A lot of folks in my mid-50s demographic (including the Mad Dog, who is a year older than I am for the next eleven days — give him some traffic, huh?) are bummed by the death of Cars frontman Ric Ocasek. And true enough, his band was Exhibit A for the argument that New Wave was Power Pop for the digital watch generation. While their first three albums were my personal favorites, they managed to provide the soundtrack for a lot of lives throughout the band’s decade of action.
While I wouldn’t call the Cars’ “Moving in Stereo” (which Ocasek cowrote) the theme music to my generation’s sexual awakening, it certainly provided the background to our equivalent of Ursula Andress’s debut in Dr. No. To wit (and to the film’s R rating), here’s the scene with Phoebe Cates from Fast Times at Ridgemont High that spawned a million crushes (in its TV-edited version) :
And it’s even a really good song.
So long, Mr. Ocasek. Thanks for the music.