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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)

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

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

Disc 1

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

Disc 2

1. Suffer The Children

2. Pale Shelter

3. The Prisoner

4. Ideas As Opiates

5. Change

6. Suffer The Children

7. Pale Shelter

8. Mad World

9. Change

10. Pale Shelter

11. Suffer The Children

12. Change

13. Wino

14. The Conflict

15. We Are Broken

16. Suffer The Children

Disc 3

1. Ideas As Opiates

2. Suffer The Children

3. The Prisoner

4. The Hurting

5. Memories Fade

6. The Prisoner

7. Start Of The Breakdown

8. The Hurting

9. Start Of The Breakdown

10. Change

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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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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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Thanks to Pandora. For all of the fantastic music they provide. Oh yes Tears for Fears , is there any thing to be said.
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Thank you tonedef1. This Megadeth song is great!!
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Old school days
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this song brings back great memories love it
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Classical song
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Brings me right back to my Senior year. My best friend and I used to drive down the road in my car and roll down the windows and scream out while this song was playing. hahahha!
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I love this Duo the Amazing George Michael
And the Legendary Elton John love ya both biggest fan.....
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Omg my dad listens to this song all the time I ❤️It sooo much I hear it I sing along!
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Absolutely outstanding and a timeless flagship of the sound, airs and worldview of the mid eighties, the duo echoes still steps strong today and has a story to tell to new generations as it did before, their art footprints represent a powerhouse of expressions and beats of a meaningful time and it's dreams.
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one of my favorites until now
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Just saw them in Phoenix. Covered Radiohead "Creep". Opened by playing 21 Pilots cover of them. Great music, great voices. Great love from band and audience.
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T-4-F got to like harmony, and they have lots of it.
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Head Over Heels
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THE AWSOME EARLY 80s LIKE TOTALLY RAD MAN!!! Way before facebook and cable and flat screen televisions. WOW LOOK HOW TIME HAS ADVANCED IN TECHNOLOGY.! ! !
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Like Tears For Fears. Love, love, lovesong Mad World!!!! Every version! Thanks for playing this underplayed gem by Tears, Pandora!!!
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Instruments are awesome in this song, I love these guys
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No it doesn't. This is s**t.
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Everybody Wants To Rule the World, in 3 words : Real Genius popcorn
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At Lalena, yes, the band, Tool :) I googled it, after I posted it, &, people said, "Schism"
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At tattoolady19 6 9 do you mean the band tool?
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Claasic
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The end of Head Over Heels sounds like a Tool song. Can someone please tell me which song I'm thinking of? Thanks
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