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Graduate was an English new wave/mod revival musical group formed in 1978, in Bath, England. They were only very mildly successful, and broke up by 1981. They are today best known as being the initial recording vehicle for future Tears for Fears members Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith, who found major international fame in the 1980s and ’90s.

John Baker and Roland Orzabal were at school together and performed as the “Baker Brothers” in local pubs and clubs from 1977 aged 16. The name Graduate came from the fact that they used to open shows with a cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s “Mrs. Robinson”, which was featured in the movie The Graduate. In 1979, Graduate signed a publishing deal with Tony Hatch who subsequently offered the group to Pye Records.

In 1979, Graduate visited Cambridge for May week, staying at St. John’s College with band member Steve Buck, and playing an open air gig at at a birthday party for the self-styled Peter Counsell-Farquhar and William d’Arcy Symonds. “Graduate - they were fantastic” - William Symonds 2014.

In 1980, Graduate released an album, Acting My Age, and a single “Elvis Should Play Ska” (referring to Elvis Costello, not Presley) on Pye’s Precision label. The single reached No. 106 in the UK Singles Chart, but performed better in Spain and in Switzerland; the group also achieved a measure of success in some other European countries such as Germany and Greece.

In 1981, Orzabal and Smith went on to form the acclaimed new wave band Tears for Fears. John Baker later joined The Korgis, a band featuring members of Stackridge.


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  • orang_gila

    Elvis should play SKA... but i think its nice time for Metalica in order to getin' acquainted with ska. :D

    4 Oct 2011 Reply
  • chocollateradio

    Elvis Costelo should play ska, but i like the guy anyway..

    23 Jul 2010 Reply
  • lizzylane

    yay i'm a top listener :D love anything roland and curt do.

    8 Jun 2009 Reply
  • dobbin

    wow where is that picture from? lol

    10 Apr 2008 Reply
  • felixcostello

    Tears For Fears eh?...weird

    26 Apr 2007 Reply
  • fen0m

    it's ffs THE graduate

    18 Apr 2007 Reply
  • scapula41

    Graduate is really very succesful.. members' are known as 'Tears for Fears' today, but I don't like it..

    9 Dec 2006 Reply

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