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graduateGenerally lumped in with the late 70s Ska Revival/Mod Revival due to their suits and their atypical almost-hit Elvis Should Play Ska, this Bath-based five-piece deserved better.

Sharing roots with The Police and The Jam, they were really New Wave guitar-poppers – tight, jerky and heavily stylised but with some very effective hooks.

Some of the teen-tantrum lyrics would no doubt bring a rosy glow of embarrassment to Orzabal’s cheeks these days, but the way toward Tears For Fears is obvious in others.

Roland Orzabal
Vocals, guitar, keyboards
Curt Smith
Bass, synthesisers, vocals
John Baker
Guitar, vocals
Steve Buck 
Keyboards
Andy Marsden
Drums