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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
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Songs From The Big Chair (Deluxe)

Disc 1

1. Shout

2. The Working Hour

3. Everybody Wants To Rule The World

4. Mothers Talk

5. I Believe

6. Broken

7. Head Over Heels/Broken

8. Listen

9. The Big Chair

10. Empire Building

11. The Marauders

12. Broken Revisited

13. The Conflict

14. The Working Hour (Piano Version)

15. Pharaohs

16. When In Love With A Blind Man

17. Sea Song

Disc 2

1. The Way You Are

2. Mothers Talk (Short Version)

3. Shout (Alternative Version)

4. Everybody Wants To Rule The World (7" Version)

5. Head Over Heels (Dave Bascombe 7" N.Mix)

6. I Believe (A Soulful Re-Recording)

7. Everybody Wants To Run The World

8. The Way You Are (Edit)

9. Mothers Talk (U.S. Remix)

10. Shout (U.S. Single Edit)

11. Everybody Wants To Run The World (Running Version)

12. Head Over Heels (Hughes 7" Edit)

13. Mothers Talk (Video Version)

14. Shout (7" Edit)

15. Listen (Clean Intro)

16. Roland & Curt Interviewed

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Track List: The Hurting (Deluxe Edition)

Disc 1

1. The Hurting

2. Mad World

3. Pale Shelter (2nd Single Version)

4. Ideas As Opiates

5. Memories Fade

6. Suffer The Children

7. Watch Me Bleed

8. Change

9. The Prisoner

10. Start Of The Breakdown

Disc 2

1. Suffer The Children

2. Pale Shelter

3. The Prisoner (Original 7" Version)

4. Ideas As Opiates (Alternate Version)

5. Change (New Version)

6. Suffer The Children (Remix)

7. Pale Shelter (Long Version)

8. Mad World (World Remix)

9. Change (Extended Version)

10. Pale Shelter (New Extended Version)

11. Suffer The Children (Instrumental)

12. Change (Radio Edit)

13. Wino

14. The Conflict

15. We Are Broken

16. Suffer The Children (Demo)

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Track List: Mad World: The Collection

Disc 1

1. Shout

2. Everybody Wants To Rule The World

3. Sowing The Seeds Of Love

4. Mad World

5. Head Over Heels

6. Laid So Low (Tears Roll Down)

7. The Hurting

8. Suffer The Children

9. Mothers Talk

10. Lord Of Karma

11. Cold

12. New Star

13. When In Love With A Blind Man

14. Pharaohs (Single Version)

15. We Are Broken (2010)

16. Ideas As Opiates

17. The Big Chair

18. Brian Wilson Said

Disc 2

1. Change (Radio Edit)

2. Woman In Chains (Feat. Oleta Adams)

3. Tears Roll Down

4. Advice For The Young At Heart

5. Break It Down Again

6. The Prisoner

7. The Body Wah

8. The Marauders

9. Johnny Panic And The Bible Of Dreams

10. Empire Building

11. The Conflict

12. Ghost Papa

13. The Way You Are

14. I Believe

15. Famous Last Words

16. Deja-Vu And The Sins Of Science

17. Year Of The Knife

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Track List: Gold

Disc 1

1. Mad World

2. Pale Shelter

3. Change

4. The Way You Are

5. Shout

6. Everybody Wants To Rule The World

8. Head Over Heels

9. Woman In Chains

10. Sowing The Seeds Of Love

11. Advice For The Young At Heart

12. Laid So Low (Tears Roll Down)

Disc 2

1. Elemental

2. Cold

3. Break It Down Again

4. New Star

5. Raoul And The Kings Of Spain

6. God's Mistake

7. Closest Thing To Heaven

8. Who Killed Tangerine?

9. Call Me Mellow

10. Secret World

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Track List: Secret World

Disc 1

1. Secret World (Live Parc Des Princes 18062005)

2. Call Me Mellow (Live Parc Des Princes 18062006)

3. Sowing the Seeds of Love (Live Parc Des Princes 18062007)

4. Pale Shelter (Live Parc Des Princes 18062008)

5. Closest Thing to Heaven (Live Parc Des Princes 18062009)

6. Mad World (Live Parc Des Princes 18062010)

7. Everybody Wants to Rule the World (Live Parc Des Princes 18062011)

8. Head Over Heels (Live Parc Des Princes 18062012)

9. Shout (Live Parc Des Princes 18062013)

10. Secret World (Radio Edit)

11. Floating Down the River

12. What Are We Fighting for

Disc 2
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Track List: Chronicles: 3 Classic Albums (Tears For Fears)

Disc 1

1. Hurting

2. Mad World

3. Pale Shelter

4. Ideas As Opiates

5. Memories Fade

6. Suffer The Children

7. Watch Me Bleed

8. Change

9. Prisoner

10. Start Of The Breakdown

11. Pale Shelter (Long Version)

12. Way You Are (Extended Version)

13. Mad World (World Remix)

14. Change (Extended Version)

Disc 2

1. Shout

2. The Working Hour

3. Everybody Wants To Rule The World

4. Mothers Talk

5. I Believe

6. Broken

7. Head Over Heels

8. Listen

9. The Big Chair

10. Empire Building

11. The Marauders

12. Broken Revisited

13. The Conflict

Disc 3

1. Woman In Chains

2. Badman's Song

3. Sowing The Seeds Of Love

4. Advice For The Young At Heart

5. Standing On The Corner Of The Third World

7. Year Of The Knife

8. Famous Last Words

9. Tears Roll Down

10. Always In The Past

11. Music For Tables

12. Johnny Panic And The Bible Of Dreams

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Track List: Everybody Loves A Happy Ending

1. Everybody Loves A Happy Ending

2. Closest Thing To Heaven

3. Call Me Mellow

4. Sizes Of Sorrow

5. Who Killed Tangerine

6. Quiet Ones

7. Who You Are

8. The Devil

9. Secret World (Extended Version)

10. Killing With Kindness

11. Ladybird

12. Last Days On Earth

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Track List: Shout: The Very Best Of Tears For Fears

1. Mad World

2. Change

3. Pale Shelter

4. Way You Are

5. Suffer The Children

6. Mothers Talk

7. Shout

8. Everybody Wants To Rule The World

9. Head Over Heels

10. I Believe (A Soulful Re-Recording)

11. Sowing The Seeds Of Love

12. Woman In Chains

13. Advice For The Young At Heart

14. Laid So Low

15. Break It Down Again

16. New Star-From The Movie Threesome

17. Goodnight Song

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Track List: The Best Of Tears For Fears: 20th Century Masters The Millennium Collection

1. Everybody Wants To Rule The World

2. Shout

3. Sowing The Seeds Of Love

4. Head Over Heels

5. Woman In Chains (feat. Oleta Adams)

6. Break It Down Again

7. Mothers Talk

8. I Believe (A Soulful Re-Recording)

9. Advice For The Young At Heart (Single Version)

10. Change (Extended Version)

11. Pharoahs

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Track List: The Hurting (Digitally Remastered)

1. The Hurting

2. Mad World

3. Pale Shelter (2nd Single Version)

4. Ideas As Opiates

5. Memories Fade

6. Suffer The Children

7. Watch Me Bleed

8. Change

9. The Prisoner

10. Start Of The Breakdown

11. Pale Shelter (Long Version)

12. The Way You Are (Extended)

13. Mad World (World Remix)

14. Change (Extended Version)

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Track List: Saturnine Martial & Lunatic

1. Johnny Panic And The Bible Of Dreams

2. The Big Chair

3. Schrodinger's Cat

4. My Life In The Suicide Ranks

5. When In Love With A Blind Man

6. Pharaohs

7. Deja Vu & The Sins Of Science

8. The Marauders

9. Tears Roll Down

10. New Star

11. The Body Wah

12. Lord Of Karma

13. Bloodletting Go

14. Always In The Past

15. Sea Song

16. Ashes To Ashes

17. Empire Building

18. The Way You Are

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Track List: Raoul And The Kings Of Spain

1. Raoul And The Kings Of Spain

2. Falling Down

3. Secrets

4. God's Mistake

5. Sketches Of Pain

6. Los Reyes Catolicos

7. Sorry

8. Humdrum And Humble

9. I Choose You

10. Don't Drink The Water

11. Me And My Big Ideas

12. Los Reyes Catolicos (Reprise)

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Track List: Elemental

1. Elemental

2. Cold

3. Break It Down Again

4. Mr. Pessimist

5. Dog's A Best Friend's Dog

6. Fish Out Of Water

7. Gas Giants

8. Power

9. Brian Wilson Said

10. Goodnight Song

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Track List: Tears Roll Down (Greatest Hits 82-92)

Disc 1

1. Sowing The Seeds Of Love

2. Everybody Wants To Rule The World

3. Woman In Chains (feat. Oleta Adams)

4. Shout

5. Head Over Heels

6. Mad World

7. Pale Shelter

8. I Believe

9. Laid So Low (Tears Roll Down)

10. Mothers Talk

11. Change

12. Advice For The Young At Heart

Disc 2

1. Shout (Skylark Extended Remix)

2. Change (Joey Negro Punkdisko Mix)

3. Head Over Heels (Dave Bascombe 7" N.Mix)

4. Pale Shelter (New Extended Version)

5. Laid So Low (Tears Roll Down) (US Dance Mix)

6. Mothers Talk (Beat Of The Drum Mix)

7. Sowing The Seeds Of Love (Wen's Overnight Mix)

8. Shout (Jakatta Thrilled-Out Mix)

9. Woman In Chains (Jakkatta Awakened Mix Radio Edit)

10. Mad World (Afterlife Remix)

11. Everybody Wants To Rule The World (The Chosen Few Remix)

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Track List: The Seeds Of Love

1. Woman In Chains

2. Badmans Song

3. Sowing The Seeds Of Love

4. Advice For The Young At Heart

5. Standing On The Corner Of The Third World

7. Year Of The Knife

8. Famous Last Words

x

Track List: Songs From The Big Chair (Super Deluxe)

Disc 1

1. Shout

2. The Working Hour

3. Everybody Wants To Rule The World

4. Mothers Talk

5. I Believe

6. Broken

7. Head Over Heels / Broken

8. Listen

Disc 2

6. I Believe (A Soulful Re-Recording)

7. Everybody Wants To Run The World

16. Roland & Curt Interviewed

Disc 3
Disc 4
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Track List: Songs From The Big Chair

1. Shout

2. The Working Hour

3. Everybody Wants To Rule The World

4. Mothers Talk

5. I Believe

6. Broken

7. Head Over Heels

8. Listen

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Track List: The Hurting

1. The Hurting

2. Mad World

3. Pale Shelter

4. Ideas As Opiates

5. Memories Fade

6. Suffer The Children

7. Watch Me Bleed

8. Change

9. The Prisoner

10. Start Of The Breakdown

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Best days of my youth; first love and utopian sex.
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Tears for Fears are so great. I remember a friend bought me their album from France when I was in high school.
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I love this station
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Mannnn one of my top 10s yesssss
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love it !!!
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F*g
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Oh, yeah...smoot h and perfect...cl o s e your eyes and enjoy
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Really love this group
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They are really showing off on this Michael McDonald Radio today!!!! I love!!!! Tears for Fears!!!
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Something happened and I'm head over heels as Popeye said Wow Blow me down!!!! 80. also rocks
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My favorite from them!
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The one song even the heaviest metal heads sing along to xD
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80's music will always rule!
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there the best hope they will record again
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Never will ever hear anything close to this music
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80's New Wave was the best!
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Amo toda esta epoca cadia la extraño mas
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I miss this old 80's pop
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Tears for Fears one of the best Group all the times
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Curt and Roland thank you for so many wonderful songs to have memories to. Your music and soulful voices are timeless to me.
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I do to tears for fears
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80's forever .....
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Helen Alexander

Tears for Fears Forever.
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The 80s Rock(Much Luv)
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I love these guys great lyrics and techno before it's time for sure I can't wait to dubstep some of it !
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80's Alternative Rocks! Forever 80's!
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If these guys could have stayed together their music might well be still relevant. Another example of ego's gone wild!
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I wasn't even alive in the 80s. Still love this.
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My favorite song head over heels!
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I have seen tears for fear for over 30 years just can't get enough., over 30 years of good memories!!! The eighties are still in my heart
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Yes give me some tears for fears 24/7
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They were so much more than other bands of their era
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I love good old Fears. Go kooks :3
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Reminds me of my college days.
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Memories of this group are the best
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Yess this is forvever memories
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My indian dad got his 1/2 blk kids on tears for fears an now i got my 26 year old son loving them yessss rip lil bro love u so much
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I just cant get enough.... makes me want to sway in my chair at work... awesome!
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Great memories from the 80's.I love the 80's music the best always
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GREAT MEMORIES!!!
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Love this song i love 80s alternative and rock ❤❤❤
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Tears For Fears has so many great songs!
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