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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The band's debut, ''The Hearting'', was straight-up SynthPop, before they switched to their eclectic rock style on subsequent albums.


* InTheStyleOf: "Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams" is essentially the lyrics of "Sowing the Seeds of Love" rapped over the chord pattern of "Shout" in a trip-hop style with "a Music/TalkingHeads-style chorus".

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"Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams" is essentially the lyrics of "Sowing the Seeds of Love" rapped over the chord pattern of "Shout" in a trip-hop style with "a Music/TalkingHeads-style chorus".chorus".
** "I Believe" is in the style of Robert Wyatt.


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* ApocalypseHow[=/=]WorldWarIII: "Famous Last Words" describes a planetary class 3. WordOfGod says it's a nuclear holocaust.

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* ApocalypseHow[=/=]WorldWarIII: "Famous Last Words" describes a planetary class 3. WordOfGod Word Of God says it's a nuclear holocaust.



* CoverVersion: The band has covered Robert Wyatt's "Sea Song", Music/DavidBowie's "Ashes to Ashes", and Music/{{Radiohead}}'s "Creep". The band's own "Mad World" was later CoveredUp by Gary Jules.

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* CoverVersion: The band has covered Robert Wyatt's "Sea Song", Music/DavidBowie's "Ashes to Ashes", and Music/{{Radiohead}}'s "Creep". The band's own "Mad World" was later CoveredUp Covered Up by Gary Jules.



* DownerEnding: ''The Seeds of Love'' ends with "Famous Last Words", which is pure TearJerker. (Considering that it's about a couple perishing in each other's arms during a nuclear holocaust, it'd pretty much have to be). Some of the band's other albums also end this way, including "Goodnight Song" from ''Elemental'', about how the singer no longer feels like his music is artistically successful, and "Los reyes católicos (reprise)" from ''Raoul and the Kings of Spain'', which isn't that much of a downer lyrically but is quite downbeat musically.

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* DownerEnding: ''The Seeds of Love'' ends with "Famous Last Words", which is pure TearJerker.Tear Jerker. (Considering that it's about a couple perishing in each other's arms during a nuclear holocaust, it'd pretty much have to be). Some of the band's other albums also end this way, including "Goodnight Song" from ''Elemental'', about how the singer no longer feels like his music is artistically successful, and "Los reyes católicos (reprise)" from ''Raoul and the Kings of Spain'', which isn't that much of a downer lyrically but is quite downbeat musically.



** WordOfGod admits that "Sowing the Seeds of Love" and "Schrödinger's Cat" are both pastiches of "[[Music/TheBeatles I Am the Walrus]]" (Orzabal also notes that the piano break on "Schrödinger" is "reminiscent of [Thunderclap Newman's] 'Something in the Air'"). These were far from the only [[Music/TheBeatles Beatles]] pastiches the group recorded; large parts of ''The Seeds of Love'' and ''Everybody Loves a Happy Ending'' bear clear Beatles influence (although maybe not quite this clear). "Everybody Loves a Happy Ending" and "Who Killed Tangerine?" could almost be lost Beatles tracks, for example.

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** WordOfGod Word Of God admits that "Sowing the Seeds of Love" and "Schrödinger's Cat" are both pastiches of "[[Music/TheBeatles I Am the Walrus]]" (Orzabal also notes that the piano break on "Schrödinger" is "reminiscent of [Thunderclap Newman's] 'Something in the Air'"). These were far from the only [[Music/TheBeatles Beatles]] pastiches the group recorded; large parts of ''The Seeds of Love'' and ''Everybody Loves a Happy Ending'' bear clear Beatles influence (although maybe not quite this clear). "Everybody Loves a Happy Ending" and "Who Killed Tangerine?" could almost be lost Beatles tracks, for example.



* LoudnessWar: ''Everybody Loves a Happy Ending'', as well as all their remasters. Fans were justifiably annoyed about the brickwalling of ''The Hurting'' reissue because it included many tracks that were on CD for the first time, but it turns out the band wanted them mastered that way. Averted by the original releases of the early albums; the original release of ''The Seeds of Love'', for example, is [=DR13=]. Probably a case of KeepCirculatingTheTapes.

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* LoudnessWar: ''Everybody Loves a Happy Ending'', as well as all their remasters. Fans were justifiably annoyed about the brickwalling of ''The Hurting'' reissue because it included many tracks that were on CD for the first time, but it turns out the band wanted them mastered that way. Averted by the original releases of the early albums; the original release of ''The Seeds of Love'', for example, is [=DR13=]. Probably a case of KeepCirculatingTheTapes.Keep Circulating The Tapes.



* ParentalNeglect: WordOfGod is that "Pale Shelter" is about this.

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* ParentalNeglect: WordOfGod Word Of God is that "Pale Shelter" is about this.


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* ReadingIsCoolAesop: "Sowing The Seeds Of Love":
-->"Everyone, read about it\\
Everyone, scream about it\\
Everyone (everyone, yeah)\\
Everyone (everyone) read about it, read about it\\
Read it in the books, in the crannies and the nooks, there are books to read"

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* ParentalNeglect: WordOfGod is that "Pale Shelter" is about this.

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* LeadBassist: Curt Smith.


** "The Body Wah" is constructed around a sample of a woman describing "[[MargaretThatcher a well-known female politician]]" with the words, "Because she has power, she has personality".

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** "The Body Wah" is constructed around a sample of a woman describing "[[MargaretThatcher "[[UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher a well-known female politician]]" with the words, "Because she has power, she has personality".



* WordSaladLyrics: " My Life in the Suicide Ranks" is pretty much pure nonsense

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* WordSaladLyrics: " My "My Life in the Suicide Ranks" is pretty much pure nonsense nonsense, because the entire song was [[{{Improv}} more or less made up on the spot]].


* AerithandBob: Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith, respectively.

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* AerithandBob: AerithAndBob: Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith, respectively.

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* AerithandBob: Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith, respectively.

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** "The Conflict" strongly resembles the work of {{Music/Japan}} , in particular "Ghosts" and "The Experience Of Swimming".

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* WordSaladLyrics: " My Life in the Suicide Ranks" is pretty much pure nonsense


[[IThoughtItMeant Do not confuse with]] the trope TearsOfFear.

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[[IThoughtItMeant [[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant Do not confuse with]] the trope TearsOfFear.

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** The synth "scream" from "The Hurting" may be sampled from Music/PeterGabriel's "Intruder"; if not, it's almost certainly a ShoutOut, as it sounds very similar.


* IndecipherableLyrics:
** The CarefulWithThatAxe parts at the end of "Sowing the Seeds of Love" can fall into this. There's one part where Orzabal is saying, "What about the workers?", but this isn't included in the lyrics and isn't easy to make out in the studio version (it's more easily decipherable in some of the live versions).
** There are also some heavily processed vocal parts in some of their songs that can be very difficult to understand, most prominently "Cold".



* 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 (perhaps because it's SomethingCompletelyDifferent: it's a DrumAndBass album).

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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 "solo" work [[IAmTheBand would be released under the band's name]].name]] (though this has frequently been overstated; see IAmTheBand above). ''Tomcats Screaming Outside'', which he made in 2001, was his only album that he released under his name (perhaps because it's SomethingCompletelyDifferent: it's a DrumAndBass album).


** In fact, after ''The Hurting'', the album with the highest number of solo Orzabal songwriting credits is... *drumroll* ''Everybody Loves a Happy Ending'', the reunion album, with a whopping four out of twelve songs (or fourteen on the European edition). Most of the songs on this album are credited to Orzabal/Smith/Pettus (Smith's songwriting partner); "Who You Are" is a Smith/Pettus composition, and the four songs credited to Orzabal are "Size of Sorrow", "Quiet Ones", "The Devil", and "Secret World".[[note]] Bonus track "Pullin' a Cloud" is credited to Orzabal, Gail Ann Dorsey (bassist on ''Raoul''), and Brian [=MacLeod=] (percussionist on ''Raoul''); "Out of Control" is credited to Orzabal, Smith, Griffiths, and Pettus.[[/note]] Suffice it to say that Orzabal seems to benefit from having someone else to bounce his songwriting ideas off of (and, for that matter, so does Smith).

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** In fact, after ''The Hurting'', the album with the highest number of solo Orzabal songwriting credits is... *drumroll* ''Everybody Loves a Happy Ending'', the reunion album, with a whopping four out of twelve songs (or fourteen on the European edition). Most of the songs on this album are credited to Orzabal/Smith/Pettus Orzabal, Smith, and Charlton Pettus (Smith's songwriting partner); "Who You Are" is a Smith/Pettus composition, and the four songs credited to Orzabal are "Size of Sorrow", "Quiet Ones", "The Devil", and "Secret World".[[note]] Bonus track "Pullin' a Cloud" is credited to Orzabal, Gail Ann Dorsey (bassist on ''Raoul''), and Brian [=MacLeod=] (percussionist on ''Raoul''); "Out of Control" is credited to Orzabal, Smith, Griffiths, and Pettus.[[/note]] Suffice it to say that Orzabal seems to benefit from having someone else to bounce his songwriting ideas off of (and, for that matter, so does Smith).

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