I was a Roland girl

Cathy ZielskeCZ Life47 Comments


In the category of Going against the obvious choice, (much like my preference for Grieco over Depp, which actually was period related, in that, i'm no fool in 2007—I'd choose Depp) i was a Roland (yes, look right) girl.

Deciding I needed to take a break from searching YouTube for every obscure Neil Finn-related clip I could unearth, I was looking over Celebrity Playlists on iTunes because my friend Lisa McG (fellow musically obsessed soul mate and all around rad chick) told me to check out John Cusack's list. Which got me lost in celeb lists, looking for, you guessed it: those who liked Neil.

Only ONE band had a single Neil song: Death Cab for Cutie. Nice.

But while looking, someone (and i can't remember which fabulous celebrity it was) listed a song by Tears for Fears, Woman in Chains (see link on my new link list), and that got me to search my own iTunes library, to listen to a band that, for a time, was my favorite band in the world.

I really believe if they hadn't broken up, (from their original form) they would have continued to take over the planet. Although I personally loved the TFF albums without Curt. Because I am a Roland girl.

Why? Because when he sings, he means it. That's really all it takes for me to get hooked. If they mean it. That's why i'm breaking my usual pattern of NOT listening to female artists and putting Brandi Carlile on from time to time. She bloody MEANS it when she sings.

So I'm lost in nostalgia right now.

I actually saw TFF on their comeback tour a few years back. New album is actually good. So was the show. But it's not like Neil love or anything.

And speaking of…

I had the WORST dream last night. I was going to the concert….(remember, front row seats?) and i got there, and realized they never sent my tickets. And the show was starting. After FREAKING out and crying to the ticket window people, i realized that i did, in fact, have the tix in my purse, and i ran to the front, where Pete Yorn had already started, except that he wasn't playing. He was sitting next to a man on the stage, who was lying on his back, and Pete was covering him with moss…

then i woke up.

What the hell does THAT mean?

And my arm…not going to be talking about that either. I'm focusing on the positive. And, heading to Utah for a week, next week. So…next posting will occur from the beautiful Salt Lake area…

Until then…it's Roland forever.


Cathy ZielskeI was a Roland girl

47 Comments on “I was a Roland girl”

  1. #1

    I was a Roland fan too. I Still love his voice but can’t do the long hair. (Remember that nasty period when pg was dating Roseanna Arquette and she convinced him he looked good with long hair?! blech!)

  2. #3
    Annie Adams

    OMG they look old – my memory of them is from the MTV videos..they were one of my faves too…saw them in concert…I loved Curt though..liked The Working Song – I think that is the name, I haven’t listened to one of their CDs in forever.

  3. #5

    OMG–i LOVE Brandi! my friend david (quite the singer/songwriter himself, so he should know–and here’s a shameless plug for him–http://www.david-greco.com) introduced her to me a few weeks ago–and i couldn’t quite find the words for WHY she’s so amazing (other than the fact that she’s got a MAGNIFICENT voice, of course!), but you have NAILED it. she means EVERY word she sings. FABULOUS!

  4. #6

    I am a RO girl all the way! I have seen TFF in concert 3 times: Elemental our, the Kings of Spain tour, and the most recent tour where the lads reunited. It was amazing to see Curt & Roland on the stage together again! I LOVE Roland’s work without Curt, but it was awesome to hear them sing together again. If you haven’t checked it out, give a listen to Roland’s solo album “Tomcats Screaming Outside” (the only one for which he dropped the TFF name). It’s really great stuff–very different, but I love it. And I agree–that man’s VOICE…sends me into shivers! It is gorgeous. Woman in Chains shows off the range and richness of Roland’s voice magnificently!

  5. #7

    I have to say- that song Creep? Well, it was my cousin’s FIRST DANCE song at her WEDDING! There was a band covering it (as opposed to a DJ playing CDs) and once I realized what it was, I was, um, shocked. And then I wondered as they got to the chorus- which version are they gonna sing? I mean, you think you would know, but then again, you don’t expect that as a first dance song, either. It was, um, a little strange. And no, no f-bombs, thankfully. Don’t know if grandma could have taken that!

  6. #8

    Cathy, thanks for the laugh. I enjoy reading your blog, you just make me laugh and I can totally relate to the front row, no ticket fear. For me it was the Goo Goo Dolls (who I’ve seen 6 times) this spring, I kept checking to make sure I had the tickets with me the whole way there, good thing it was close by…in case I forgot them! Thanks!

  7. #9

    Funny, you mentioning Tears for Fears reminds me of the day I picked up the single tape for Break It Down Again. I drove my college roommates absolutely berzerk because I played that one song so many times. While I certainly knew who TFF was, I had never paid attention before. This one song is still the one I think about whenever I hear TFF mentioned.

  8. #10

    umm… think I went to the first EVER TFF gig (Margate Winter Gardens, UK pop pickers, but I am prepared to be corrected by better fans that I). Does that make me incredibly old or incredibly cool?

  9. #11
    Diane A

    ahhhhhhhhh…so many fond memories of TFF back in the day. I was a Curt girl, but I did love Roland’s passion…NOT the dancing, poor thing. Have a great weekend!!

  10. #12
    Dianne Nelson

    I too am a Roland Girl.

    I too love Brandi Carlisle. I heard her first on the soundtrack for the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. (shh!). You might try Chantal Kreviazuk or Anna Nalick if you haven’t already….


  11. #13
    stephanie t.

    OMG! Not touching THAT drean with a ten foot pole kiddo! In lieu of interpreting all those Jungian symbols…How ’bout a nice glass of Yellow Tail cab-merlot to chase ’em away?! (a personal favorite)…{relax kiddo!}

  12. #14

    Ok wait.. first you mention John Cusack and then Tears for Fears… I don’t even know how to search celebrity play lists or whatever you were talking about, but I’m sure that by the end of the day, I’ll have it figured out.

    John Cusack is the only permanent member of my “fantasy island.” And just recently I decided Bon Jovi (Jon? oh crud…I’m horrible with names..I’m not ocd about them like you are…) anyway after he was on American Idol… I sent him to my fantasy island. He still looks hot!! But even more than that… can’t you just see them hanging out together?

    Now I have to go find Cusack’s list to see if Bon Jovi is on there…

    You are such an enabler!!!!

  13. #15
    Madeline R

    Brandi Carlyle’s voice comes up when you go to my blog. I love her. I discovered her when she opened for my last obsession – Train. She mentioned that she had just found out that day that her song was going to be on “Grey’s Anatomy” and between her song and Kyle Chandler saying he was on it I rented it and got incredibly hooked. Such good connections.

  14. #16

    Oh man, I love TFF. They’re on a regular rotation in my house. My poor kids–they don’t realize that there has been much music made since the 80s. Oh well.

    Woman in Chains got me onto Oleta Adams and I did go through a phase of endlessly listening to her cassette in 1990. The song Get Here got rewound a lot…

  15. #17

    ahhhh, roland. i was obsessed with him, and for precisely the reason you mentioned – he means every word! i’m a little weak in the knees just thinking about him …

    oh, and my hubster says my gfs and i are all a little cracked, living in the 80s (one is a duran duran freakishly-fanatic-fan). but i say those were good times, when we had not a care in the world- kidless, mortgage-less (and sometimes foodless, lol!). . .

  16. #18

    I loved TFF back in the day, but was not a big fan or Roland’s hair. I was very superficial as a teen (aren’t we all)!
    Moss, eh? Very interesting…

  17. #19

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the song Creep by Radiohead!! Always reminds me of my Best Friends Older brother who made a mix of music for me on a tape (this was back in the day of course!) and had this on it!
    That was a strange dream you had! Don’t lose your tickets, hold on tight to those babies!!

  18. #20

    Roland IS awesome, however – I totally had a crush on the Simon LeBon-esque keyboard player in TFF. Holy hot. Just check out the ‘Head over Heels’ video. 🙂

    Am I the only person who hears ‘Creep’ and cringes? Honestly, not the best Radiohead song, no matter who tries to make it better.

  19. #22

    I don’t know if you knew about this, but I just noticed your link to “Business Time,” and HBO has a series called “Flight of the Conchords.” I saw my first episode last week, and it was hilarious. Love those guys!

  20. #23
    Martha M.

    Hey CZ!
    Just love your blog! I went to see TFF here in Austin on their last tour and actually got to watch the entire thing from the side stage and then hang out a little with Roland and Curt after the show. Amazingly nice guys. I was such a geek I had to get them to sign my ticket stub! Roland was hilarious and very chatty. Curt was very dry witted and a little more subdued than Roland. Shared a good cold beer and about 15 minutes! So cool. My sister got us the backstage passes. She gets stuff like that all of the time. She has met more singers/musicians than you can imagine–lucky girl–and no, she’s not a groupie!

    Also, if you haven’t seen Flight of the Conchords on HBO, you MUST!
    Here is a link to an article about the show and within the article there is a link to the pilot episode (free on iTunes as well):

  21. #25

    Woohoo I am a Roland girl too! Saw the Elemental tour in HS and fell in love! One of the best shows I have ever been to. Now I wanna go find my TFF CD’s!

  22. #26
    Kathy T


    Watched the Mother’s Work video – so so funny. My mom used to dance like that at parties, and I remember being verrrrry mortified.

    Maybe my screen resolution isn’t what it should be, but was that Jon Cryer pretending to be Roland?

    I laughed out loud. Thanks for starting my day off right.

  23. #27

    Hi Cathy! Could you post how you made the video of Chip the dog? Like what program you used…..and btw…was is it difficult? It looks great and I would like to make one. Thanks, Janie Werner

  24. #28

    Hoooly CRAP. With one post you took me back to my mis-spent youth. First off, I still lust after John Cusack (what I wouldn’t have given to be Ione Skye in “Say Anything”…jeez louise. I try to avoid the evil overlord i-tunes whenever possible but now must go see his playlist. Enabler. And I too was a Roland girl in my day. I saw them live at Madison Square Garden way back in my Aqua Net days. If you haven’t yet, check out Gary Jules and his remake of “Mad World” – I came across it on an episode of “CSI” ages ago, and downloaded it…of course it pales in comparison to Roland, but not a bad take on a classic. Hope you’re having a great weekend!

  25. #29
    Stephanie Kourianos

    Hi, read your blog daily but first time commenter. Live in SLC, and my husband knows who you are because I talk about you like we’re friends. I’ll say, “Cathy is in Salt Lake this week.” He’s gotten pretty used to it now. Anyways, there’s a movie called “Once” that you HAVE to see. You love music and you will love this movie. It’s a love story, and it’s a musical (but not in that cheesy Chicago kind of way). It’s raw and it’s beautiful. You’re in SLC this week and it’s playing at the Broadway Theatre in town. Watch it, love it, email me and let me know if you cried. I did.
    -Stephanie Kourianos

  26. #30

    Have I told you that I LOVE that you’re my age? 🙂 I love to reminisce with you over the net.
    You make me go on Youtube at 2am, but that’s ok, b/c even though I’m exhausted, I feel happy inside. 🙂

  27. #32
    Erica Lallas


    I too am a Roland lover and for the longest time blamed the entire Tears breakup completely on Curt – how could my beloved Roland ’cause such a travesty! I thought it was ridiculous that Curt was coming out with a solo album because Roland was the powerhouse voice…then I heard it at a listening stand at Best Buy – I was mistaken! Curt’s solo album is phenomenal! It won’t disappoint – I highly suggest you give it a listen! Love your blog! 🙂

  28. #33
    Sigrid B

    Hi Cathy,

    Love your blog! I t/a’d for you whilst in Wellington, New Zealand! We had a full page article on Neil Finn in yesterday’s paper. Have scanned but not sure how to email it to you? Know you are a big Neil Finn fan- rescued it from hubby who was about to throw it away!! Let me know if there is some way of getting it to you 🙂

  29. #34

    I knew when you mentioned Howard Jones that we were soulmates (har har – that’s not creepy at all), but now you’ve just confirmed it with your love of TFF and Roland. Aahh, nostalgie quand tu nous tiens! But I prefer the guitar riff on Everybody wants to rule the world….

  30. #35
    tonya boone

    my favorite all time song is CREEP.. i love love love radiohead.. i think a new album is in the works soon..


  31. #36
    Alana M

    Love me some TFF. Summer of 85 was huge with them. I remember listening to their #1 song and my mom said “weren’t they at #1 last month?” “Yes mom, but that was a different song”

  32. #38
    Kim Glinski

    Cathy This has nothing to do with this day’s blog, but I have a question and I don’t know how to get in touch with you. So hopefully you read all the comments. What kind of photo paper do you use when printing from your home commuter? Thanks so much – I am a great fan of your work. Kim kgglin@msn.com

  33. #40

    I’m laughing as I read your blog tonight because I’m right there in the moment. Oh the 80’s, sigh… Why are we so anxious to grow out of an era but sooo nostalgic for those times and tunes years later? Love your thoughts…daily!!! Love that you continue to provide a “cool chick” universal memory for all of us that seemed to have grown into “scrapbooking moms.” Did I blink? When did that happen???? When did the 80’s become back in the day? I’d put quotes around back in the day (twice) but am fearful of becoming too quotalishish with my blog comment. Like that girl with the guitar in Say Anything!!! Notice no quotes for the title of the movie either 😉 Rock on funny girl!

  34. #41
    Lee W

    Love your blog. We are the same age, so I so relate to your musical choices. The other day after reading about CH (I loved them, not too familiar with the new stuff) I had one song in particular stuck in my head all day long!! All your fault! haha Drove me nuts! Man, loved TFF too. How about Level 42? Loved them too!

  35. #43

    well, that’s a relief – i can have Curt all to myself. esp now that he has lost the skinny braid (euwh).

    thanks for bringing tff back to mind, gonna go dload some greatest hits.

  36. #44

    ooh, almost forgot if you haven’t read it already i just picked up the book

    Love is a Mix Tape

    isn’t it just?


  37. #45
    Jane Toft

    Hi Cathy,
    Guess I’m kind of your counterpart here in the UK. I’m Art Editor on Scrapbook inspirations magazine. Quite spookily we are based in Bath, the home of the Tears for Fears boys (well they were boys when we were girls, and I for one am holding on to that!). In another twist of fate Neil Finn also rocks my world and so I have included a link to a very recent Crowded House session on the Beeb that I hope you manage to connect to.
    Take care,
    Jane x


  38. #46

    Speaking of Grieco…totally my fave, too.

    So you must have been a “Booker” fan! I remember driving back to college after break and getting stuck in traffic, knowing I was going to be late and miss it. This was waaaay pre-DVR, and we didn’t even have a VCR to tape it – waaahhhhh! Seriously, I did actually weep. Oh, how I loved him so.

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