Ric Ocasek, lead singer of The Cars, has passed away at the age of 70 (or 75, depending on which news source you believe.) He sang a lot of hits you hear on the radio to this very day, songs like “Good Times Roll”, “You’re All I’ve Got Tonight”, and “Just What I Needed.” There are others, but I’m not gonna sit here all night typing out the whole fuckin discography. While song lyrics and their meanings are often the subject of debate, I believe virtually all of The Cars songs are about banging (if not now, eventually) or at the very least probably fingerblasting. Not “My Best Friend’s Girl” though, which, with the chorus of “She’s my best friend’s girl/she’s my best friend’s girl (girlll)/ but she used to be mine” appears to be a song about being cuckolded. But, perhaps he wrote the song at a time in his life where he said, you know what, things just didn’t work out for her and I, it wasn’t a good match for whatever reason, and now she’s dating my friend who’s a great guy, and maybe he was in such a good place where he was like “I’m genuinely happy for both of them.” There’s another, possibly even more likely scenario, in which he dated her first, then she turned into one of those chicks who never leaves and keeps asking when you’re going to write a song about her. His friend swoops in to relieve him of his duties, and maybe the song is just about the utter relief one feels when they’ve dodged a bullet.
While Ric has left us to go play on that big stage in the sky where everyone knows the lead singer’s name but the rest of the band are still nobodies, we are fortunate enough to be alive here on the same earth where his wife still resides. Obviously, our thoughts and prayers are with their entire family, but I would be remiss if I did not point out the fact that Paulina is a total Wilf.