History Music / TearsForFears

20th Oct '17 12:37:08 AM CassandraLeo
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* {{Bookends}}: The opening and closing songs of ''Raoul and the Kings of Spain'' share harmonic elements and both provide an AlbumTitleDrop.

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* {{Bookends}}: The opening and closing songs of ''Raoul and the Kings of Spain'' share harmonic elements and both provide an AlbumTitleDrop. A smaller-scale example can be found with "Head Over Heels", which is bookended on the album by versions of "Broken".
20th Oct '17 12:36:40 AM CassandraLeo
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* {{Bookends}}: The opening and closing songs of ''Raoul and the Kings of Spain'' share harmonic elements and both provide an AlbumTitleDrop.
20th Oct '17 12:29:01 AM CassandraLeo
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Of course, many fans over at their [[http://www.last.fm/music/Tears+for+Fears Last.FM page]] would have you believe otherwise, and, to be fair, those three are far from the band's only songs to get radio airplay; their other well-known hits include "Mad World", "Pale Shelter", "Change", "Advice for the Young at Heart", "Sowing the Seeds of Love", "Woman in Chains", and "Break It Down Again".

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Of course, many fans over at their [[http://www.last.fm/music/Tears+for+Fears Last.FM page]] would have you believe otherwise, and, to be fair, those three are far from the band's only songs to get radio airplay; their other well-known hits include "Mad World", "Pale Shelter", "Change", "Advice for the Young at Heart", "Sowing the Seeds of Love", "Woman in Chains", and "Break It Down Again".
Again", and "Closest Thing to Heaven".
20th Oct '17 12:27:12 AM CassandraLeo
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** "Pharaohs" features a calm voice (Bryan Perkins of BBC Radio) reading some often alarming shipping forecasts (making it also a case of DissonantSerenity).



** "Pharaohs" features a calm voice (Bryan Perkins of BBC Radio) reading some often alarming shipping forecasts (making it also a case of DissonantSerenity).
20th Oct '17 12:21:41 AM CassandraLeo
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** Orzabal admitted that he was listening to Music/ArtOfNoise when "Empire Building" was recorded.

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** Orzabal admitted that he was listening "listening to Music/ArtOfNoise too much Music/ArtOfNoise" when "Empire Building" was recorded.



** "Empire Building" is constructed around a two-second sample of an early Music/SimpleMinds track "Today I Died Again". Intentionally or not, the title can be seen as both a reference to the album "Today" was on (''Empires and Dance'') and the fact that the song is built from the sample.

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** "Empire Building" is constructed around a two-second sample of an early Music/SimpleMinds track "Today I Died Again". Intentionally or not, the title can be seen as both a reference to the album "Today" was on (''Empires and Dance'') and the fact that the song is built from the sample. It also samples the film ''Film/BreakerMorant''.


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* SelfDeprecation: The liner notes from ''Saturnine Martial & Lunatic'' are often wry examples of this. For instance, describing "The Big Chair", Chris Hughes writes, "I always felt this piece was a soundtrack to the Middle Ages. Perhaps [Film/{{Sybil}}]'s childhood horrors stemmed from those times; certainly the Fairlight II we used to make it did." Orzabal is sometimes even more blunt, saying of "The Way You Are", "I think this was the point at which we realised we had to change direction."
20th Oct '17 12:13:44 AM CassandraLeo
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* DissonantSerenity: "Pharaohs". As Chris Hughes comments in the ''Saturnine'' liner notes, "No matter how horrifying the conditions may really be the voice reading the shipping forecast is deliberately calm and relaxed."

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* DissonantSerenity: "Pharaohs". As Chris Hughes comments in the ''Saturnine'' liner notes, "No matter how horrifying the conditions may really be the voice reading the shipping forecast is deliberately calm and relaxed."" The song itself is also calm and relaxed.
20th Oct '17 12:13:10 AM CassandraLeo
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* DissonantSerenity: "Pharaohs". As Chris Hughes comments in the ''Saturnine'' liner notes, "No matter how horrifying the conditions may really be the voice reading the shipping forecast is deliberately calm and relaxed."



* LyricalDissonance: "Mad World" and "Everybody Wants to Rule the World", subsequently ignored by cover artists.

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"Mad World" and "Everybody Wants to Rule the World", subsequently ignored by cover artists.artists.
** The B-side to "Everybody", "Pharaohs", also counts, containing a voice reading "horrifying" shipping forecasts in a "deliberately calm and relaxed" manner; the music is "calm and relaxed" to match.


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** "Pharaohs" features a calm voice (Bryan Perkins of BBC Radio) reading some often alarming shipping forecasts (making it also a case of DissonantSerenity).
19th Oct '17 11:56:10 PM CassandraLeo
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* StepUpToTheMicrophone: Smith's role on ''The Seeds of Love'' and, to a lesser extent, ''Songs from the Big Chair'' and ''Everybody Loves a Happy Ending''. Also, Oleta Adams on "Woman in Chains", "Badman's Song", and "Me and My Big Ideas", though she's more a GuestStarPartyMember.

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* StepUpToTheMicrophone: Smith's role on ''The Seeds of Love'' and, to a lesser extent, ''Songs from the Big Chair'' and ''Everybody Loves a Happy Ending''.Ending'' (though he did sing two of the best known songs from two of these albums, namely "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" and "Advice for the Young at Heart"). Also, Oleta Adams on "Woman in Chains", "Badman's Song", and "Me and My Big Ideas", though she's more a GuestStarPartyMember.
19th Oct '17 11:55:19 PM CassandraLeo
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* StepUpToTheMicrophone: Smith's role on ''The Seeds of Love'' and, to a lesser extent, ''Everybody Loves a Happy Ending''. Also, Oleta Adams on "Woman in Chains", "Badman's Song", and "Me and My Big Ideas", though she's more a GuestStarPartyMember.

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* StepUpToTheMicrophone: Smith's role on ''The Seeds of Love'' and, to a lesser extent, ''Songs from the Big Chair'' and ''Everybody Loves a Happy Ending''. Also, Oleta Adams on "Woman in Chains", "Badman's Song", and "Me and My Big Ideas", though she's more a GuestStarPartyMember.
19th Oct '17 11:54:44 PM CassandraLeo
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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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* 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''. (Orzabal has often co-written songs with people outside the band; he co-wrote five of the eight songs on ''The Seeds of Love'' with Nicky Holland, who, while she also performs keyboards or backing vocals on all five of these songs, is not credited as a band member.)


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* StepUpToTheMicrophone: Smith's role on ''The Seeds of Love'' and, to a lesser extent, ''Everybody Loves a Happy Ending''. Also, Oleta Adams on "Woman in Chains", "Badman's Song", and "Me and My Big Ideas", though she's more a GuestStarPartyMember.


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* VocalTagTeam: Originally Smith and Orzabal were this, but Orzabal began taking more lead vocals, to the point where Smith only sings "Advice for the Young at Heart" on ''The Seeds of Love''. On ''Everybody Loves a Happy Ending'' Smith has lead vocals on "Size of Sorrow" and "Who You Are", though he has co-writing credits on about half the album.
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