Ric Ocasek (born Richard Otcasek on March 23, 1949) is the former vocalist and frontman for The Cars and a producer for several other groups, including Bad Brains and Suicide. Solo music career The visually distinctive, very slender singer released his first solo album in 1982. Beatitude is a somewhat more experimental variation of The Cars' New Wave rock sound. A more synthesizer-heavy follow up, This Side Of Paradise, was released in 1986. A minor hit, "Emotion In Motion" accompanied the album.