Legendary Cars frontman and acclaimed producer Ric Ocasek has been named as Senior VP of A&R for Elektra Entertainment Group, Billboard reports. Speaking about his new position, Ocasek said, "I'm elated about becoming part of Elektra again. In 1970, Elektra was the first record company I ever visited. I was just a kid from Cleveland, but I idolized Elektra bands like The Doors, Love, Joni Mitchell, and all the others." The Cars released six studio albums for Elektra from 1978's self-titled debut to 1987's Door To Door. Ocasek has since released a steady stream of solo albums, as well as lent his production skills to the likes of Weezer, No Doubt, Guided By Voices, Hole, and many more. While his new position with Elektra is sure to be time consuming, Ocasek is finding time to work on a new solo album in NYC with a working title of Nexterday. Billboard reports that a Cars documentary is also in the works for 2003.
Sylvia Rhone, EEG chairman/CEO is excited to have someone like Ocasek on the Elektra team. She said:
"[Ocasek's] ear for discovering and nurturing talent and his incredible rapport with artists has resulted in a host of career-making records. His keen insight, and his endless devotion to finding great music makes him a once-in-a-lifetime addition to all of Elektra. The entire company joins me in welcoming Ric back to the label that launched his great career."