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. A new album, 'Everybody Loves A Happy Ending', was released in 2004.
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Tears For Fears - BBC  Rock Hour #425 album art Tears For Fears BBC Rock Hour #425 London Wavelength UK 1983 Sell This Version
Tears For Fears - The Hurting album art Tears For Fears The Hurting (Album) Mercury, Mercury US 1983 Sell This Version
1001 Tears For Fears - The Penthouse / Omni Magazine College Rock Concert album art Tears For Fears The Penthouse / Omni Magazine College Rock Concert(LP, Transcription) London Wavelength 1001 US 1983 Sell This Version
#485 Tears For Fears - King Biscuit Flower Hour album art 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
CN 4188/S Tears For Fears - In Concert-304 album art Tears For Fears In Concert-304(LP, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services CN 4188/S UK 1983 Sell This Version
Tears For Fears - Songs From The Big Chair album art Tears For Fears Songs From The Big Chair (Album, Comp) Mercury Canada 1985 Sell This Version
SS85-D Tears For Fears - Superstar Concert Series album art Tears For Fears, The Hooters Tears For Fears, The Hooters - Superstar Concert Series(3xLP, Transcription, Box) Westwood One SS85-D US 1985 Sell This Version
none Tears For Fears - The Best Of The King Biscuit Flower Hour album art Tears For Fears / Thompson Twins Tears For Fears / Thompson Twins - The Best Of The King Biscuit Flower Hour(LP, Transcription + LP, S/Sided, Transcription) King Biscuit Flower Hour Records none US 1985 Sell This Version
RL 17-5 Tears For Fears - Songs From The Big Chair / Metal Heart album art 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
none Tears For Fears - The King Biscuit Flower Hour album art Tears For Fears The King Biscuit Flower Hour(LP, Transcription + LP, S/Sided, Transcription) DIR Broadcasting none US 1985 Sell This Version
Series #33 Show #11 Tears For Fears - Jim Ladd Hosts Tears For Fears album art Jim Ladd Hosts Tears For Fears Jim Ladd Hosts Tears For Fears - Jim Ladd Hosts Tears For Fears(LP, Transcription) Innerview Series #33 Show #11 US 1985 Sell This Version
INT 1 Tears For Fears - The Interview Album album art Tears For Fears The Interview Album(LP, Album, Promo) Vertigo INT 1 Canada 1985 Sell This Version
REMN-RS 1001P Tears For Fears - REMN Presents Tears For Fears / Phil Collins album art 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
SS 86-20 Tears For Fears - Westwood One Superstars Concert Series # SS 86-20 album art Simple Minds / Tears For Fears Simple Minds / Tears For Fears - Westwood One Superstars Concert Series # SS 86-20(3xLP, Transcription, Tra + Box) Westwood One SS 86-20 US 1986 Sell This Version
SMMC 148-1 Tears For Fears - 7UP Music Machine 1986 Radio Show album art Tears For Fears 7UP Music Machine 1986 Radio Show(LP, Transcription) Westwood One SMMC 148-1 UK 1986 Sell This Version
Tears For Fears - The Seeds Of Love album art Tears For Fears The Seeds Of Love (Album) Fontana Chile 1989 Sell This Version
none Tears For Fears - 5 Tracks album art Tears For Fears 5 Tracks(Cass, Promo, Smplr) Phonogram none UK 1989 Sell This Version
I 90-12 Tears For Fears - In Concert album art Tears For Fears In Concert(2xLP, Transcription) Westwood One Radio Network I 90-12 US 1990 Sell This Version
I 91-26 Tears For Fears - In Concert album art Tears For Fears, Toy Matinee Tears For Fears, Toy Matinee - In Concert(2xLP, Transcription) Westwood One I 91-26 US 1991 Sell This Version
Tears For Fears - Elemental album art Tears For Fears Elemental (Album) Mercury Spain 1993 Sell This Version
Tears For Fears - Raoul And The Kings Of Spain album art Tears For Fears Raoul And The Kings Of Spain (Album) Epic, Epic US 1995 Sell This Version
none Tears For Fears - King Biscuit Flower Hour 12/17/01 Week # 51 album art Tears For Fears King Biscuit Flower Hour 12/17/01 Week # 51(CDr, Transcription) King Biscuit Flower Hour Radio none US 2001 Sell This Version
Tears For Fears - Everybody Loves A Happy Ending album art Tears For Fears Everybody Loves A Happy Ending (Album) New Door Records US 2004 Sell This Version
Tears For Fears - Secret World album art Tears For Fears Secret World (Album) XIII BIS Records France 2006 Sell This Version
none Tears For Fears - The Hurting - 30th Anniversary Edition - Sampler album art Tears For Fears The Hurting - 30th Anniversary Edition - Sampler(CDr, Promo, Smplr) Universal Music Catalogue none UK 2013 Sell This Version

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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.
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.
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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