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Tears For Fears

Tears for Fears, named after a phrase found in Arthur Janov’s book Prisoners of Pain, are a British pop/rock outfitformed in 1981 inBath, England, by Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith, two school friends and ex-members of Graduate.Initially associated with new wave andthe new romantic movements, the duo’s earliest work (through 1983’s The Hurting)was explicitly based around the confusion and angst ofadolescence. Though top forty regulars on both sides of the Atlantic,Orzabal and Smith made their major international breakthrough withSongs From the Big Chair< ...read more

Tears for Fears, named after a phrase found in Arthur Janov’s book Prisoners of Pain, are a British pop/rock outfitformed in 1981 inBath, England, by Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith, two school friends and ex-members of Graduate.Initially associated with new wave andthe new romantic movements, the duo’s earliest work (through 1983’s The Hurting)was explicitly based around the confusion and angst ofadolescence. Though top forty regulars on both sides of the Atlantic,Orzabal and Smith made their major international breakthrough withSongs From the Big Chair in 1985, which included theirmost commercially popular material to date (scoring two Billboard Hot 100 #1sand a UK #2).

They released three albums - the synthesizer-based The Hurting (1983), Songs from the Big Chair (1985) (whichbroke free from thenew-wave mold) and the jazz/blues/Beatles influenced The Seeds of Love (1989) - before Orzabal andSmith had an extremelyacrimonious falling out.

The split of the duo was ultimately blamed on Orzabal’s intricate but frustrating approach to production and Smith’s distaste forthe pop musicworld. The two spent the 1990s working separately. « hide

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LPs
Everybody Loves a Happy Ending
2004

3
24 Votes
Raoul and the Kings of Spain
1995

2.7
20 Votes
Elemental
1993

3.4
32 Votes
The Seeds of Love
1989

3.8
64 Votes
Songs from the Big Chair
1985

4.1
181 Votes
The Hurting
1983

4.1
107 Votes
Live Albums
Secret World - Live in Paris
2006

3.3
2 Votes
Compilations
Famous Last Words: The Collection
2007

4.5
3 Votes
Saturnine Martial & Lunatic
1996

3.5
4 Votes
Tears Roll Down (Greatest Hits '82-'92)
1992

3.9
37 Votes

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