Missing Persons' first single, 1982's "Mental Hopscotch" is an intriguing, forward-looking blend of new wave pop and old-school FM rock. (This befits the band's prior history, particularly drummer Terry Bozzio and guitarist Warren Cuccurullo's stints with Frank Zappa.) For all the flashy synth fills, the musical focus is strictly on Cuccurullo's heavy guitar riffs and Bozzio's hyperactive drumming, while singer Dale Bozzio introduces all of the quirky vocal tics (octave-jumping hiccups, deliberately childish sing-song chanting, sex-kitten purrs) that would hold her in good stead for the rest of her career. "Mental Hopscotch" isn't one of Missing Persons' best singles ? it wasn't even included on their full-length debut album, Spring Session M, until the expanded CD reissue came out ? but it does point the way towards their later, bigger hits. The song's lengthy instrumental introduction quickly became a favorite of program directors for sports-talk radio stations and local televised high school football highlights across the country, appearing as a music bed for commercial bumpers nearly as often as the Electric Light Orchestra's "Fire On High" and Animotion's "Obsession."