The Cincinnati Enquirer from Cincinnati, Ohio on September 29, 1991 · Page 409
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The Cincinnati Enquirer from Cincinnati, Ohio · Page 409

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music Ric Ocasek's detour Married to a supermodel and divorced from The Cars, the poet follows his muse back on tour but couldn't get married until Ocasek finalized a divorce. (He has three sons from two previous marriages.) After seven years together, they're very affectionate holding hands, kissing. Underlying their love, though, is a profound cultural appreciation. They go to art museums together he prefers modern and she, the classics. They experiment with computer art programs and both paint he, abstracts; she, everything. "She's so far superior to me in that." They're avid readers; she reads several books a week and would prefer, he says, to be a librarian. Thomas Pyn-chon's novel "Gravity's Rainbow" a challenge even to English majors was Ocasek's inspiration for his new album. Over home-cooked Czech food, from which neither seems to gain weight, they discuss their books he might tell her about a biography of poet Charles Bu- en up because of these looks. But now they seem to work for me." The rest of his life doesn't fit a rocker's image. In his off time, which he's had plenty of since The Cars broke up in 1988, he's lived quietly. He and Paulina married two years ago and settled into a Manhattan town house with Siamese cats Jezebel and Mephisto. "I love cats because they have their own lives. I also like to make the cats do human things, like dance on two legs." (He insists that his Stupid Pet Tricks are harmless.) Despite the amount of time they've been in the house, they're still moving in. "I get little parts done," Porizkova sighs. Like their garden so tiny that they can't stretch out their legs. And the basement, the creative center of the house, where Ocasek spends long nights writing prose, poetry and songs. Ocasek also takes photos, a passion since his teens. But in keeping with his mischievous, off-kilter streak, he . doesn't do "normal" pictures. He'll paint abstracts on photos, blow them up to vast proportions, take a beautiful woman and pose her in unseemly, seedy settings. "I like to mess up the beauty because beauty is so deceiving." Not surprisingly, the model often is Porizkova, and he has a hard time messing up that beauty. "She doesn't take a bad picture. Something about the way light bounces off her face." It's appropriate that visual images play a part in their relationship it was video that drew them together. In 1983, the Czech-born Porizkova was newly arrived in New York and watching MTV when an Ocasek video, Something to Grab For, came on. Says Porizkova: "I thought, 'This is the sexiest man I've ever seen.' I was drooling all over the TV screen." The next year, she was asked to appear in a Cars video, Drive. "It was like a teenage dream. I was sitting in a room with the rest of The Cars and the guy from the video walked in. I started sweating. I had a really hard time breathing. I thought I was going to pass out." She rallied and came to a decision. "I knew I was going to marry him." He admits to love at first sight as well. They got together immediately 1 " I J. BEUJSSMOA4I Paulina on Ric: 'Sexiest man Vve seen The Intellectual rocker, out with a new solo album, disbanded The Cars when work became 'redundant, envious, business-oriented.' Former Cars leader Ric Ocasek begins a U.S. tour next month, and he's really not sure what to expect. His third solo album, Fireball Zone, is a mix of snappy, pop, rock songs, like those he did with The Cars, and darker introspective music, unlike anything he's done before. Where he now fits into today's music scene, he doesn't know or care. "I've been making records for 12 years. If I changed to become a dancer and do rap it would prove that I was just in it for the big buck." His austere expression relaxes into a grin. "It would be funny, though I could do it as a comedy record." 1 It would probably sell, too, but the chances of the cool, cerebral Ocasek, 42, doing M.C. Hammer are remote. Ocasek's wife, supermodel Paulina Porizkova, 26, describes him as "a per- 10 USA WEEKEND Stpltmbtr 21-29, 1991 kowski, one of his heroes, and she, about a Charles Dickens bio. They also rely on each other for professional advice. He'll read movie scripts that she's offered; she gives her opinions on songs. "Still, if she doesn't like one and I think others might, I'll' use it anyway," he says with a smile. One unsolicited bit of help made a definite impact, though. After hearing the name of his new album, she fiddled with a computer graphics program. Result: the striking image of red balls bombarding his face, which is the album cover of Fireball Zone. "When the art director at Warner Brothers saw it, he decided it was the one," Ocasek says. "Paulina says it's the best album cover she's ever done." Given their relationship, it probably will not be her last By Laurie Werner Photograph by Karen Kuehn feet gentleman. With his personality and manners, he could be a classical pianist" The looks, though, are stricdy rock V roll. A string bean at 6-foot-2, 150 pounds, dressed in black, with a deathly pallor, startling black hair pulled back in a ponytail and blue-green eyes hidden behind impenetrable dark glasses, he could be nothing but a rock star or Dracula. "I used to get beat

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