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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/rockoutfit formed in 1981 in Bath, England, by Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith, two school friends and ex-members ofGraduate.Initially associated with new wave and the new romantic movements, the duo’s earliest work (through1983’s The Hurting)was explicitly based around the confusion and angst of adolescence. Though top forty regulars onboth sides of the Atlantic, Orzabal and Smith made their major international breakthrough with Songs From the BigChair ...read more

Tears for Fears, named after a phrase found in Arthur Janov’s book Prisoners of Pain, are a British pop/rockoutfit formed in 1981 in Bath, England, by Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith, two school friends and ex-members ofGraduate.Initially associated with new wave and the new romantic movements, the duo’s earliest work (through1983’s The Hurting)was explicitly based around the confusion and angst of adolescence. Though top forty regulars onboth sides of the Atlantic, Orzabal and Smith made their major international breakthrough with Songs From the BigChair in 1985, which included their most commercially popular material to date (scoring two Billboard Hot 100 #1s anda UK #2).

They released three albums - the synthesizer-based The Hurting (1983), Songs from the Big Chair (1985),which broke free from the new. wave mold, and the jazz/blues/Beatles influenced The Seeds of Love (1989) - beforeOrzabal and Smith had an extremely acrimonious falling out.

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

Similar Bands: Simple Minds, Erasure, Depeche Mode, The Smiths, Joy Division

LPs
Everybody Loves a Happy Ending
2004

3.2
34 Votes
Raoul and the Kings of Spain
1995

2.9
31 Votes
Elemental
1993

3.5
49 Votes
The Seeds of Love
1989

3.8
95 Votes
Songs from the Big Chair
1985

4.1
325 Votes
The Hurting
1983

4
169 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
6 Votes
Tears Roll Down (Greatest Hits '82-'92)
1992

3.9
44 Votes

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