You Might Think Wikipedia’s Delirious

In No Duh Wikipedia by Brady Carlson0 Comments

Ric Ocasek, Human Fly

Often I can’t figure out what Wikipedia is trying to tell me. But in the article about The Cars’ “Heartbeat City” album, Wikipedia can’t figure out what it’s trying to tell me:

The album was produced by acclaimed producer Robert John “Mutt” Lange. His commitment to the Cars album meant that he wasn’t able to work on the forthcoming Def Leppard album, Hysteria. (However, due to delays in that album’s recording, Lange was eventually able to produce the album.)

So the album was produced by Mutt Lange, who wasn’t able to produce the album… until he produced it? Are we supposed to include the decisionmaking process in each part of the credits now? “A Robert Zemeckis Film, Although At First It Wasn’t Clear Whether It Would Be Him or Ron Howard”?

But wait, there’s more:

The “Drive” video (directed by actor Timothy Hutton) showed Ocasek, who did not sing the song, arguing with a troubled young woman played by model Paulina Porizkova, whom Ocasek would soon marry.

This article is like hearing a joke from a friend who keeps forgetting how it goes. “So Ric Ocasek is arguing with this woman – but wait, I should have said, he’s not singing, it’s Benjamin Orr singing – but Ric is arguing with the woman, even though in real life he’s getting married to her. And that guy made it – Timothy Dalton, from James Bond. Wait, I think I told it wrong. Lemme start over.”

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