Tears for Fears is an English group formed in 1981 in Bath by Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith, quickly joined by Ian Stanley and Manny Elias.
Orzabal and Smith had already formed another group before by the name of "Graduate" who had even released an album and a single "Elvis should play ska" which had had some success in Europe. Group which they quickly left to join the group "Neon", which they also abandoned to form the group "History of Headache" which would become Tears for Fears.
The group's first single “Suffer the children” was released in 1981 and went unnoticed.
The second single “Pale shelter” was released in 1982 and… went unnoticed.
It was the release of their third single "Mad world" in the fall of 1982 that changed everything : this time, it was a huge success.
In France, it was the single "Change" released in early 1983 that smashed him all.
The album "The hurting" which contains all these singles finally officially released a few months later. The success is colossal and global !
They did it again a year later in 1984 with the release of a new single "Shout" which also became a worldwide hit.
Their second album "Songs from the big chair" was released in the wake of the same craze. In 1985, the now cult single "Everybody wants to rule the world" was released. Another planetary success.
The 2 friends then only 23 years old became in a few years real world stars.
After a staggering start, the band’s production slowed down and it was not until 1989, 4 years later, that the third album "The seeds of love" was released.
Album with a sound much less Pop oriented but rather Jazzy-Bluesy.
The group finds once again the top of the Hits with the single "Sowing the seeds of love", and to a lesser extent "Womans in chains".
But the tensions are getting more and more serious between Smith and Orzabal to the point that Smith slams the door of the group in 1991 to embark on a solo career. Solo career that turns out to be a failure.
Tears for Fears had two last major successes in 1992 with the single hit "Laid so slow" and in 1993 with "Break it down again".
Other titles will be released later but the group will never find the level of excellence of the mid-80s.
Marking the slow disappearance of a group now legendary and which will remain as one of the best of the decade 80.
To discover or rediscover.
Discography (among others ...) :
• Suffer the children 1981
• Pale shelter 1982
• Mad world 1982
• Change 1983
• The way you are 1983
• Mothers talk 1984
• Shout 1984
• Everybody wants to rule the world 1985
• Head over heels 1985
• I believe 1985
• Sowing the seeds of love 1989
• Woman in chains 1989
• Advice for the young at heart 1990
• Famous last words 1990
• Johnny Panic and the bible of dreams 1991
• Laid so low 1992
• Break it down again 1993
• Cold 1993
• Goodnight song 1993
• God's mistake 1995
1981 ... a first title which will pass completely under the radars but which however give invaluable indications concerning the level of talent of this group : quite out of standard, quite simply ...
1982 ... the first success of a small group which will become one of the most beautiful duets of the 80s. At this stage, nobody can imagine the amazing sequel which is on the horizon...
1982 ... then this title arrives ! A title inspired by no one knows where and which will change their artistic destiny forever. Their first planetary hit and a notoriety which explodes as a result !
1983 ... an inexorable rise in power which allows them to afford a new mega hit. Nothing and nobody can stop them now and it's off to last, it's clear !
1983..a very astonishing title based on Asian sounds which completely clashes with the previous titles. Anyway, a truly original variation that shows the full extent of their possibilities. And there are !
1984 ... a year that started off strangely with a level of success not really worthy of their rank. But it will not last, because given what is on the horizon, it is clear that something big, even very big will happen concerning them ...
1984 ... and the best is there ! A title that will remain as their most HUGE hit and which definitively consecrates them as one of the most talented groups of the decade. MAS-TER-FUL !
1985 ... and what about that one ! Surely one of their most beautiful titles and which will be almost as strong as the previous one. In just 3 years they will have become one of the biggest planetary phenomena of the moment. And it's not over !
1985 ... an inspiration which does not weaken and which allows them to produce mega hit on mega hit. Unstoppable little guys !
1985 ... a decidedly exceptional year 1985. We finish with this sumptuous title which suspends time as if by magic. And even if this title will only meet a level of success all in all relative, that does not detract from its Premium quality !
1989 ... after an air gap of 4 years, we find them in great shape on this track which will remain as one of their most emblematic. The end of the decade which promises to be under the best auspices with this new global mega hit, that's clear !
1989 ... the WONDER ! It was worth the time to wait 4 years to see them produce this kind of title with incredible lyricism and depth. But where are they going to get it all !
1990 ... a change of decade which does not prevent them from always being as effective and always as inspired ! It's what we call talent, quite simply !
1990 ... a timeless title which once again demonstrates their extreme know-how in the field of 'emotional' titles. Either way, they excel in all areas. What more can be said...
1991 ... surprisingly, the group will release only one title in this year 1991. A completely atypical title and which does not correspond in any way to their usual standards. To say the least confusing ...
1992 ... the hits are more rare but each time, it's big, even very big caliber, the proof with this excellent new title. 10 years in the world leader without almost faltering. A real feat !
1993 ... their last mega hit. One among many others ... There's not to say, an incredible discography and which will remain as one of the most brilliant of this end of the XXth century. A global success, however widely deserved !
1993 ... of course, the 1990s will not bring them as much success as the 1980s, but it is clear that they are holding on and that for the moment, it is working quite well !
1993 ... a beautiful year 1993 which sees them staying in the big leagues with obvious ease thanks to titles with more than obvious quality like this one
1995 ... and their latest hit of the decade. A magnificent adventure which ends slowly but surely. But what a career and above all, what talent !
Official Website :
Greatest Hits :