Tears for Fears

An omnipresent fixture in the early days of music video, Tears For Fears brought Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith into the pop music spotlight via their 1983 debut album The Hurting, a sophisticated collection of inward-looking, electro-tinged pop songs including “Mad World”, “Pale Shelter” and “Change,” all Top 10 hits in the band’s British homeland.

In an attempt to satisfy the international demand for the band, the group then spent an extended period touring and promoting the new album around the world: Songs from the Big Chair which included the #1 hits, ”Shout’,  and ”Everybody Wants to Rule the World”. A time that, as we would later see, would take its toll on the band in the days to come. Tears For Fears continued, and indeed when Big Chair’s follow-up Sowing The Seeds Of Love emerged four years later, it soared into the Top 10 and offered the No. 2 smash “The Seeds Of Love.”

In 1990, the group split to pursue their career on each side. It was almost 15 years later that the duo met again, in 2004. Where it went is into the heart of Everybody Loves A Happy Ending, a title the pair couldn’t help but hang on their new album, and an inescapable truism their reunion solidly reinforces.

Chart toppers Tears for Fears’ most recent studio album, 2004’s critically acclaimed Everybody Loves A Happy Ending, signaled a welcome return for one of the biggest and best-loved bands of the post-MTV age, as well as one of the most eagerly anticipated reunions in pop music history.

“This is the album that should have followed Seeds Of Love in many ways,” said singer-songwriter Roland Orzabal, who for the first time since the album’s 1989 release was rejoined by TFF cofounder Curt Smith. The results were standout tracks like “Closest Thing To Heaven,” “Call Me Mellow” and “Who Killed Tangerine.” They spent the next year and half on a worldwide tour supporting the album playing to sold out crowds and enthusiastic fans.

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