Tears For Fears

Tears For Fears

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. A new album, 'Everybody Loves A Happy Ending', was released in 2004.

Tears For Fears Discography


28PP-1015 Tears For Fears The Hurting (Album) Mercury, Mercury 28PP-1015 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
824 300-4 Tears For Fears Songs From The Big Chair (Album, Comp) Mercury 824 300-4 Spain 1985 Sell This Version
INT 1 Tears For Fears The Interview Album(LP, Album, Promo) Vertigo INT 1 Canada 1985 Sell This Version
838 730-2 Tears For Fears The Seeds Of Love (Album) Fontana 838 730-2 Australasia 1989 Sell This Version
514875-1 Tears For Fears Elemental (Album) Mercury 514875-1 Spain 1993 Sell This Version
67383 Tears For Fears Raoul And The Kings Of Spain (Album) Epic, Epic 67383 US 1995 Sell This Version
none Tears For Fears Everybody Loves A Happy Ending (Album) New Door Records none US 2004 Sell This Version
82876 60423 2 Tears For Fears Everybody Loves A Happy Ending (Interview Disk)(CD, Promo) Arista 82876 60423 2 Europe 2004 Sell This Version
none Tears For Fears Secret World (Album) XIII BIS Records none France 2006 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

none Tears For Fears Suffer The Children (Single) Mercury none UK 1981 Sell This Version
idea 212 Tears For Fears Pale Shelter (You Don't Give Me Love) (Single) Mercury idea 212 UK 1982 Sell This Version
TOS 1411, 6059568 Tears For Fears Mad World (Single, Maxi) Mercury TOS 1411, 6059568 South Africa 1982 Sell This Version
6059 596 Tears For Fears Change (Single, Maxi, EP) Mercury, Mercury 6059 596 France 1982 Sell This Version
AS 5000 640 Tears For Fears / Alberto Fortis Tears For Fears / Alberto Fortis - Mad World / Neve(7", Promo) Mercury, Philips AS 5000 640 Italy 1982 Sell This Version
IDEA 612 Tears For Fears The Way You Are (Single, EP, Maxi) Mercury IDEA 612 UK 1983 Sell This Version
812 108-7 Tears For Fears Pale Shelter (Maxi, Single, EP) Mercury, Mercury 812 108-7 Australia 1982 Sell This Version
AS 5000 651 Tears For Fears / Teresa De Sio Tears For Fears / Teresa De Sio - Change / Ariò(7", Promo) PolyGram AS 5000 651 Italy 1983 Sell This Version
AS 5000 662 Tears For Fears / Genesis Tears For Fears / Genesis - Pale Shelter / Mama(7", Promo) PolyGram AS 5000 662 Italy 1983 Sell This Version
5001 624, AB MIX 5 Tears For Fears / Man Parrish / The Maisonettes Tears For Fears / Man Parrish / The Maisonettes - Change / Heatstroke / Heartache Avenue(12", Ltd, Promo) Polygram, Dee Jay's Gang 5001 624, AB MIX 5 Italy 1983 Sell This Version
MER-24-736, 880 572-7 Tears For Fears Change / Pale Shelter(7", Single) Mercury, Mercury MER-24-736, 880 572-7 Philippines 1983 Sell This Version
DJ 75 Tears For Fears Shout (Single, Maxi, EP) Mercury DJ 75 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
818 838-7 Tears For Fears Mothers Talk (Single, Maxi, EP) Mercury, Mercury 818 838-7 France 1984 Sell This Version
880659-7 Tears For Fears Everybody Wants To Rule The World (Single, Maxi, EP) Mercury 880659-7 Spain 1985 Sell This Version
884154-1 Tears For Fears I Believe (A Soulful Re-Recording) (Single, Maxi, EP) Mercury 884154-1 New Zealand 1985 Sell This Version
IDEA 10 Tears For Fears Head Over Heels (Single, Maxi, EP) Mercury, Mercury IDEA 10 UK 1985 Sell This Version

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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.


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.


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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