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 surnameÁ¢€™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 albumÁ¢€™s leadoff single, Á¢€Å“She Did It.Á¢€ Anyone expecting a nepotistic train wreck were disappointed; while it was nothing too remarkable or groundbreaking, Á¢€Å“She Did ItÁ¢€ was perfectly serviceable, even charting on the Modern Rock charts and garnering some light rotation MTV play.
Unfortunately, Á¢€Å“pleasant and serviceableÁ¢€ doesnÁ¢€™t necessarily always translate into Á¢€Å“big seller,Á¢€ so Glamour CampÁ¢€™s debut served also as its swan song. However, the band did score somewhat the following year, when their remake of Á¢€Å“Real Wild ChildÁ¢€ — 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.
ItÁ¢€™s currently out of print, but you can grab used copies of the Glamour Camp CD on Amazon for a whopping 1Á‚¢.