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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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j.mallen.936
Let's all shout, take over the world then fall flat on our faces
dcs09037
This song brings back so many memories! Thanx!!
Love it!!!!
Everybody Wants To Rule The World.
The best... Sweet memories...
cmoss291
Awesome miss the 80s
Seen these two in San Jose in 1987. Damn what awesome memories
30 years ago, Tears For Fears recorded Songs From The Big Chair. And it still rocks!!! And I'm only 14.
natashawrigh t 6 1
I remember this song during my childhood
cmoss291
Great song
stickypurple 4 2 0
Uuhhh what??
I love this song
absolutely awesome eighties rocked
Ahhhh tears for fears
This is one of my favorite songs of the 80's........ . . . l o n g live the 80's!
If you would like to hear the evolution of this band, you should check out the albums Elemental and Raoul and The Kings of Spain. Equally thought-prov o k i n g and musically literate as their early work....but you would be disappointed in Everybody Loves a Happy Ending in my opinion. They were definitely a few steps above most of their contemporari e s and continued to make great music beyond most of their contemporari e s .
I miss u lil brother this yo s**t u ruled the world win it snowed like a mutha on ur bday feb 1st lol
Good song shout shout
1985....Amaz i n g time.
mtv wouldnt b mtv without tears for fears they sit at the same xcaliber table.martha , m a r k , j j alan and nina sit at and thats a silver. space man 10-4
There's only need
I love your need
So much I'm losing me
I cannot see the reason for the Pain
With hungry joy
I'll be your toy
Just hoping you will play
Without hope my body starts to fail
Memories fade but the scars still linger
Goodbye my friend
Will I ever love again
Memories fade but the scars still linger
I cannot grow
I cannot move
I cannot fell my age
The vice like grip of tension holds me fast
Engulfed by you
What can I do
When History's my cage
Look foward to a future in the past
The mo
Great memories...t h e 80's rule
Head Over Heels
Good song by tears for fears everybody wants to rule the world
The 80's is my rendition of lost in 60's
lajenn2829
one of my mny favorite 80's songs lv it!!
cool song.loved the 80,s
Could I trouble you for a 10¢ College Fund Donation?

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LOVE LOVE LOVE- Fell in love to my husband listening to this album every night.
This album is 30 years old this year. Still sounds great after All these years
Who wants to rule the world these guys
Lil bro rip i love u happybday
mecinerev3
One of my favorite band of the 80's:);):)
johnmargie6
What ever happened to these bad boys? Great music, still love it.
Oh my god...Lorde made a "remix" listen to Everybody Wants To Rule The World from Catching Fire!! Ah! This is so cool people
Curt Smith is my boy. He guest starred in Psych 3 times. It was hilarious! ;)
Man I loved tears for fears forever! Beautiful music by open eyed and heart musicians and artist. Keep bringing it! Love it
Pandora must have a short circuit. I've been getting all these crummy 80's and 90's namby-pamby synth pop or new wave or I don't know what popping up on my classic rock station and I can't give them thumbs down fast enough
FUC% YOU BOB.
SHOUT SHOUT!
Omg never get tired to listening to these guys
The bomb
Shout
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 be injured(but you won't die) in two days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. Post this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When you're done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
Donnie Darko.
My momma 62 im 40 my 24 year son love this 3 generations love this song lmao
I remember when this song came out! I love video for this song especially with the chimpanzee.
stevebrewste r 3 5
Awesome song for memories
artist685
Everybody Wants To Rule the World is 1 of my favorite songs. Great surprise to hear it & hope I hear it more!
This momma song now my son love it
natashawrigh t 6 1
This is a group or band from the 80's I remember watching on MTV.
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