The core membership of Tears For Fears is a British duo consisting of 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 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.
This band's three most famous songs come from their 1985 album Songs from the Big Chair
. At least, these are the three songs that you hear on the radio all the time and in "best of the 80's" compilation albums as of February 19, 2010:
- "Everybody Wants to Rule the World"
- "Head over Heels"
Of course, many fans over at their Last.FM page
would have you believe otherwise. That said, these are far from the band's only songs to get radio airplay.
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 Depeche Mode
album; this is where the single "Mad World" came from, which later got a more popular cover version
by Gary Jules that was used on the Donnie Darko
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 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
Orzabal and Smith are currently in the studio recording new material, which Orzabal has described as darker and more dramatic, describing one song as "a combination of Portishead
". The band recently released a cover
of Arcade Fire
's "Ready to Start" on SoundCloud.Do not confuse with
the trope Tears of Fear
- 1983 - The Hurting
- 1985 - Songs from the Big Chair
- 1989 - The Seeds of Love
- 1992 - Tears Roll Down*
- 1993 - Elemental**
- 1995 - Raoul and the Kings of Spain**
- 1996 - Saturnine Martial & Lunatic***
- 2004 - Everybody Loves a Happy Ending
* is a greatest hits album, which includes the single "Laid So Low (Tears Roll Down)", which only appears on compilations and which is the first song Orzabal recorded as Tears for Fears without Smith.
** denotes album recorded without Smith.
*** is a rarities collection spanning from 1983 to 1993.
Shout...shout...let it all out. These are the tropes I could do without: