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Tears For Fears

Tears for Fears were always more ambitious than the average synth pop group. From the beginning, the duo of Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith were tackling big subjects -- their very name derived from Arthur Janov's primal scream therapy, and his theories were evident throughout their debut, The Hurting. Driven by catchy, infectious synth pop, The Hurting became a big hit in their native England, setting the stage for international stardom with their second album, 1985's Songs from the Big Chair. On the strength of the singles "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" and "Shout," the record became a major hit, establishing the duo as one of the leading acts of the second generation of MTV stars. Instead of quickly recording a follow-up, Tears for Fears labored over their third album, the psychedelic and jazz-rock-tinged The Seeds of Love. While the album was a big hit, it was the end of an era instead of a new beginning. Smith left the group early in the '90s, and Orzabal continued with Tears for Fears, pursuing more sophisticated and pretentious directions to a smaller audience.

Orzabal and Smith met as children in Bath, England. Both boys came from broken homes, and Smith was leaning toward juvenile delinquency. Orzabal, however, turned toward books, eventually discovering Arthur Janov's primal scream therapy, a way of confronting childhood fears that John Lennon embraced after the Beatles disbanded. Orzabal turned Smith on to Janov, but before the duo explored this theory further, they formed the ska revival band Graduate in the late '70s. After releasing a handful of singles, including "Elvis Should Play Ska," Graduate dissolved in the early '80s, and the duo went on to form Tears for Fears, a synth pop outfit directly inspired by Janov's writings.

Riding in on the tail end of new wave and new romantic, Tears for Fears -- which featured musical contributions from former Graduate keyboardist Ian Stanley on early albums -- landed a record contract with Polygram in 1982. The following year, the band released its debut, The Hurting, which became a major hit in Britain, generating no less than three Top Five hit singles. Two years later, the group released Songs from the Big Chair, which demonstrated a more streamlined and soul-influenced sound. Songs from the Big Chair became a huge hit in America, rocketing to the top of the charts on the strength of the singles "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" and "Shout," which both hit number one, and the number three "Head Over Heels," which were all supported by clever, stylish videos that received heavy MTV airplay.

Instead of quickly following Songs from the Big Chair with a new record, Tears for Fears labored over their new record, eventually delivering the layered, Beatlesque The Seeds of Love in 1989. Featuring soulful vocals from Oleta Adams, who dominated the hit "Woman in Chains," the album became a hit, reaching number eight, while the single "Sowing the Seeds of Love" reached number two in the U.S. Again, Tears for Fears spent several years working on the follow-up to Seeds of Love, during which time they released the collection Tears Roll Down: Greatest Hits 82-92. Smith and Orzabal began to quarrel heavily, and Smith left the group in 1992, making Tears for Fears' 1993 comeback Elemental essentially a solo record from Orzabal. On the strength of the adult contemporary hit "Break It Down Again," Elemental became a modest hit, reaching gold status in the U.S., yet was hardly up to the group's previous levels. Smith, meanwhile, released a solo album in 1993, Soul on Board, which went ignored. Orzabal returned with another Tears for Fears album, Raoul and the Kings of Spain, in 1995, which failed to make much of an impact. In late 1996, the group released a rarities collection. In 2004, Orzabal reunited with Smith for the colorful and Beatlesque Everybody Loves a Happy Ending, their first collaboration in over a decade. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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love it every time i hear it!!!
Wow!!!!!!!!! ! :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
Shigglemctig g l e s is aturdface booger butt
you these this band is good, you should check out my band Big Sweaty Tongan Tits.
oh man I love the sound of this song!!!
This is my 4 leaf cloooovvvaaa a a
atbfly
love this music! Where are my roller skates
I wish i was born in the 80s
dianaray7339
Love take back time warp
dianaray7339
Love track back in time grew up with 80s & 90s
I'M HAVING CRAZY 80'S FLASHBACKS
don't read this because it actually works. you will be kissed on the nearest friday by the love of your life. tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this, you will die in 2 days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. this is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works
Great 80's band
And TDCarter8585 - you have really bad taste. Go listen to some Beiber or something!
Epic in every way. Definately one of the great bands of all time. As their music has proven by standing the test of it! Love, love, love TFF. I'll still be listening to it when I'm in my rocking chair with grey hair and a hoveround! I'll use my grabber to crank it up and claim to be deaf so I can justify playing it way too loud! LOL! BTW- I'm totally serious!!
banshee775
Love it, great karaoke song...espec i a l l y everybody wants to rule the world
break it down again...awes o m e song I had forgotten about!
First of all, I don't like them,second of all,barf!
Why do they have to look like such weirdos? Not that I judge anyone on how they look! But I just google moron how they look!
I remember when I was in High school starting a band with my friend .we had spent a school year in the music room writing songs and then the following summer we spent it cleaning up a hay loft for the band to rehearse in .great acoustics in the loft . We had finished and then one day I got a phone call from her saying she didn't want to start a band with me because she was afraid I would steal her boyfriend . Talk about being insecure not to mention the fact I worked to hard to do something dumb
Another great classic band from the 80's I listened to
Has anyone seen a screw.exe computer virus
who wants to rule the world, eh?
rule the world....nah . . . h a r d enouth time to rule me
In donnie darko, tffears rendetion was awesome
Everybody wants to rule the woooooooorld !
Tears for Fears is awesome they still got it after all these years
a1yayoo
can only think im in time to know this is great....sta r t of a breakdown the best they can even have mad world love there fast rendition 1983
Love this band
Saints row 2 anybody?
stazja01
Head over Heels always reminds me of Donny Darko.
LOVE THE 80'S THE SONGS JUST BRINGS BACK THE GOOD MEMORIES....
We used to beat the kids up at school that listened to this stuff.
Everybody Loves A Happy Ending was the best album of the first decade of the 21st century.
twinmoon1362
LOVE 'Woman in Chains'...
titan7077vet
Great song!!
80s baby here..good son
Went to see these guys at the Manchester Apollo with Oleta Adams. Amazing night. :)
freakweezle
High tide a.d grey graz
Curt Smith was gold in Psych.
They look silly! And that's not easy for me to say! I am forkhead - hear me bore!
jamespopoli
Only recently started listening to these guys. I never new the eighties had such great artists
Oh.....the Eighties!!!! Sigh!!!!!!
Everybody Wants to Rule The World
Love their songs!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Everybody Wants To Rule The World. ONE OF MY MOST FAVORITE BANDS. I JUST LOVE THE LOGIC IN THEIR LYRICS. LISTEN TO THE WORDS CLOSELY
True musical geniuses.... . L o v e TFF wish they would reunite and tour again, I'd go see them in a heartbeat.
Reminds me of real genius...wit h val kilme!!
Tears for Fears. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, TEARS FOR FEARS WITH A BRIGHT BURNING PASSION. I LOVE THE LOGIC AND THE THOUGHT OF ALL OF THEIR LYRICS. YOU'VE GOT TO LISTEN AND LEARN BECAUSE IF YOU LISTEN YOU CAN TAP INTO MY THOUGHTS AND MY FEELINGS ABOUT THINGS.
These two gentleman are great and Orzibal is either Arlo Guthrie's son or Woody Guthrie's I'm not sure which but in my head, I think it's Arlo's son. I'm not sure if they play anymore but from what I understand Orzibal got sick like his DAD did. I think he had some kind of hereditary illness. It strikes in your late thirties or forty's. That's what I understand. I'll have to look it up and find out.
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