History Music / TearsForFears

22nd Apr '16 5:26:27 PM CassandraLeo
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'''Tears for Fears''' is a British duo consisting of the core memebers Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith, although plenty of other musicians have been involved in the project throughout the years, many as named members of the band. The band, which was named for a primal therapy technique, formed in 1981, and like a lot of 1980's pop bands, they haven't had much success since the 1990's; in fact, Smith left the band in 1992, making the band essentially [[IAmTheBand Orzabal's solo project]]. Smith rejoined in 2001 (contrary to certain reports in the media, the renewed attention to their music due to "Head Over Heels" and a cover of "Mad World" being used in ''{{Donnie Darko}}'' was not the cause of this) and Tears For Fears put out a new album in 2004.

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'''Tears for Fears''' is a British duo consisting of the core memebers members Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith, although plenty of other musicians have been involved in the project throughout the years, many as named members of the band. The band, which was named for a primal therapy technique, formed in 1981, and like a lot of 1980's pop bands, they haven't had much success since the 1990's; in fact, Smith left the band in 1992, making the band essentially [[IAmTheBand Orzabal's solo project]]. Smith rejoined in 2001 (contrary to certain reports in the media, the renewed attention to their music due to "Head Over Heels" and a cover of "Mad World" being used in ''{{Donnie Darko}}'' ''Film/DonnieDarko'' was not the cause of this) this; they had already been in contact before this point and decided to restart the band) and Tears For for Fears put out a new album in 2004.



* CanonDiscontinuity: They vetoed the inclusion of the B-Side "Saxophones as Opiates" from the reissue of ''The Hurting'', just because they thought it was cheesy. They did include the B-Side "Wino" which had never been on CD before, though a large part of the reason was that the record company forgot about the "Suffer the Children" single.



** In 2013, they covered Arcade Fire's "Ready To Start" and Hot Chip's "(And I Was a) Boy from School" and released them on Soundcloud as a trial run for new material. They were quite well received.
** More recently, they vetoed the inclusion of the B-Side "Saxophones as Opiates" from the reissue of ''The Hurting'', just because they thought it was cheesy. They did include the B-Side "Wino" which had never been on CD before, though a large part of the reason was the record company forgot about the "Suffer the Children" single.

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** In 2013, they covered Arcade Fire's "Ready To to Start" and Hot Chip's "(And I Was a) Boy from School" and released them on Soundcloud as a trial run for new material. They were quite well received.
** More recently, they vetoed the inclusion of the B-Side "Saxophones as Opiates" from the reissue of ''The Hurting'', just because they thought it was cheesy. They did include the B-Side "Wino" which had never been on CD before, though a large part of the reason was the record company forgot about the "Suffer the Children" single.
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** "Out Of Control" (a bonus track available only on the UK release of "Everybody Loves A Happy Ending") also references Frida Kahlo.
* SiameseTwinSong: On "Songs from the Big Chair", the sixth track, "Broken", segues directly into the seventh track, "Head over Heels", which itself segues directly into a reprise of "Broken". There are also some examples on ''Elemental'' ("Gas Giants" -> "Power" -> "Brian Wilson Said") and ''Raoul and the Kings of Spain'' ("Los Reyes Católicos" -> "Sorry").

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** "Out Of of Control" (a bonus track available only on the UK release of "Everybody ''Everybody Loves A a Happy Ending") Ending'') also references Frida Kahlo.
* SiameseTwinSong: SiameseTwinSongs: On "Songs from the Big Chair", the sixth track, "Broken", segues directly into the seventh track, "Head over Heels", which itself segues directly into a reprise of "Broken"."Broken". These latter two are almost always played together. There are also some examples on ''Elemental'' ("Gas Giants" -> "Power" -> "Brian Wilson Said") and ''Raoul and the Kings of Spain'' ("Los Reyes Católicos" -> "Sorry").
19th Apr '16 6:14:28 AM aye_amber
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To be fair, Orzabal and Smith did release three other albums. First there was ''The Hurting'' in 1983, which sounds more like an angst-ridden 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, 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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To be fair, Orzabal and Smith did release three other albums. First there was ''The Hurting'' in 1983, which sounds more like an angst-ridden DepecheMode 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, before Smith rejoined the band and they released the reunion album ''Everybody Loves a Happy Ending'', which picked up where ''Seeds'' left off.
6th Feb '16 12:12:09 AM CassandraLeo
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* PuttingTheBandBackTogether: After many years of estrangement it was routine paperwork that led to the reunion. Smith flew in from the USA to see Orzabel as he had to sign off on something Orzabel had signed. They ended up having dinner together and that led to the reconciliation.

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* PuttingTheBandBackTogether: After many years of estrangement it was routine paperwork that led to the reunion. Smith flew in from the USA to see Orzabel Orzabal as he had to sign off on something Orzabel Orzabal had signed. They ended up having dinner together and that led to the reconciliation.
6th Feb '16 12:10:51 AM CassandraLeo
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* LastOfHisKind: Roland Orzabal, for whatever reason, wanted to keep the band alive so much that, during the 1990's, almost all of his solo work [[IAmTheBand would be released under the band's name]]. ''Tomcats Screaming Outside'', which he made in 2001, was his only album that he released under his name.

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* LastOfHisKind: Roland Orzabal, for whatever reason, wanted to keep the band alive so much that, during the 1990's, almost all of his solo work [[IAmTheBand would be released under the band's name]]. ''Tomcats Screaming Outside'', which he made in 2001, was his only album that he released under his name.name (perhaps because it's SomethingCompletelyDifferent: it's a DrumAndBass album).
5th Feb '16 11:41:41 PM CassandraLeo
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* LiteraryAllusionTitle: As mentioned below, "Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams" is named after a work by Creator/SylviaPlath.
16th Dec '15 11:24:14 PM CassandraLeo
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* MisogynySong: Inverted with "Woman in Chains", which is overtly feminist.

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* MisogynySong: Inverted with "Woman in Chains", which is overtly feminist. (Though it is a song ''about'' misogyny).
26th Nov '15 12:37:55 AM CassandraLeo
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* MisogynySong: Inverted with "Woman in Chains", which is overtly feminist.
15th Oct '15 3:43:52 PM AllenbysEyes
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** "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" was 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; War. Orzabal noted the original title was "Everybody Wants to Go to War", which producer Chris Hughes nixed as not catchy enough.
3rd Oct '15 6:16:29 PM AllenbysEyes
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** ''Everybody Wants to Rule the World'' was 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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** ''Everybody "Everybody Wants to Rule the World'' World" was conceived as a commentary on the Cold War; Orzabal noted the original title was ''Everybody "Everybody Wants to Go to War'', War", which producer Chris Hughes nixed as not catchy enough.
3rd Oct '15 6:15:48 PM AllenbysEyes
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** ''Everybody Wants to Rule the World'' was 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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