Education in Love (by Rods and Cones, 1985)

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Rods and Cones
2012-05-15
Rods and Cones

Story

"Education in Love," written by Rods and Cones, 1985, from the self-titled EP, produced by Alec Murphy and Rods and Cones.

For the moment, let me talk about the music track of "Education in Love," as opposed to the video. (For info on the video, please go here, and to see the video, please go here.)

In 1984 and 1985, Rods and Cones went into the studio to record our first EP. Those were still the days when vinyl records were the norm, not a boutique item, and the barriers to entry were higher. We went to Polymedia Studio, which was Alec Murphy's (RIP) 16-track studio on Newbury Street in Boston. Over the course of several weeks, we recorded most of the tracks that appeared on the self-titled EP.

Then we tried to get fancy, and we spent days and days -- and too much money -- at the even higher-tech studio SynchroSound, which was owned and operated by the Cars. Synchro was 24-track, and the technology got on top of our heads. We'd spend hours and hours trying to get a sound on the snare drum, and it sounded like a tin can. Occasionally Ric Ocasek would poke his head into the studio and see what was happening.

We were a bit discouraged, but in the midst of it all, we were gigging like crazy, and we had a new tune, "Education in Love," that Alec felt would be a good kick off to the album. So we loaded our gear back into the comfort of Polymedia and banged out "Education in Love" in just one or two takes, and as I recall, Chris Kelley did the vocal track in one take.

It's a very simple song -- the whole thing is in one chord, and the vocals are on three notes. But it has a good beat, don't you think? We put it as track No. 1 on the self-titled EP, and it got a good response at WFNX in Lynn, Mass. Then, a week or two later, WBCN started spinning it. Meanwhile, a couple of Emerson College students, Kris Hockemeyer and Peter Martinez, produced an amusing video for the song (the video positively screams "1985," and I mean that in a good way).

All in all, a nice experience. Of course, we became saddled with this song and had to play it at every gig. Though a year or two later, we played at Jack's in Cambridge and went the whole night without playing "Education," and I thought that was rather daring.

Anyway, as I now say in my best Don Kirschner voice, here is Rods and Cones' greatest hit, "Education in Love."

Lyrics

(verse)

She was an angel

Wore her hair in a bow

Eyes from the heavens

A face of someone who knows what to do.

I'd see her walking, I'd see her talking to the boys

Couldn't help but wonder if she'd show me her joys.

 

(chorus)

Your infatuation was my education in love

Your infatuation was my education in love

 

(verse)

When it started, I said love was a breeze

As time rolled by, she was hard to please

I swore off drinking and bought a new car

The day she left me, I smashed it up on my way home from the bar

 

(chorus)

Your infatuation was my education in love

Your infatuation was my education in lover

 

(verse)

She was an angel, wore her hair in a bun

Tons of money and tons of fun

I'd see her walking, I'd see her talking to the boys

Couldn't help but wonder if she'd show me her joys

 

(chorus)

Your infatuation was my education in love

Your infatuation was my education in lover

Your infatu-atu-ation was my edu-edu-cation in love

Your infatu-atu-ation was my edu-edu-cation in love

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