Ric Ocasek was the lead singer, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter for the multi-platinum new wave rock band The Cars. After skyrocketing to stardom with the release of their debut album, and hit singles "Just What I Needed" and "My Best Friend's Girl," in 1978, Ocasek took the radio-friendly Boston-based band to the top of the rock heap. He wrote, co-produced and sang lead on four subsequent hit Cars albums before venturing off to do a solo project.
When Ocasek wrote and recorded Beatitude in 1982, it is uncertain if he was trying to either distinguish himself as a solo artist or create a different musical experience than he had with The Cars; in the end, it seems he did neither. Beatitude, and his subsequent other solo albums, were essentially reminiscent of mediocre Cars demos.
Ocasek would return to The Cars to record one more great album (Heartbeat City in 1984) and one not-so-great album (Door to Door in 1987), before breaking up the band to become a full time producer and part-time solo artist. He spent most of the last ten years as an A&R exec for Geffen Records, and he launched his own label in 2005.