I had forgotten how funny Ocasek was in this. Strange what pops into your head when you least expect it.
I heard the news of his passing last night and was genuinely saddened. Obviously, like any right-thinking rock fan, I thought The Cars were totally awesome, but as a New Yorker -- well, let's just say that when I lived in the Village, Ocasek was about as approachable a star as you could imagine; you were constantly bumping into him (sometimes with his charming wife) while grocery shopping or at the video store. He was just a neighborhood guy, albeit one who kind of looked like some kind of weird stick insect.
I should add that I have long insisted that someday some very hep country band is gonna cover "My Best Friend's Girl" and have a huge hit with it.
I should also add that "You Might Think" is one of my Top Ten favorite records of all time.
And that this bluegrass cover of "Just What I Needed" is one of the greatest things in the history of things.
Have I mentioned that this death shit is really starting to piss me off?