Ric Ocasek: Beatitude US CD 
- Jimmy Jimmy
- Something To Grab For
- I Can’t Wait
- Connect Up To Me
- A Quick One
- Out Of Control
- Take A Walk
- Sneak Attack
- Time Bomb
- Jimmy Jimmy (Single Version)
- Prove (Extended Remix)
- Connect Up To Me (Remix/Extended Version)
- Jimmy Jimmy (A New Extended Version)
I remember when Ric Ocasek released this first of his solo albums in between The Cars “Shake It Up” and “Heartbeat City.” The Cars had fallen off of my radar following the strong “Panorama.” What I’d heard from “Shake It Up” indicated that the band were being very, uh, pragmatic, about their career. When “Panorama” only went platinum with no top 20 hits, the notice went out. Playtime was over. Time to build hits. With “Heartbeat City” they went into overdrive, but there was this curious side step in between those commercial moves.
I should have known better. As a Trouser Press subscriber, I’d received the issue with the flexidisc of the radical synthpop of “Jimmy Jimmy” but I suppose it was the thought of Ocasek, rather than the sounds themselves, that caused me to discount what merits the record might hold. Much to my detriment as I’ve found out now! Thankfully, Rubellan Remasters was at it again, and have reissued the “Beatitude” album thoughtfully since the original 1997 Geffen remaster was scraping three figures especially after Ocasek’s unexpected death last fall. of course, This remaster was cooking in the oven [possibly, literally] before that with the timing of this new CD being coincidental. So what did I regret missing for this long?
“Jimmy Jimmy” was another indication that Ocasek was a very big fan of Suicide. This was a minimal electro number with a thumping “floor tom” drumbeat not a million miles away from the one in Talk Talk’s “Hate” on the surface, but where the British band trafficked in rock melodramatics with their fills, the incessant, monolithic beat here was much more relentless and driven. There were no fills at all! That was old thinking. And while the lyrical stance of the song; a compassionate look at a troubled young man, but then the personal became political as Ocasek slipped Jimmy Jimmy” the payload of the song.
“Are you pretending
It can happen here” – “Jimmy Jimmy”
The throbbing, incessant number was sleeker and much more minimal than anything The Cars ever did. It was mainly that beat, a little vocoder, scant synth sprinkled through it, and Ocasek’s vocal carried the melodic development almost on its own. It was a paradoxical blend of brutal machine energy and a genuinely genteel, nuanced, feel that spoke to the song’s kindness.
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