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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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jonessporty0
I really like Lordes version of this song
Donny Darko! ^;^
Head over heels that is..
In my top ten for the 80s
pooh_bear333
Head Over Heels
megan1490
Love tears for fear, song reminds me of school. And Jesse because I was head over heels for him since I was thirteen. Never got over him six years ago.
a1yayoo
this original version is still hot and so fast lol
baxter8231
Lololol wrong lyrics for everybody wants to rule the world
80's baby in the house got too love the awesome songs that came out at the time♤♡♡♡♡♡
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
Wrong lyrics
OY! The subtitles are wrong for Everybody Wants to Rule the World!
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this is such a good song!
This artist knows his music!
I LOVE TEARS FOR FEARS!!!
I want to here candy flip
Strawberry fields Forever
i need people to follow me
this was my s**t video killed the radio star days when videos were new 2 the world
Omg summer nights back in the 80's Love it! ��
Me too Raquel. Tupac And Dr Dre song lol, California Love.
The lyrics for Everybody Wants to Rule the World were displaying s different song for me. Not sure how to report problems or inaccuracies .
Brings back my High School Days Love Tears For Fears
jvokaty9
Love Tears for Fears
gmd78
Songs From the Big Chair- wore out the cassette!
One of the best bands from the UK and of course Prefab Sprout IMHO :)
pooh_bear333
head Over Heels
tomman30
...bringing back the days..
lol... seriously! they have calfornia love by tupac as the lyrics for everybody wants to rule the world.... that's actually pretty funny if you think about it...
What?! I realize Pandora is notorious for printing incorrect song lyrics but this is beyond the pale. They actually have the lyrics for the Pet Shop Boys' "West End Girls" listed as the lyrics for "Mad World"! Lol
Welcome to your life there's no turning back.
Lol dammmn right they know I love tff so much such good and meaningful music bless
Tears for fears
Best song ever
Excellent song brings back good memories
baxter8231
U suck omecenej tff is better than those stupid ppl like Justin bieber at least they make their own songs
Love it.!!!!
kimberly1207 0
Love this song!!!
this sucks
In 1985...on the dance floor...we all thought that we could rule the world.... It was great!!!!
I will forever Love this song..<3
baxter8231
Lol I know right?
HA!! Pandora--how do you confuse TUPAC with TEARS FOR FEARS!!?? And I WISH I could see how this drum beat is played. What an off-beat hi-hat rhythm!!
head over heels. : I LOVE TEARS FOR FEARS. I love the logic in their lyrics. This is one of my most favorite bands.
miramontes10 1
dont read this because it actually works. You will get kissed on the nearest possible friday by the love of your life. tommorrow will be the best day of your life. however if you do not post this comment to at least 3 songs you will die in 2 days. now youve started reading this so dont stop. this is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in at least 143 minutes when if done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is scary cuz it actually works
dont read this be
ms_h0p3
Tears For Fears, the only band with the best tech/instrum e n t a l ever!!!!��➕�
Lmao the lyrics for Everybody wants to Tule the world are wrong! Lol someone put Tupac's California Love on there instead.
wrong lyrics
baxter8231
Everybody wants to rule the world is da best song ever
baxter8231
Gotta luv this song
gotta luv INXS.... timeless :-)
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