History Music / TearsForFears

13th May '17 1:18:40 PM nombretomado
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** Played straighter on some other songs, such as "Sowing the Seeds of Love", which is an attack on the [[MargaretThatcher Thatcher]] government. On the same album "Woman in Chains" protests patriarchy, "Famous Last Words" could be interpreted as protesting nuclear war, and "Standing on the Corner of the Third World" attacks globalisation. Maybe.

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** Played straighter on some other songs, such as "Sowing the Seeds of Love", which is an attack on the [[MargaretThatcher [[UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher Thatcher]] government. On the same album "Woman in Chains" protests patriarchy, "Famous Last Words" could be interpreted as protesting nuclear war, and "Standing on the Corner of the Third World" attacks globalisation. Maybe.
11th Mar '17 8:31:56 AM fusilcontrafusil
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* LyricalDissonance: "Mad World" and "Everybody Wants to Rule the World", subsequently abandoned by cover artists.

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* LyricalDissonance: "Mad World" and "Everybody Wants to Rule the World", subsequently abandoned ignored by cover artists.
11th Mar '17 8:27:51 AM fusilcontrafusil
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* LyricalDissonance: "Mad World" and "Everybody Wants to Rule the World", subsequently abandoned by cover artists.
2nd Mar '17 9:15:06 PM Nozdordomu
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** Though it's [[LyricalDissonance not obvious in the song]], "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" was originally conceived as a commentary on the Cold War. Orzabal noted the original title was "Everybody Wants to Go to War", which producer Chris Hughes nixed as not catchy enough.

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** Though it's [[LyricalDissonance not obvious in the song]], "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" was originally conceived as a commentary on the Cold War. Orzabal noted the original title was "Everybody Wants to Go to War", which producer Chris Hughes nixed as not catchy enough. More Cold War commentary shows up on the album's closing track "Listen", though it's fairly cryptic there as well.
2nd Mar '17 1:33:58 AM fusilcontrafusil
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* PerfectlyCromulentWord: "''Halargian'' world..." in "Mad World", which was an in-joke among the two. Some covers changed it to "''Enlarging your'' world..."
3rd Jan '17 7:20:02 PM CassandraLeo
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* BaroquePop: On ''The Seeds of Love'' and ''Everybody Loves a Happy Ending''

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* BaroquePop: On ''The Seeds of Love'' and ''Everybody Loves a Happy Ending''Ending''. To a lesser extent, some of ''Elemental'' could also be considered to fall into this.



** ''Elemental'' had a more slick modern sound with a more cinematic scope.

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** ''Elemental'' had a more slick slicker modern sound with a more cinematic scope.



* PsychedelicRock, ProgressiveRock: These were both major influences on ''The Seeds of Love''. ''Everybody Loves a Happy Ending'' also bears strong psychedelic rock influence.

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* PsychedelicRock, ProgressiveRock: These were both major influences on ''The Seeds of Love''. ''Everybody Loves a Happy Ending'' also bears strong psychedelic rock influence.influence, and there is some psychedelic influence on ''Elemental'' as well.
3rd Jan '17 7:13:42 PM CassandraLeo
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** "Music/BrianWilson Said", as might be expected from the title, is a Music/TheBeachBoys pastiche (it also alludes to Music/VanMorrison's track "Jackie Wilson Said", which appears on ''Saint Dominic's Preview'', though if there is any other Morrison influence on the track, it's oblique at most).

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** "Music/BrianWilson Said", as might be expected from the title, is a Music/TheBeachBoys pastiche (it also alludes to Music/VanMorrison's track "Jackie Wilson Said", which appears on ''Saint Dominic's Preview'', though if there is any other Morrison influence on the track, it's oblique at most). The clearest influence on the song is "Good Vibrations", but it contains several other references, both musical and lyrical, to Wilson's work as well (such as to "California Girls").
3rd Jan '17 7:08:02 PM CassandraLeo
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* CarefulWithThatAxe: Orzabal has a pretty effective scream when he wants to use it. The end of the album version of "Sowing the Seeds of Love" contains some good examples.
3rd Jan '17 7:06:45 PM CassandraLeo
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** "Shout" is a bit of a meta example; the lyrics themselves don't actually protest anything in particular, but they encourage protest.

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** "Shout" is a bit of a meta example; the lyrics themselves don't actually protest anything in particular, but they encourage protest. Curt Smith also indicates that the song "encourages people not to do things without actually questioning them. People act without thinking because that's just the way things go in society."
3rd Jan '17 7:03:27 PM CassandraLeo
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** "The Working Hour" reuses the melody of the much more minimalistic "When in Love with a Blind Man".

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** "The Working Hour" reuses the melody of the much more minimalistic and downbeat "When in Love with a Blind Man".
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