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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

10. Secret World

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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. Size Of Sorrow

5. Who Killed Tangerine?

6. Quiet Ones

7. Who You Are

8. The Devil

9. Secret World

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)

10. 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: 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

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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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justinjenny4 9 5
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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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I love this Song
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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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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Now you ve have started reading this. Don't stop this is freaky but if you ignore it.then you will have very bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in the 14 minutes. When you're done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in bright light letter.this is freaky it actually works.
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pffff, these dudes are a bunch of no talent sausage stuffers.
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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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Amazing Song
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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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�� and is lthe oa your life sad and your
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the memories of the 80's.....
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Love this song. The video is a little strange.
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This song never gets old! Love it ��
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Shout shout, let it all out. These are the things I can do without. Come on. I'm talking to you now. Come on.
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I listen to my Tears for Fears station EVERY SINGLE DAY!!!!
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80s the most beautiful music����❤
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Ahhh the 80's. what happened to music today. Sowing the seeds of love!
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How does Pandora know my heart songs. Thank You!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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��"anything is possible"♡
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Hurt em oooooh yessssssssss s s s s
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Except for the fact that they're one of the best of all time? Nothing more, with the exception of the fact that they also continue to be just that. So great to see them performing together again! Let's keep our fingers crossed for a new album! That would be phenomenal!( o r super "rad" to use some 80's lingo!)
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