Thursday, September 1, 2011

Ric Ocasek - Something to Grab For

By the early 1980's, The Cars had become one of the most successful rock bands in the world, due to Ric Ocasek's ability to write songs that seamlessly blended new wave and rock elements.  However, in spite of their success, or more likely, because of it, Ocasek began to feel stifled.  He decided to release a solo album as a way to experiment with songwriting, while maintaining The Cars as the more commercial vehicle.

His first solo album, 1982's Beatitude, was an interesting and inconsistent album that produced the minor hit "Something to Grab For."  This mostly forgotten song hit #47 on the Billboard charts in 1983, helped out by heavy airplay on MTV.

Cool trivia fact:  the woman in the video is 1983 Playmate of the Year Marianne Gravatte.

Ocasek's only top 40 solo single "Emotion in Motion" was posted on ERV in June 2015.


  1. Darryl Jenifer of Bad Brains play bass on that track.

    1. True and awesome. Thanks for the trivia.