History Music / TearsForFears

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".
3rd Jan '17 7:02:21 PM CassandraLeo
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* PunBasedTitle:
** "Pharaohs" is a play on the Faroe Islands, which are mentioned in the shipping forecast sampled in the song.
** "Sketches of Pain" is a pun on Music/MilesDavis' ''Music/SketchesOfSpain''.
** "Brian Wilson Said" refers to Music/TheBeachBoys' Music/BrianWilson, the song's main influence, as well as Music/VanMorrison's song "Jackie Wilson Said".


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** "The Working Hour" reuses the melody of the much more minimalistic "When in Love with a Blind Man".
3rd Jan '17 6:57:23 PM CassandraLeo
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* RearrangeTheSong: This has been done several times. "Pharaohs", the B-side to "Everybody Wants to Rule the World", incorporates the main melody of the song at its end, but it is much slower and instrumental (although it features a spoken word voice reading what appear to be weather forecasts). "Tears Roll Down" and "Laid So Low (Tears Roll Down)" share melodic and rhythmic elements, but the former is almost entirely instrumental and is mostly in 7/4, while the latter features a traditional chorus/verse structure and is mostly in 4/4 (though it uses polyrhythms). "Break It Down Again" and "Raoul and the Kings of Spain" were given acoustic arrangements for B-sides; these were later included on the reissue of ''Raoul''. The band has taken to performing Gary Jules' arrangement of "Mad World" when playing it live recently.

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* RearrangeTheSong: This has been done several times. times.
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"Pharaohs", the B-side to "Everybody Wants to Rule the World", incorporates the main melody of the song at its end, but it is much slower and instrumental (although it features a spoken word voice reading what appear to be weather forecasts). forecasts).
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"Tears Roll Down" and "Laid So Low (Tears Roll Down)" share melodic and rhythmic elements, but the former is almost entirely instrumental and is mostly in 7/4, while the latter features a traditional chorus/verse structure and is mostly in 4/4 (though it uses polyrhythms). polyrhythms).
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"Break It Down Again" and "Raoul and the Kings of Spain" were given acoustic arrangements for B-sides; these were later included on the reissue of ''Raoul''. ''Raoul''.
** "Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams" uses the chord sequence of "Shout" and the lyrics of "Sowing the Seeds of Love", and is performed in a TripHop style with "a Music/TalkingHeads-style chorus".
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The band has taken to performing Gary Jules' arrangement of "Mad World" when playing it live recently.



** "Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams", a trip-hop [[MusicalPastiche remake]] of "Sowing the Seeds of Love" and "Shout" (with what Orzabal describes as "a Music/TalkingHeads-style chorus"), derives its title from a book by Creator/SylviaPlath.

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** "Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams", a trip-hop TripHop [[MusicalPastiche remake]] of "Sowing the Seeds of Love" and "Shout" (with what Orzabal describes as "a Music/TalkingHeads-style chorus"), derives its title from a book by Creator/SylviaPlath.
3rd Jan '17 6:54:39 PM CassandraLeo
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[[caption-width-right:350:Left - Roland Orzabel. Right - Curt Smith.]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:Left - Roland Orzabel.Orzabal. Right - Curt Smith.]]


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** "Sowing the Seeds of Love" is apparently named after an obscure English folk song called, well, "The Seeds of Love". The song also refers to Music/TheJam, the Style Council, and Music/{{MC5}}'s ''Music/KickOutTheJams''.
3rd Jan '17 6:47:17 PM CassandraLeo
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* AlbumTitleDrop: Apart from in the TitleTrack, ''Raoul and the Kings of Spain'' features another one in "Los reyes católicos (reprise)".

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* AlbumTitleDrop: Apart from in the TitleTrack, ''Raoul and the Kings of Spain'' features another one in "Los reyes católicos (reprise)". Similarly, ''The Seeds of Love'' receives one not only in "Sowing the Seeds of Love" but also in "Badman's Song" ("At least the seeds of love will be sown").
3rd Jan '17 6:43:13 PM CassandraLeo
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Besides ''Songs from the Big Chair'', Orzabal and Smith did release three other albums. First there was ''The Hurting'' in 1983, which sounds more like an angst-ridden Music/DepecheMode album; this is where the single "Mad World" came from, which later got a [[CoveredUp more popular cover version]] by Gary Jules that was used on the ''DonnieDarko'' soundtrack. Second was the aforementioned ''Songs from the Big Chair''. ''The Seeds of Love'' came about in 1989, and was a lot more experimental, psychedelic and rockier than the previous albums, though it did spawn a couple of hits ("Sowing the Seeds of Love" and "Woman in Chains"). After their breakup, Roland Orzabal would release [[IAmTheBand two essentially solo albums]] under the band's name (with collaborators Alan Griffiths and Tim Palmer co-producing and providing additional instrumentation; Griffiths also co-wrote most of the songs on these albums), before Smith rejoined the band and they released the reunion album ''Everybody Loves a Happy Ending'', which picked up where ''Seeds'' left off.

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Besides ''Songs from the Big Chair'', Orzabal and Smith did release three other albums. First there was ''The Hurting'' in 1983, which sounds more like an angst-ridden Music/DepecheMode album; this is where the single "Mad World" came from, which later got a [[CoveredUp more popular cover version]] by Gary Jules that was used on the ''DonnieDarko'' soundtrack. Second was the aforementioned ''Songs from the Big Chair''. ''The Seeds of Love'' came about in 1989, and was a lot more experimental, psychedelic and rockier than the previous albums, though it did spawn a couple of hits ("Sowing the Seeds of Love" and "Woman in Chains"). After their breakup, Roland Orzabal would release [[IAmTheBand two essentially solo albums]] under the band's name (with collaborators Alan Griffiths and and, on ''Elemental'', Tim Palmer co-producing and providing additional instrumentation; Griffiths also co-wrote most of the songs on these albums), before Smith rejoined the band and they released the reunion album ''Everybody Loves a Happy Ending'', which picked up where ''Seeds'' left off.



* IAmTheBand: Orzabal is the only well-known band member on ''Elemental'' and ''Raoul and the Kings of Spain''. "Laid So Low (Tears Roll Down)", which was a minor (at least compared to the three songs listed in the band bio) hit, also falls under this trope.

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* IAmTheBand: Orzabal is the only well-known band member on ''Elemental'' and ''Raoul and the Kings of Spain''. "Laid So Low (Tears Roll Down)", which was a minor (at least compared to the three songs listed in the band bio) hit, also falls under this trope. However, Alan Griffiths co-wrote almost all the songs from this period with Orzabal, and provided additional instrumentation and co-produced the albums (Tim Palmer also provided additional instrumentation on and co-produced ''Elemental''). Griffiths also worked on Orzabal's solo album ''Tomcats Screaming Outside'', but was not involved with ''Everybody Loves a Happy Ending''.
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