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Ric Ocasek was always a bit of a mystery, but one of the things that we forget was that he was nearing his mid-30s when The Cars came out of nowhere and changed everything. Or at least changed everything for me, as I’m only half-joking when I say that side two of The Cars remains the ultimate achievement of Western Civilization.
And because he maintained that air of mystery over the next few decades — those sunglasses did a lot of heavy lifting — it seemed like he died way too young, when in reality he older than Neil Young. It’s a weird world.