On this day in music history: July 13, 1985 – …

On this day in music history: July 13, 1985 – “Songs From The Big Chair” by Tears For Fears hits #1 on the Billboard Top 200 for 5 weeks (non-consecutive). Produced by Chris Hughes, it is recorded at Wool Hall Studios in Beckington, Somerset, UK, and Musicland Studios in Munich, Germany from Late 1983, February – November 1984. After releasing the stand alone single “The Way You Are” in the UK in late 1983, it performs under expectations after three consecutive top five singles in the UK charts (from their debut album “The Hurting”), stalling at #24. Deciding that a change in musical direction is necessary, Tears For Fears initially begin the recording sessions for their second album with producer Jeremy Green. The track “Mother’s Talk” is the first song recorded. When the band is unhappy the end results, Green is replaced with TFF’s original producer Chris Hughes (Adam & The Ants, Wang Chung), and the recording sessions begin again. The albums title is inspired by the novel and television film “Sybil”, about a young woman with thirteen different personalities who only feels safe in her psychiatrist’s chair. It is the duos most successful album, spinning off four hit singles including “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” (#1 Pop), “Shout” (Pop #1), and “Head Over Heels” (#3 US Pop). In 2006, Universal Music Group reissues the album as a 2 CD Deluxe Edition featuring remixes, single edits, and B-sides. In 2014, a 4 CD + 2 DVD remastered Super Deluxe Box Set to commemorate the album’s 30th anniversary is released as well as a newly remastered vinyl LP edition. “Songs From The Big Chair” is certified 5x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.