Three ALT Covers of The Cars in Honor of Ric Ocasek

September 16, 2019
Ric Ocasek

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The music world lost an incredible artist, producer, mentor and friend this weekend. Ric Ocasek, frontman for The Cars, passed away here in New York at the age of 75. I wouldn't be a DJ if not for the mixtapes my dad made for us to sing along to in the car, and songs like "You Might Think", "Magic" and "My Best Friend's Girl" remind me of those beloved childhood memories. My brother and fought so much over our shared copy of Weezer's Ocasek-produced Blue Album that we broke it. He made an indelible mark on many music fans, and he will be missed. 

Aside from the originals, there are some great covers of The Cars worth listening to today in Ric Ocasek's memory. Here's three from Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana and The Strokes (with Jarvis Cocker!) to get you started: