, Weezer—atau yang lebih dikenal sebagai Blue Album. Ocasek juga bertugas sebagai produser Green Album dan Everything Will Be Alright in the End.

Kemarin, Weezer mengeluarkan pernyataan yang berisi penghormatan kepada mendiang kolaborator mereka. “Kami akan merindukannya selamanya, & selamanya akan menghargai saat-saat berharga waktu kami bekerja dan nongkrong bersamanya.”

Ucapan belasungkawa yang ditujukan untuk Ocasek dari berbagai tokoh di dunia musik terus berdatangan. Nile Rodgers membagikan lagu-lagu favorit yang pernah dia garap bersama Ocasek dari Fireball Zone (1991). Brandon Flowers dari The Killers, yang memberikan pidato pelantikan The Cars ke dalam Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, menguraikan pengaruh Ocasek pada dirinya.

“Saya tidak akan pernah berhenti meniru album pertama The Cars,” tulis Carl Newman dari The New Pornographers. The Hold Steady mengunggah klip musik walk-out mereka— “Since You’re Gone” dari The Cars.

Baca beberapa penghormatan untuk sang mendiang vokalis The Cars di bawah ini.

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Selamat jalan, Ric Ocasek!

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Devastated to hear of the passing on this man, Ric Ocasek. It has brightened my spirit to see how many have posted about Ric, praising his originality, flair, and brilliance. I was blessed to have known him, through friendship and work (his solo album Troubilizing was one I produced). It's hard to share the measure of a man in so few words, because, despite his greatness, Ric was open and down to earth in a way that surprised me. And in that allowed our private conversations to flow and float over 100's of topics (I was mostly interested in what he loved): the Cars, of course, his children and marriage to an eastern siren whom the world (he was aware) didn't think he deserved (he did, and she him), his guitars, Andy Warhol the person and not the myth, Boston (the city), new wave, deco art, NYC living, producing Weezer, being an A + R man, why he got out of the rat race of making hit records, Mutt Lange, grunge, and on and on and on. He's opine easy and I'd listen (for a change). Such pleasurable times I didn't fully appreciate until decades later. Lastly, two things: Ric did me a great honor when he recorded a song I'd written just for him, questioning none of it except it's quirky title (I'd gone quirky as a wry tribute). And a small memory I'll share: we were in Ric's basement, where he had a small, ad hoc studio for writing. And I was asking him a 1000th question on The Cars; in this case, the sound of the keyboard solos. He pointed at a relic. 'Well, that's it' he said. 'THE keyboard', said I? It was, and ironically at that moment Greg Hawkes stopped by and he demonstrated all those great sounds! But then I went for broke. I wanted Ric to show me how to play 'Best Friend's Girlfriend'. He picked up a guitar, played it perfectly (he was an ace guitarist) and handed it over. The sound, I noted, was exact. It was the pink Fender pictured above, and I dutifully played the opening riff as he'd showed. So what was the guitar, I asked? Ric pointed at the flamingo in my hands. My jaw dropped. It was THE guitar! Love you Ric! Gonna miss you forever

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Artikel asli ditulis oleh Evan Minsker untuk Pitchfork dan sudah melalui proses penyaduran serta pengeditan oleh redaksi Mata Mata Musik.

Keterangan Foto Utama: Ric Ocasek di 1995. (Foto: Bob Berg/Getty Images)

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