A Wonderful Full-Concert Video of an Early Cars Performance & RIP Ric Ocasek & Eddie Money



Last week was difficult for Rock fans with the passing of both Ric Ocasek and Eddie Money. Eddie had a string of fun, singable rock and pop hits in the 70s and 80s, and his concerts were a blast; thousands of fans swaying and singing along to hits like "Baby Hold On” and “Two Tickets to Paradise.”


Ocasek was more influential in the music world as a writer, performer and producer, and the "Cars" exploded onto the music scene in 1978 with their debut album which introduced "New Wave" to many rock fans with hits like, "Just What I Needed" and "My Best Friend's Girl.


Open Culture.com: "They created a sense of familiarity, blending synth pop, punk, and New Wave with classic rock and roll moves; five ordinary-looking joes who’d paid their bar band dues. They also sustained an air of alienation and intrigue. Willing to be silly, yet unapproachably cool, with the most weirdly oblique of pop radio hits. “With their debut album in 1978,” writes Rolling Stone’s Mikal Gilmore, “the Cars created one of the rarest phenomena of late-Seventies rock & roll: a pop artifact that unified many factions of a pluralistic rock scene.”


Here is a wonderful full-concert, live performance of the Cars at the University of Sussex, Brighton soon after the release of their first album.


RIP Ric Ocasek & Eddie Money


Photo credit: Adanne Osefo

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By: Don Lam & Curated Content

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