February 17, 2009

Mod-A-Day: Graduate

In 1980 pretty much everyone was either a mod, or into a ska, or a mod who was really into ska. So it should come as no surprise that Tears For Fears founders Roland Oszabal and Curt Smith were no different. The difference wasn't a big one. (Although, apparently in those days record deals were handed out with scarcely a thought to what would actually be produced -- not unlike Seattle's big grunge scare of '89 when if you could fog a mirror and wore flannel you were presumed to be fronting the next big grunge thing.)

So, in 1980 (years before Tears For Fears was even a gleam in their producer's eyes) Graduate released their biggest single, "Elvis Should Play Ska" -- a debatable thesis to begin with. But a not totally worthless bit of new wave bandwagoning, power pop coattailing, music with a bit of ska overtones. Just a bit.

Graduate Elvis Should Play Ska