Electric Light Orchestra, ELO's Greatest Hits (1979)
Label: CBS / Jet Records
Kid Cudi: “I stumbled upon ELO because I had a greatest hits CD from them. I was listening to it and I remember being like, 'This shit has to be before its time.' When it came out, people were like, 'What the fuck is this?'
That's ultimately what WZRD is supposed to be; A Kid Cudi-erized version of ELO.
“The instrumentation immediately inspired me. That sound that hasn't been around in a long time. Having a guitar and marrying it with the exact same melody with string and letting those two things live together and how it sounds sonically [is amazing].
“It completely inspired me to want to do WZRD because I remember listening and loving how they combined electric guitar with the strings and how it sounded so beautiful. I wanted to kind of recreate that sound, but with my own energy behind it. That's ultimately what WZRD is supposed to be; A Kid Cudi-erized version of ELO.”