By 1989, The Cars were history and leader Ric Ocasek embarked as a full-time solo artist, flexing his Roxy Music/Iggy Pop/Suicide influences to the hilt with a more commercial pop sheen. Not surprisingly, The Cars and Ocasek had built up so much rock goodwill by the end of the ’80s that a second-generation Ocasek rocker was able to score a major-label deal.
Christopher Otcasek, keeping his surnameâ€™s correct spelling, formed Glamour Camp and signed to EMI Records, where they released their self-titled debut album. While there’s nary a trace of dad, Glamour Camp treaded on some similar ground, with Otcasek affecting an Iggy croon on the albumâ€™s leadoff single, â€œShe Did It.â€ Anyone expecting a nepotistic train wreck were disappointed; while it was nothing too remarkable or groundbreaking, â€œShe Did Itâ€ was perfectly serviceable, even charting on the Modern Rock charts and garnering some light rotation MTV play.
Unfortunately, â€œpleasant and serviceableâ€ doesnâ€™t necessarily always translate into â€œbig seller,â€ so Glamour Campâ€™s debut served also as its swan song. However, the band did score somewhat the following year, when their remake of â€œReal Wild Childâ€ — a song that, yes, Otcasek idol Iggy co-wrote — was featured on the Pretty Woman soundtrack, which went on to sell slightly under a gazillion copies.
So in that respect, Glamour Camp lives on in millions of CD collections, quite probably with no one even realizing it.
Itâ€™s currently out of print, but you can grab used copies of the Glamour Camp CD on Amazon for a whopping 1Â¢.