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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

    3.1
    26 Votes
    Raoul and the Kings of Spain
    1995

    2.9
    23 Votes
    Elemental
    1993

    3.5
    38 Votes
    The Seeds of Love
    1989

    3.8
    68 Votes
    Songs from the Big Chair
    1985

    4.1
    200 Votes
    The Hurting
    1983

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

    3.3
    2 Votes
    Compilations
    Famous Last Words: The Collection
    2007

    4.2
    3 Votes
    Saturnine Martial & Lunatic
    1996

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

    3.9
    36 Votes

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