Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus shares “moody” cover of The Cars’ “Just What I Needed”: Stream

A previously unreleased rendition recorded for a TV show that never made it to air

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Ric Ocasek of The Cars and Mark Hoppus of Blink-182 (photo by Philip Cosores)

Tributes have been pouring in for the late Ric Ocasek ever since the iconic The Cars singer passed away on Sunday. The latest comes from Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus, who has shared a previously unreleased cover of the new wave outfit’s classic “Just What I Needed”.

Hoppus posted the track on Soundcloud, where he explained it’s actually from a couple of years ago. “I was asked to record a creepy cover of ‘Just What I Needed’ for a tv show,” he recalled. “They wanted moody and strange, dark, and drony, with space for dialogue to go over it. I went into the studio with my friend James Ingram and this is what we came up with.”

He stopped short of actually naming the series in question, noting that it was canceled “quickly” before the episode featuring his rendition made it to air. “…If you can imagine a grim and grizzled detective determinedly working a murder case that shook them to the very core of their being, this is the music the show requested,” he said. “It’s been sitting on a hard drive ever since, and with the sad news of Ric Ocasek’s passing, I thought I’d put it up here. Enjoy it. And go listen to The Cars.”

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Listen to Hoppus’ take on “Just What I Needed” below.

Ocasek was found dead in his New York City apartment on Sunday afternoon. Medical examiners determined the 75-year-old rock icon died of heart disease, specifically hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, while a pulmonary emphysema also contributed.