Tears For Fears

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UK rock-pop group formed in 1981 by Curt Smith (b. 24 June 1961) and Roland Orzabal (b. 22 August 1961). After three platinum albums and a string of hit singles, the duo split in 1991. Orzabal continued under the band name, releasing the albums 'Elemental' (1993) and 'Raoul and the Kings of Spain' (1995), while Smith moved to the US and began a solo career. In 2000, the pair reestablished contact and started working together again on new material.
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1001 In Concert-304 — Tears For Fears Tears For Fears In Concert-304 BBC Transcription Services 1001 US 1983 Sell This Version
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422 811 039-1 M-1 The Hurting — Tears For Fears Tears For Fears The Hurting (Album, Comp) Mercury, Mercury 422 811 039-1 M-1 US 1983 Sell This Version
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#485 King Biscuit Flower Hour — Tears For Fears Gary Myrick / Tears For Fears Gary Myrick / Tears For Fears - King Biscuit Flower Hour(LP, Transcription + LP, S/Sided, Transcription) King Biscuit Flower Hour #485 US 1983 Sell This Version
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SS85-D Superstar Concert Series — Tears For Fears Tears For Fears / The Hooters Tears For Fears / The Hooters - Superstar Concert Series Westwood One SS85-D US 1985 Sell This Version
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824-300-1 Songs From The Big Chair — Tears For Fears Tears For Fears Songs From The Big Chair (Album, Comp) Mercury 824-300-1 US 1985 Sell This Version
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none The Best Of The Biscuit — Tears For Fears Tears For Fears / Thompson Twins Tears For Fears / Thompson Twins - The Best Of The Biscuit(LP, Transcription + LP, S/Sided, Transcription) King Biscuit Flower Hour Records none US 1985 Sell This Version
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RL 17-5 Songs From The Big Chair / Metal Heart — Tears For Fears Tears For Fears / Accept Tears For Fears / Accept - Songs From The Big Chair / Metal Heart(LP, Transcription) Afrts, United States Department Of Defense RL 17-5 US 1985 Sell This Version
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none The King Biscuit Flower Hour — Tears For Fears Tears For Fears The King Biscuit Flower Hour(LP, Transcription + LP, S/Sided, Transcription) DIR Broadcasting none US 1985 Sell This Version
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Series #33 Show #11 Innerview — Tears For Fears Tears For Fears Innerview(LP, Transcription) Innerview Series #33 Show #11 US 1985 Sell This Version
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INT 1 The Interview Album — Tears For Fears Tears For Fears The Interview Album(LP, Album, Promo) Vertigo INT 1 Canada 1985 Sell This Version
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REMN-RS 1001P REMN Presents Tears For Fears / Phil Collins — Tears For Fears Tears For Fears / Phil Collins Tears For Fears / Phil Collins - REMN Presents Tears For Fears / Phil Collins(LP, Transcription) REMN Corp. REMN-RS 1001P US 1986 Sell This Version
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SS 86-20 Superstar Concert Series — Tears For Fears Simple Minds / Tears For Fears Simple Minds / Tears For Fears - Superstar Concert Series(3xLP, Transcription, Tra) Westwood One SS 86-20 US 1986 Sell This Version
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SMMC 148-1 7UP Music Machine 1986 Radio Show — Tears For Fears Tears For Fears 7UP Music Machine 1986 Radio Show(LP, Transcription) Westwood One SMMC 148-1 UK 1986 Sell This Version
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ST 748148 The Seeds Of Love — Tears For Fears Tears For Fears The Seeds Of Love (Album, Comp) Fontana, Phonogram ST 748148 Australia 1989 Sell This Version
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none 5 Tracks — Tears For Fears Tears For Fears 5 Tracks(Cass, Promo, Smplr) Phonogram none UK 1989 Sell This Version
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CMP 6006 Knebworth - Le Concert Des Années 90 - Volume 1 — Tears For Fears Phil Collins, Paul McCartney, Tears For Fears, Cliff Richard & The Shadows Phil Collins, Paul McCartney, Tears For Fears, Cliff Richard & The Shadows - Knebworth - Le Concert Des Années 90 - Volume 1 (Comp) Castle Music Pictures CMP 6006 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
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I 90-12 In Concert — Tears For Fears Tears For Fears In Concert(2xLP, Promo, Transcription) Westwood One Radio Networks I 90-12 US 1990 Sell This Version
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I 91-26 In Concert — Tears For Fears Tears For Fears / Toy Matinee Tears For Fears / Toy Matinee - In Concert(2xLP, Transcription) Westwood One I 91-26 US 1991 Sell This Version
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TCD0274 Classic Albums - Songs From The Big Chair — Tears For Fears Tears For Fears Classic Albums - Songs From The Big Chair(CD, Transcription) BBC Transcription TCD0274 UK 1992 Sell This Version
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69499 Elemental — Tears For Fears Tears For Fears Elemental (Album) Mercury 69499 Argentina 1993 Sell This Version
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480982-2 Raoul And The Kings Of Spain — Tears For Fears Tears For Fears Raoul And The Kings Of Spain (Album) Epic, Epic 480982-2 Europe 1995 Sell This Version
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PL/TFF01/01~02 Planet Live! — Tears For Fears Tears For Fears Planet Live!(2xCD, Transcription) Austereo MCM PL/TFF01/01~02 1996 Sell This Version
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none King Biscuit Flower Hour  — Tears For Fears Tears For Fears King Biscuit Flower Hour (CDr, Transcription) King Biscuit Flower Hour Radio none US 2001 Sell This Version
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none Everybody Loves A Happy Ending — Tears For Fears Tears For Fears Everybody Loves A Happy Ending (Album) Arista none US 2004 Sell This Version
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82876 60423 2 Everybody Loves A Happy Ending (Interview Disk) — Tears For Fears Tears For Fears Everybody Loves A Happy Ending (Interview Disk)(CD, Promo) Arista 82876 60423 2 Europe 2004 Sell This Version

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handsomehunk

handsomehunk

September 6, 2022
from jungle/dnb to britpop including george michael...thanks to the English culture ,..would love to visit UK again for some record diggin
6beat9

6beat9

October 5, 2021
Anyone that attempts to discredit 80's artists such as TFF is just not musically informed. The put out great albums that are standing the test of time. The 80's are the most slagged and written off decade for music, when really it should be the opposite. The variety and originality of that era is slowly getting it's due of respect. I suspect it will continue. We have diverse sounding music now....but they owe a huge debt to the musical pioneers of the 1980s.
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mcfoghat

mcfoghat

October 30, 2020
I think that in some future days, this type of Britpop will be reevaluated and given a little more respect.
dianekirse

dianekirse

November 28, 2015
I have just recently reintroduced myself to TFF. The musical genius of Roland Orzabal has only increased with the years. And his voice is outstanding. I have been listening to the lesser known works and have been impressed by the soul, blues notes. I think he might be missing the mark by not doing more in those areas. He's got strong talent there.
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Rinetzko

Rinetzko

March 23, 2014
To me, this is the best group ever. And it all comes from the fact that there is an incredible depth to what they make and do. First, the lyrics. Those are not just words you read and then judge. You need to read them, understand them and once you do that, you'll find a world is opening up for you. A world in your inner self. Because that is what Tears For Fears are about: Tackling fears and overcoming obstacles. The way they incorporate music into this is just brilliant. Every song seems to have music fitting to the idea of the song.

And not just that: Their musical 'styles' (a term that they weren't really a fan of) ranges from the hard rockers ('Year of the knife' from 'The seeds of love' or 'New star' from 'Saturnine martial & Lunatic') to the atmospheric, deeper songs ('Listen' on 'Songs from the big chair' or 'I choose you' from 'Raoul and the kings of Spain') to the amazing instrumentals (The semi-post-rock 'Pharaos' or the muzak 'Music for tables') seem to define what Tears For Fears is all about: Diversity with a deep and complex lesson. Educate thyself.
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Alastis

Alastis

March 8, 2008
Just recently, I watched a TV show where TFF were mentioned as one of the disposable pop groups of the 80s. I disagree with that opinion - indeed, they were producing slick music, but it was a bit more sophisticated than stuff done by their peers.

In general, 80s were not good for pop music - whatever comes to mind is overused synthesizer sound and hollow sounding drums. Somehow, TFF were able to inject more life into their songs than many others - even with some of the typical production values for those times.

On a downside, some of their songs are/were overplayed (think "Shout" and "Everybody Wants to Rule the World") and there was a definite reliance on image (although not as heavy as in, say, Duran Duran or Erasure or bands of that ilk). All in all, many of their songs stood the test of time very well and one can easily find less attractive examples of pop music from the 80s out there.
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