Mark Hoppus Covers The Cars - "Just What I Needed"

The Blink bassist pays tribute in the wake of Ric Ocasek's passing

September 18, 2019

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Earlier this week, Ric Ocasek, producer for bands like Weezer, No Doubt, Hole, and visionary frontman of The Cars passed away unexplectedly due from complications related to heart disease.  The outpouring of love and respect for the fallen legend was swift and far reaching, with Alt acts like The Smashing Pumpkins, The Strokes, Nirvana covering the band at the peak of their careers and now paying their respects via twitter and other outlets.  Members of The Killers, Run The Jewels and The Hold Steady expressed their deep sadness at the news of his passing.

One such Alt icon took it a step further however, with Blink 182's Mark Hoppus taking to Soundcloud to share a previously unreleased, self proclaimed "creepy" cover of The Cars classic, "Just What I Needed", which was apparently originally tracked for a television show. In a statement attached to the track, he writes "They wanted moody and strange, dark, and drony, with space for dialogue to go over it", continuing, "I went into the studio with my friend James Ingram and this is what we came up with. The show was canceled so quickly the episode never aired, but if you can imagine a grim and grizzled detective determinedly working a murder case that shook them to the very core of their being, this is the music the show requested. It’s been sitting on a hard drive ever since, and with the sad news of Ric Ocasek’s passing, I thought I’d put it up here. Enjoy it. And go listen to The Cars."

While much of Blink's material is more indebted to punk rock roots, it's easy to hear the production heavy textures of The Cars sneak in on albums like 2003's Self Titled and 2011's 'Neighborhoods'.  Blink of course are doing a bit of reflection on their own back catalog at the moment, with their Enema Of The State 20th anniversary tour hitting Barclays Center in Brooklyn, this Friday.  Tickets to that are still available here.

For now listen to Hoppus' cover below, and as he said, go listen to The Cars.