Last we heard from Zakariya was on the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing where he released a cover of Bowie’s “Space Oddity” to commemorate the occasion. For a much more sombre occasion, he’s now released a cover of The Cars “Drive” in commemoration of the passing of Ric Ocasek.
It’s a faithful rendition and, rightfully, a subdued choice of covers to pay tribute to the passing of the influential songwriter and producer. The more joyful “Just What I Needed” is a crowd favorite but “Drive” carries the appropriate gravitas and intense melancholy.
If nothing else, let this serve as an opportunity to dive into the back catalog of The Cars and the myriad of albums that Ocasek helped to produce.