Category: tears for fears

On this day in music history: September 25, 1989 – “The Seeds Of Love”, the third album by Tears For Fears is released. Produced by Tears For Fears and David Bascombe, it is recorded at The Manor Studios in Shipton-on-Cherwell, Oxfordshire, UK, Rhinoceros Studios in Sydney, Australia and Mayfair Studios in London from Late 1986 – Mid 1989. Following the extensive world tour for the “Songs From The Big Chair” ending in February of 1986, Tears For Fears take several months off before starting work on the follow up. During the US leg of their tour, they meet singer and musician Oleta Adams, while she is working in a piano bar at a hotel in Kansas City, MO. Impressed by her keyboard playing and soulful voice, they ask her to keep in touch with them. By the end of 1986, Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith begin work on their next album. Orzabal co-writes nearly all of the songs with keyboardist Nicky Holland. TFF initially work with producers Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley in late 1986. Unhappy with the results, Roland and Curt start over again with their former producer Chris Hughes. The collaborative reunion is short lived, when the pair clash with Hughes over the direction of the new material. Along with Chris Hughes’ departs, as well as long time keyboardist Ian Stanley. After these two failed attempts, Orzabal and Smith decide to produce the album themselves along with engineer David Bascombe. They also contact Oleta Adams, who travels to the UK to participate in the recording. A number of studio players and guest musicians like Phil Collins, Pino Palladino, Robbie McIntosh, Simon Phillips and Manu Katche contribute to the album. Titled “The Seeds Of Love”, the first single is the Beatlesque flavored “Sowing The Seeds Of Love” (#5 UK, #2 US Pop, #29 US AC). The lyrics explore Orzabal’s interest in politics, barely masking his disdain for then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Having spent over £1 million and nearly three years recording it, “The Seeds Of Love” pushes Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith’s friendship to the breaking point. Reviews for the album are mixed, with some praising it for its ambitious scope. Others consider it “overreaching”. In spins off two more singles including “Woman In Chains” (#26 UK, #36 US Pop) and “Advice For The Young At Heart” (#36 UK, #89 US Pop, #24 US AC). Following the tour for the album, Curt Smith leaves Tears For Fears, and does not reunite with Roland Orzabal until 2000. The album is remastered and reissued on CD in 1999. Out of print on vinyl since its original release, it’s reissued by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, as part of its “Silver Label Series” in 2012. “The Seeds Of Love” spends one week at number one on the UK album chart, peaking at number eight on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the UK by the BPI, and in the US by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: August 3, 1985 – “Shout” by Tears For Fears hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 3 weeks, also topping the Club Play chart for 2 weeks on August 24, 1985. Written by Roland Orzabal and Ian Stanley, it is the second consecutive chart topping single for the British pop/rock duo from Bath, Somerset, UK. The song as well as the albums title is inspired by the TV miniseries “Sybil” which Roland Orzabal sees during the initial writing for the album. Orzabal plays a rough, partially completed version of the song to producer Chris Hughes and the bands’ keyboardist Ian Stanley who are convinced early on of the songs hit potential, while Orzabal thinks of it as being nothing more than an album track. Once they begin work on “Shout” in the studio, the band spends the better part of two months, recording and overdubbing until they feel it is perfect. Released in UK first in November of 1984 in advance of the album, the single peak at #4 on the UK singles chart. Released in the US in June 1985, it quickly follows their first chart topper “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” up the charts. Entering the Hot 100 at #66 on June 15, 1985, it leaps to the top of the chart seven weeks later. An extended dance mix of “Shout” is remixed for release in the US by Steve Thompson and Michael Barbiero (the original UK mix is regulated to the B-side of the 12" single) is also a major hit on US dance floors, topping the club play and 12" sales charts. Initially, the US 12" release was to be issued with the acapella vocal of the track along with a dub remix on the B-side. This version issued as a promotional only 12", and is nixed for commercial release. “Shout” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

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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.

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On this day in music history: June 8, 1985 – “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” by Tears For Fears hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks, also topping the Club Play and Maxi Single Sales charts for 2 weeks on May 11, 1985. Written by Roland Orzabal, Chris Hughes and Ian Stanley, it is the first US chart topper for the British pop/rock duo from Bath, Somerset, UK. Tears For Fears debut album “The Hurting”, which yields three top five singles in their home country and throughout Europe, gains the duo a toehold in the US when the single “Change” becomes their first chart entry peaking at #73 on the Hot 100 in August of 1983. Prior to beginning work on their second album, TFF release the stand alone single titled “The Way You Are”, which stalls at #24 on the UK singles chart. Realizing they need to change their musical course, the duo set about writing their follow up album. They are intent on maintaining their artistic integrity, while firmly setting their sights on reaching the widest audience possible. The final track completed for the duos second album “Songs From The Big Chair”, the lyrical concept of “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” is quite serious as stated by Curt Smith, “It’s about everybody wanting power, about warfare and the misery it causes”. Standing in stark contrast to the lyrics, the music is uplifting and light. So much so that Roland Orzabal has second thoughts about including it on the album, feeling that it’s too different from the other songs. Producer Chris Hughes (Adam & The Ants, Wang Chung) convince him to record it anyway. The track is recorded over a relatively short two weeks of studio time, compared to the more than four months spent working on “Shout” and “Head Over Heels”. Issued in the US as the first single from “Big Chair”, it quickly become a staple on pop radio and MTV, sending it to number one. Entering the Hot 100 at #70 on March 16, 1985, it climbs to the top of the chart twelve weeks later. In time, “Everybody” is regarded as a landmark record of the 80’s pop music era. By 1994, the song performing rights organization BMI reports that “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” had been broadcast on American radio over two million times. More than a year after single tops the US charts, TFF records a version with amended lyrics titled “Everybody Wants To Run The World” for the Band Aid spin off charity event “Sport Aid” in the UK in May of 1986. Released as a single only in Europe, the new version hits #5 on the UK singles chart in June of 1986, raising more money for the Band Aid Trust.

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On this day in music history: June 7, 1993 – “Elemental”, the fourth studio album by Tears for Fears is released. Produced by Roland Orzabal, Tim Palmer and Alan Griffiths, it is recorded at Neptune’s Kitchen in Bath, UK from Mid 1992 – Early 1993. Issued as the long awaited follow up to “The Seeds Of Love”, the project is essentially a solo album by Roland Orzabal released under the TFF moniker, as bassist/co-lead vocalist Curt Smith had left the band in 1991. Orzabal soldiers forward, recording the album mostly on his own at his home studio in Bath, writing the bulk of the material with Alan Griffiths. The musician is augmented in the studio with various musicians, including co-producers Palmer and Griffiths and bassist Guy Pratt (Pink Floyd). One of the album’s singles titled “Cold”, is directed at former Tears For Fears manager Paul King (who is imprisoned for fraud in 2004), in which Orzabal accuses him of stealing money from the band, stated in the scathing lyric “King got caught with his fingers in the till. Where’s your calculator – did you leave it in your will?”. The album spins off four singles including “Break It Down Again” (#20 UK, #1 US Modern Rock, #25 US Pop). “Elemental” peaks at number five on the UK album chart, number forty five on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: March 7, 1983 – “The Hurting”, the debut album by Tears For Fears is released (US release date is April 11, 1983). Produced by Chris Hughes and Ross Cullum, it is recorded at Cresent Studios in Somerset, Bath, UK, Brittania Row Studios and Abbey Road Studios in London from Early 1982 – Early 1983. Originally part of the mod/new wave band Graduate, Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith form the duo Tears For Fears in 1981, with their new name being inspired by Dr. Arthur Janov’s “primal scream therapy” in which patients purge themselves of personal traumas and pain that has often been repressed since childhood. Friends since the age of thirteen, Orzabal and Smith both come from broken homes and have been raised by their mothers. They use this as the basis for the songs that make up their debut album. It is a concept album about “feelings of abandonment, rejection and anger”, facing them and dealing with those emotions. In spite of the albums somewhat dark and morose subject matter, it is an immediate hit in TFF’s home country making them major pop stars, also gaining them a toehold of support in the US that later develops into worldwide success. It spins off three top five singles in the UK including “Change” (#4 UK, #73 US Pop), “Mad World” (#3 UK), and “Pale Shelter” (#5 UK). The original UK version of the album features a photo of a child, sitting with his hands covering his face, against a stark white background. The international release with replace this image with a photo of Orzabal and Smith standing at the bank of a river (the same image is used for the UK single picture sleeve for “Mad World”), looking away from the camera. A remastered 3 CD + 1 DVD deluxe edition of the album is released in October of 2013, with the second disc featuring remixes, single edits and demo versions, the third disc containing live performances recorded for DJ John Peel’s radio program, BBC radio and two further performances recorded in concert. The fourth disc contains the first DVD release of the “In My Mind’s Eye” concert video, recorded live at the Hammersmith Odeon in London in December of 1983 and originally released on VHS and laserdisc in November of 1984. “The Hurting” spends one week at number one on the UK album chart and is certified Platinum in the UK by the BPI (British Phonographic Industry, peaking at number seventy three on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

On this day in music history: February 25, 1985 – “Songs From The Big Chair”, the second album by Tears for Fears is released. Produced by Chris Hughes, it is recorded at Wool Hall Studios in North Road, Bath, Sommerset, UK from Late 1983 – Mid 1984. Having broken through in their home country with their debut album “The Hurting”, the Bath, UK rock duo set their sights on success in the US and throughout the rest of the world with the follow up. Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith test the waters with a new track they record titled “The Way You Are” which is released in November of 1983. When the single stalls at #24 on the UK singles chart, they realize that a change in musical direction is necessary if they are to realize their goal. Working once again with producer Chris Hughes (Adam & The Ants, Wang Chung) at keyboardist Ian Stanley’s home studio, they labor meticulously over the new material. Orzabal and Smith spend nearly half of the eight months it takes to complete the album crafting the future hit singles “Shout” (#4 UK, #1 US Pop) and “Head Over Heels” (#12 UK, #3 US Pop). The album takes its title from the book and television film “Sybil”, about a woman suffering from multiple personality disorder who only feels safe while sitting in her therapists’ “big chair”. “Chair” is the duos breakthrough on a worldwide basis, spinning off four hit singles (five in the UK) including “Everybody Wants To Rule The World”(#2 UK, #1 US Pop) and “Mothers Talk” (#27 US Pop). In November of 2014, a six disc (4 CD’s + 2 DVD’s) boxed edition of the album is issued commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of “Songs” original release. It features remastered versions of the original album, 45 edits and 12" remixes, demo versions, interviews, tracks from the Live At Massey Hall concert (circa 1985), a DVD-A disc featuring newly remixed versions of the album in both stereo and 5.1 surround by Steven Wilson, with the second DVD including the original music videos, rare television appearances, and a documentary on the making of the album. Out of print on vinyl for many years, it is also remastered and reissued in 2014, with separate releases of the original mix and the Steven Wilson stereo remix. “Songs From The Big Chair” spends five weeks at number one (non-consecutive) on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 5x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

On this day in music history: August 3, 1985 – “Shout” by Tears For Fears hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 3 weeks, also topping the Club Play chart for 2 weeks on August 24, 1985. Written by Roland Orzabal and Ian Stanley, it is the second consecutive chart topping single for the British pop/rock duo from Bath, Somerset, UK. The song as well as the albums title is inspired by the TV miniseries “Sybil” which Roland Orzabal sees during the initial writing for the album. Orzabal plays a rough, partially completed version of the song to producer Chris Hughes and the bands’ keyboardist Ian Stanley who are convinced early on of the songs hit potential, while Orzabal things of it as being nothing more than an album track. Once they begin work on “Shout” in the studio, the band spends the better part of two months, recording and overdubbing until they feel it is perfect. Released in UK first in November of 1984 in advance of the album, the single peak at #4 on the UK singles chart. Released in the US in June 1985, it quickly follows their first chart topper “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” up the charts. Entering the Hot 100 at #66 on June 15, 1985, it leaps to the top of the chart seven weeks later. An extended dance mix of “Shout” is remixed for release in the US by Steve Thompson and Michael Barbiero (the original UK mix is regulated to the B-side of the 12" single) is also a major hit on US dance floors, topping the club play and 12" sales charts. Initially, the US 12" release was to be issued with the acapella vocal of the track along with a dub remix on the B-side. This version issued as a promotional only 12", and is nixed for commercial release. “Shout” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

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.

On this day in music history: June 8, 1985 – “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” by Tears For Fears hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks, also topping the Club Play and Maxi Single Sales charts for 2 weeks on May 11, 1985. Written by Roland Orzabal, Chris Hughes and Ian Stanley, it is the first US chart topper for the British pop/rock duo from Bath, Somerset, UK. Tears For Fears debut album “The Hurting”, which yields three top five singles in their home country and throughout Europe, gains the duo a toehold in the US when the single “Change” becomes their first chart entry peaking at #73 on the Hot 100 in August of 1983. Prior to beginning work on their second album, TFF release the stand alone single titled “The Way You Are”, which stalls at #24 on the UK singles chart. Realizing they need to change their musical course, the duo set about writing their follow up album. They are intent on maintaining their artistic integrity, while firmly setting their sights on reaching the widest audience possible. The final track completed for the duos second album “Songs From The Big Chair”, the lyrical concept of “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” is quite serious as stated by Curt Smith, “It’s about everybody wanting power, about warfare and the misery it causes”. Standing in stark contrast to the lyrics, the music is uplifting and light. So much so that Roland Orzabal has second thoughts about including it on the album, feeling that it’s too different from the other songs. Producer Chris Hughes (Adam & The Ants, Wang Chung) convince him to record it anyway. The track is recorded over a relatively short two weeks of studio time, compared to the more than four months spent working on “Shout” and “Head Over Heels”. Issued in the US as the first single from “Big Chair”, it quickly become a staple on pop radio and MTV, sending it to number one. Entering the Hot 100 at #70 on March 16, 1985, it climbs to the top of the chart twelve weeks later. In time, “Everybody” is regarded as a landmark record of the 80’s pop music era. By 1994, the song performing rights organization BMI reports that “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” had been broadcast on American radio over two million times. More than a year after single tops the US charts, TFF records a version with amended lyrics titled “Everybody Wants To Run The World” for the Band Aid spin off charity event “Sport Aid” in the UK in May of 1986. Released as a single only in Europe, the new version hits #5 on the UK singles chart in June of 1986, raising more money for the Band Aid Trust.