Brandon Richter

Bio: Brandon is a freelance writer and historian living in Astoria, Queens. He splits his time working for the man, going to concerts, watching baseball, and drinking craft beer. Without asking, he took his father's entire vinyl collection. This lead to a lengthy Frank Zappa, The Who, and Stones phase. With that particular phase over, Brandon's taste extends to most genres, all of which are present in his 50,000 song library. You can follow his exploits at

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They Say It’s Your Birthday celebrates an artist’s special day with other people singing his or her songs. Let others do the work for a while. Happy birthday!

Ric Ocasek, who turns 64 today, may be best remembered for buzzing around in the “You Might Think” video, but between 1978 and 1988 he led the Cars to FM radio immortality with a string of successful singles and albums (and two quality solo albums to boot). After the Cars folded, Ocasek’s skills as a producer became much in demand, and he stood behind the glass for bands such as Bad Brains, No Doubt, Nada Surf, and Weezer’s multi-platinum Blue and Green Albums. In both musician and producer roles, Ocasek’s influence has proven huge and lasting; bands such as The Strokes, Weezer, Fountains of Wayne, and even Nirvana owe Ocasek debts of gratitude for his style and sound, melding ‘50s rockabilly to ‘70s new wave with ‘80s rock and pop sensibilities. Continue reading »