THIS is the Ric Ocasek song we all remember from the '80s

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Yesterday we featured Jimmy, Jimmy in our little two-part tribute to Ric Ocasek’s first solo album Beatitude – today we go with the minor hit Something To Grab For.

The song reached No. 47 on the singles chart in 1983 and the video is a dry comic look at every man’s fantasy (a hot date) and every man’s bane (waiting for their hot date to get ready).

The object of desire in Something To Grab For is Marianne Gravatte. Gravatte was Playboy Playmate of the Month in October 1982 and became Playmate of the Year in 1983. She also appears on the album cover of Ratt’s Invasion of Your Privacy and had the key role in the Lay It Down video as Stephen Pearcy’s birthday wish come true.

Despite the humorous ending of Something To Grab For, Ocasek would prove no slouch in dealing with other models as he met Paulina Porizkova on the set for the Cars Drive video in 1984 and would marry her in 1989.

Ocasek is still playing and producing music, including 2011’s excellent Cars album entitled Move Like This.

[Last modified: Thursday, August 29, 2013 8:54am]

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