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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
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Selected Discography

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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

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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

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

5. Who Killed Tangerine?

6. Quiet Ones

7. Who You Are

8. The Devil

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: 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: The Seeds Of Love

1. Woman In Chains

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

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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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so dwn to earth dudes!!!
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DONT READ THIS. YOU WILL BE KISSED ON THE NEAREST POSSIBLE FRIDAY BY THE LOVE IF YOUR LIFE. TOMORROW WILL BE THE BEST DAY OF YOR LIFE. NOW YOU'VE STARTED READING THIS. DON'T STOP THIS IS SO FREAKY. But if you read this and ignore it, then you will have very bad luck PUT THIS ON 15 SONGS IN 143 MINUTES. WHEN YOURE DONE PRESS THE SPACE BAR AND YOUR CRUSH'S NAME WILL APPEAR IN BIG LETTERS ON THE SCREEN THIS IS SO CREAPY CAUSE IT ACTUALLY WORKS
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I know I love these guys��
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The Greatest 80.s ����➕❤️➕❤️
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80s music gets a bad rap and that's wrong. This band had a lot of heart and were imaginative. Very clever .
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BEST group of the 80's - SHOUT, WANT TO RULE THE WORLD, ARE JUST A COUPLE OF MY FAVORITE TUNES FROM THE GROUP. THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES GUYS !!!!!
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Tears For Fears hands down one of my favorite bands ever and will always be
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Remember all the good movies that had all these song in them? Well, they don't make movies like that any more. To bad,,,,, Ice Man
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Right now I'm listening to Wham
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Love these guys they are one of the greats of the 80's
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Another cool jam from. The tears , Ice Man
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Another great back set song back in the 80s, live guys. Ice Man
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i love cookies! U _ U
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josejmadriga l 3
om nom nom
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I like the song shout
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#ChristmasDa y #np Everybody Wants To Rule The World by @tearsforfea r s on Lite Hits Radio
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One of the BEST 80's EVER!
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Tears For Fears are working on new material due in 2016, being released on Warner Bros.
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mandolindo
Omg I enjoy all these song every single day at work. I have everyone into 80's music. Tears for fears, simple minds...wow, never gets you tire. This one, "everyone wants to rule the world" gets you dance and singing along. Please fix lyrics, for this song, thank you!
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I LOVE Tears For Fears!!!
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I WILL ALWAYS LOVE THE 80's !!! I'm 18 and being raised hearing the 80's !!! ❤️❤️❤️ I NEVER GET TIRED OF IT !!! 80's is LIFE !!! I just wish I can be a teenager in the 80's I would be popping ! I still wear clothes of the 80's and I don't give a damn if it's 2015 it won't make me stop wearing 80's clothes ��
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The 80's my god love it
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We're out there Luvchic.
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I NEED A Good.......F f f f f . . . . M A N - X XxxXOooOoo
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Hey wordpil you are a MORON ,of course you haven't had any real experience in life I see.Heres something you could do to be to non-conforme r , only 2 percent of Americans have the guts to serve in our military. You know those guys that keep you free so you can whine. Oh well I'm sure you have the last eight years of fun with the wonderful president we have you know the worst American president in history ,
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There music was born of suffering through the 80s, not loving them. Being alive in the hyper conservative greedy 80s was all about conformity, being fake, fitting in. Being teenager it's tough enough. To all who wish they were alive then, you were spared. It blew.
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Really, Pandora? With all of that money (that you DO NOT pay to the artists) you'd think your research department could get the lyrics straight to songs like Head Over Heels. Get it together!
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Love the song shout and head over heels, wish I grew up in the 80's
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80's had it all when it came to music! I still jam to all of it in my 50's!
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Man, this song takes me back to 10-11 y/o. One of the best songs of the 80's or any decade -- beautiful song.
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Man, this takes me back to 10-11 y/o again. This is at the top as far as best songs of the 80's and any decade. Beautiful tune.
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bikeday13
Wish i was a teenager in the 80s...
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I'm an old f*rt but these guys were great !
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have loved them since the 80s. it's really neat how they coined Arthur janov and his primal scream theory
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Some of the greatest tines of my life. Great tunes...
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I love them
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This never goes out of style or fashion for me!
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mreutt74
I'm old,but I remember this song in mid 80's while on spring break in Fort Lauderdale!! Those were great times, wish I could rewind time!!
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These guys & the Cure - are of the top 80's bands!
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Briana Lloyd sold $500 each Frenette Jealone Ellis?
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THE GREATEST 80's BAND EVER!!!
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lenam6150
must admit I loved this jam LOL
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moleculematt
I love your songs. My favorite one is "Shout". I really want to meet you guys. I wish I was born in the 80's. I can't wait to hear you guys play in concert. I know you guys are still singing today. Your songs will never get old. Love you guys.
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tears for queers and tunes for goons, but yes as bad as they were they are far better than the crap of today
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Back in the 80's I was in my twenties, and to be honest, I couldn't stand these guys... now of course I really like their sound... Had I known what was coming in the 21st century I can be sure I woudl've wholehearted l y embraced this music at the time !
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Saw them 2 nights ago in detroit. These 2 still put out an awesome wall of sound. RO carried the band vocally that night...he has amazing vocal talent. Hope they come through the area again.
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Ahhh... the z bar of the late '80's. :) Happy dancin' still! TY! {{hugz}} Cheerz!
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OMG I LOVE THEM A LOT I LOVE THE SONG SHOUT
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I'd want to rule the world, but you see, in restrospect, I admit that I could not do it the way I would want.I am sure most would agree! :-)
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ajaflowers19 8 1
This song will never get old! #80s
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