Tears for Fears: C or D?

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Awful hair, super-gated 80s drum sounds, over-emoting vocals - what's not to love? Were they just new wave hippies? What was all that shouting about?

Shakey Mo Collier, Thursday, 3 October 2002 16:54 (nineteen years ago) link

I don't know what they were shouting about, but it was certainly CLASSIC.

Search: "Mad World", "Shout", "Everybody Wants To Rule The World", "Mothers Talk", "Sowing The Seeds Of Love", "Shout", "Head Over Heels", "Shout" and especially "SHOUT".

Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Thursday, 3 October 2002 17:04 (nineteen years ago) link

yes but Destroy the following on your way:

'Advice For The Young At Heart'
'Woman In chains'
'Laid So Low (Tears Roll Down)'
'Elemental (Album)'


'Sowing The Seeds Of Love's is great tho, i think the way the song has three stages and the way they are sequenced is utterly superb...i mean the bit where the brass comes in taking over from the existent verse/chorus sequence...AND THEN that amazing 'Lucy In The Sky...' style rip off towards the end - supoib, tho you could just listen to 'Sgt Peppers' i suppose

blueski, Thursday, 3 October 2002 17:09 (nineteen years ago) link

The Last New Wave Band. Classic beyond words.

Matt C., Thursday, 3 October 2002 17:21 (nineteen years ago) link

I can't for the life of me figure out what people like about these guys. "Shout" has to be one of the worst songs I've ever heard. Dud!!

Manny Parsons (Rahul Kamath), Thursday, 3 October 2002 17:27 (nineteen years ago) link

Blueski, there was definitely a time when I would agree with your destroy list. I think I've mellowed since high school, though; in fact, I'm downloading "Woman In Chains" right now to see if I still hate it.

Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Thursday, 3 October 2002 17:27 (nineteen years ago) link

well, part of the reason I brought this up is connected with that "manufactured pop = apex of culture" thread - because Tears for Fears have always been resoundingly pop in my mind: they had hits (even a bit of teenybopper status), they were catchy, they were self-consciously produced with the the "finest" technology of the time, they were big label, big hair, big everything. At the same time, they constructed their songs in a very Beatle-esque pop idiom and a lot of their lyrics are angst-ridden, rather dark, definitely morose. Maybe they were going for an overarching adolescent tragedy theme. At any rate - stuff like this seems to have completely fallen off the "pop" radar (at least in America). They make me long for a time when genuinely weird (or at least more idiosyncratic and ambiguous) songs could easily be seen as having a wide market appeal, and fell into a larger context of pop history. I mean, it isn't hard to draw a line from Cole Porter to the Beatles to Tears for Fears, but it seems much harder to extend that line to, say, N'Sync. What can I say, I'm a rockist I guess... anyway, Songs from the Big Chair is a great record.

Shakey Mo Collier, Thursday, 3 October 2002 17:28 (nineteen years ago) link

Classic, classic, a thousand times classic. "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" is part of the soundtrack of my daily life.

My name is Kenny (My name is Kenny), Thursday, 3 October 2002 18:34 (nineteen years ago) link

2 words: Pale Shelter


the hurting is CLASSIC

geeg, Thursday, 3 October 2002 18:35 (nineteen years ago) link

I was going to say complete Dud, but yeah, "Pale Shelter" is actually pretty good.

Sean (Sean), Thursday, 3 October 2002 18:52 (nineteen years ago) link

SEARCH: THE HURTING

DESTROY: Everything after SONGS FROM THE BIG CHAIR

Not sure about that 'last New Wave' bad claim.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Thursday, 3 October 2002 19:19 (nineteen years ago) link

classic!!!!
Search: Thier videos. The best video ever made is thier video for Change (the second is David Bowie's Blue Jean)

A Nairn (moretap), Thursday, 3 October 2002 19:43 (nineteen years ago) link

Classic, but I only have the first three albums, so I'm not sure how bad they flamed out in the 1990s.

Vic Funk, Thursday, 3 October 2002 20:48 (nineteen years ago) link

A couple of songs off Elemental are good, but there's a lot of garbage as well. I will defend "Laid So Low" though - it's got the nice vibe of some of the SFTBC stuff but moves faster. Overall, they've certainly had enough high points that I can call them classic.

Vinnie (vprabhu), Thursday, 3 October 2002 20:56 (nineteen years ago) link

They make me long for a time when genuinely weird (or at least more idiosyncratic and ambiguous) songs could easily be seen as having a wide market appeal, and fell into a larger context of pop history.
Shakey is totally OTM. But I never really listened to much after Songs From The Big Chair. Curt Smith was a stong force in the group, it seemed to go slowly downhill after he left.

brg30 (brg30), Thursday, 3 October 2002 21:04 (nineteen years ago) link

after my 13th birthday (1985) i was going to buy my first LP. i went to the local musicstore with a friend, and after a while i held songs from the big chair in my hand and a copy of (whywhywhy) rhythm of the night by debarge...
my friend said: you're going to buy the tears for fears album, i know it. and just to make a point of making my own decision i chose the other one... fool...

willem (willem), Thursday, 3 October 2002 21:39 (nineteen years ago) link

Pale shelter. Yes!

Woman in Chains. No!

Kim (Kim), Friday, 4 October 2002 09:09 (nineteen years ago) link

A friend of mine has a compilation of Tears For Fears extended mixes and when he played it in the care it sounded utterly brilliant - like ZTT meets Ultramarine.

Tim Finney (Tim Finney), Friday, 4 October 2002 12:20 (nineteen years ago) link

I mostly can't stand this kind of 80's stuff with wimpy sounding vocals. And I am a "sensitive," not entirely stereotypical, (i.e., wimpy) guy. I heard some Tears for Fears recently after not having heard them for a while and I found myself wondering why I ever had any doubts about them being bad.

Rockist Scientist, Friday, 4 October 2002 12:24 (nineteen years ago) link

I've always thought they were a bit meh, but then I watched Donnie Darko and IT ALL MADE SENSE! Now I think they're classic.

Nicole (Nicole), Friday, 4 October 2002 12:34 (nineteen years ago) link

The Urban Mix (Long Edit) of "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" highlights the quintessential pain of the 80s remix in the best possible manner outside of the extended mix of the Bangles' "Hazy Shade Of Winter".

Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Friday, 4 October 2002 13:13 (nineteen years ago) link

Yeah, Donnie Darko was my epiphany (& SEARCHSEARCHSEARCH the Gary Jules cover of "Mad World"!!!) - I only know "Shout" & "Everybody Wants To Rule The World", but if I get back to Dunedin in the next few months there's a really cheap copy of Tears Roll Down that shouldn't be going anywhere.

Ess Kay (esskay), Friday, 4 October 2002 13:25 (nineteen years ago) link

Had that Millennium Edition compilation in my hand the other day for $8 or something, but it doesn't have "Mad World" on it! Nuts to that.

scott pl. (scott pl.), Friday, 4 October 2002 15:11 (nineteen years ago) link

four months pass...
Dan did you decide you still hate "Woman In Chains"? I do hope so.

I just bought a v.cheap compilation in Fopp - they weren't very good is my expert opinion. "Pale Shelter" is pretty smart though. Spandau Ballet did it all with much more panache.

Tom (Groke), Tuesday, 18 February 2003 15:44 (eighteen years ago) link

Ack! Spandau Ballet?

My wife was *B L A S T I N G* Spandau Ballet all day yesterday (courtesy of the GOLD best-of,.....god help us).

TFF-wise again, yes...."Woman in Chains" is gawdawful. But there's simply no arguing with "Change," "Pale Shelter" and "Mad World." Hell, I still love "Shout" and "Head over Heels" as well.

Spandau Ballet, though? There is a special circle in Hell reserved for me where that is all they play.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Tuesday, 18 February 2003 16:13 (eighteen years ago) link

TFF were the first band I ever saw, around the time "The hurting" came out. I was 14, so it seemed like a life-changing experience even though I was aware even then that they were going through the motions to some extent. I do like quite a lot of the first two LPs.

I don't really see what Spandau Ballet have got to do with it, Tom.

Tag, Tuesday, 18 February 2003 16:15 (eighteen years ago) link

can't we show more love for 'Sowing The Seeds Of Love'?

stevem (blueski), Tuesday, 18 February 2003 16:17 (eighteen years ago) link

Both TFF and SB started off doing brittle dark synthesised pop and then got more and more soulful as their careers went on.

Tom (Groke), Tuesday, 18 February 2003 16:19 (eighteen years ago) link

And they both had vocalists who were perhaps a bit too prone to giving it some welly.

Tom (Groke), Tuesday, 18 February 2003 16:20 (eighteen years ago) link

There is nothing wrong with "Woman in Chains" if you think of it in the correct way: as a house track with no beats. That way, you get to admire the stately buildup, the development of the first and second movements, and then the eruption of that "And I feel" followed/mirrored by the "So Free Her" after-chorus. But if you have to have beats in your house music, then god help ya sons and daughters. And you have to love the sentiment of the song if not the way it's executed...UNLIKE anything Spandau Ballet ever "did."

And "Sowing the Seeds" is quite perfect, for what it is, which is the best Beatles homage that XTC was too anal to ever truly accomplish. Partridge actually did a fair amount of mentoring for Roland and Curt--I bet he was pissed off when they outdid him on this one.

My crackpot theory: Tears for Fears was not a very original band at all, but every time they took on a challenge they met it. I am at work now so I can't spend time defending this theory. Maybe I'll start a blog or something.

My son's favorite song these days is "Everybody Wants to Rule the World," which he was singing while sitting on the toilet this morning. (He's four, so it's still cute.) At least he wasn't singing his second fave: "Shout, shout, let it all out..."

Neudonymz, Tuesday, 18 February 2003 16:23 (eighteen years ago) link

"can't we show more love for 'Sowing The Seeds Of Love'?"

Always thought it sounded too much like Elton John slaughtering "I Am the Walrus."

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Tuesday, 18 February 2003 16:26 (eighteen years ago) link

I must say I'd never really thought of SB and TFF coming from the same place at all - SB were always a bunch of new romantic poseurs, TFF started out as an (overly) earnest John Peel band.

Tag, Tuesday, 18 February 2003 16:29 (eighteen years ago) link

Agreed. TFF had too much stylized angst....all that primal scream therapy business, let's remember. Spandau Ballet were, by contrast, a bunch of martini swiggin' party boys with exceptionally dubious fashion sense.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Tuesday, 18 February 2003 16:31 (eighteen years ago) link

"Too much stylized angst"? There's no such thing!

Neudonym, Tuesday, 18 February 2003 16:32 (eighteen years ago) link

Well, SB started out as an overly earnest The Face band. My perspective is as a 7/8 year old who linked them when they were in the charts and a late-20something who links them now on purchase of cheapo G Hits albums.

Early SB is full of angst!

Tom (Groke), Tuesday, 18 February 2003 16:33 (eighteen years ago) link

"To Cut a Long Story Short" sure isn't happy fun time stuff. (I was listening to Gold for a bit yesterday myself...)

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 18 February 2003 16:34 (eighteen years ago) link

What'd y'all think of that "Mad World" cover at the end of Donnie Darko? Who is that artist?

Mark (MarkR), Tuesday, 18 February 2003 16:35 (eighteen years ago) link

Early SB is that "let's spend our honeymoon in East Berlin" angst. Early TFF had their psychotherapy schtick. Equally pretentious, of course, but in different ways. SB's was more of a club thing, a fashion thing.

Tag, Tuesday, 18 February 2003 16:48 (eighteen years ago) link

The thing is that to me, explanations of origins aside, it still sounds and (nebulosity alert) 'feels' quite similar. I think the soul-trajectory thing is quite similar too.

Tom (Groke), Tuesday, 18 February 2003 16:50 (eighteen years ago) link

I agree with Tag.

Jerry the Nipper (Jerrynipper), Tuesday, 18 February 2003 16:53 (eighteen years ago) link

Sowing ther Seeds of Love was a wondrous record, absolutely faultless.
In fact, the whole Seeds of Love album, bar the cripplingly bad artwork, was a masterpiece. I can't believe people are pulling apart Woman in Chains?! Year of the Knife is great, too.
The Hurting was a perfect pop album... Change and Mad World - lovely.
Songs from the Big Chair wasa bit too commercial, I thought ~(and had another shockingly awful sleeve)... but there's no doubting the power of the songwriting.

Great news is that Roland and Curt are now back together recording a new Tears for Fears album. And about time, too.

russ t, Tuesday, 18 February 2003 16:59 (eighteen years ago) link

Every song by Radio 4 sounds like a punk cover of a different Tears for Fears song. FWIW.

Tracer Hand (tracerhand), Tuesday, 18 February 2003 17:01 (eighteen years ago) link

My download of "Woman In Chains" never completed. I think this was a sign.

Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Tuesday, 18 February 2003 19:01 (eighteen years ago) link

I guess TFF did Ford Mondeo soul and SP did wine bar soul - both equally ersatz. But TFF did at least have a nice line of three or four fine pop singles before they discovered "production values" and Roland Orzabal's hideous self-importance - Suffer the children, Pale Shelter, Mad World and Change. "Everybody wants to rule the world" stands up well too. I imagine Robert Elms liked Spandau.

Tag, Tuesday, 18 February 2003 19:06 (eighteen years ago) link

Yes - SB were always aspirational Norf Lahndan soulboy geezers - even when they were wearing kilts. It's just that at the beginning there was a lot more Bowie to their soul (the name could be the title of an instrumental on 'Low'), and by the end there was a lot more Capital Radio. I think the initial Blitz kid pose was very opportunistic on the part of Kemp, M, Steve Dagger and Robert Elms (incidentally, search for great footage of Elms reading out one of his pomes before SB played their gig at the Scala). The career of the Spands is essentially the trajectory of the (Steve Norman) wedge haircut - from signifying mid-70s icy, moderne sophistication to representing Essex casual Farah's and loafers style.


TfF, on the other hand started out as repressed middle-class Montessori school weirdos - ten years earlier they woulda been into Genesis... the first two lps really define 80s progpop (see also Blancmange, Kershaw, Jones). They got into "soul" in the same way someone like Peter Gabriel did - as though they at last had found their "true voice" and got a bit less uptight, but more pompous (and less fun).

Jerry the Nipper (Jerrynipper), Tuesday, 18 February 2003 19:27 (eighteen years ago) link

Classic. Their songs have ended two great movies on the perfect note... the aforementioned "Mad World" in Donnie Darko (which also has a great "Head Over Heels" sequence) and "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" in Real Genius.

fortunate hazel (f. hazel), Tuesday, 18 February 2003 19:49 (eighteen years ago) link

Spandau's "Musclebound" is one of the weirdest records of the record: it makes me think of *Oswald Mosley*, for God's sake. I still think Paul Morley nailed them right back in '81, though (he set them up as a sort of new Suzi Quatro up against the Associates' Bowie, if memory serves).

I had a wonderful emotional experience with an unintentional soundtrack of "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" late last year, which makes it hard for me to discuss the song objectively. I've always thought it was TFF's best moment.

robin carmody (robin carmody), Wednesday, 19 February 2003 01:16 (eighteen years ago) link

God, what am I writing? "weirdest records of the decade", of course.

robin carmody (robin carmody), Wednesday, 19 February 2003 01:17 (eighteen years ago) link

classic. Though there's enough weak stuff on the greatest hits album that I don't feel like digging any deeper than there.

I do sooo love "Head Over Heels," "Shout," "Everybody Wants To..."

"Sowing The Seeds Of Love" rocked my world as much as any other cassingle. My mom wouldn't let me by the album cuz she looked at the song listing and noticed "Woman In Chains" "Bad Man's Song" and the songs about Knives and assumed they were metal or something, or at least violent and mysoginist.

They were pompous assholes though. I never liked "Change" but after I saw the video on VH1 Classic I turned around. Orzabal looked so cute dancing around with those kabuki people.

Relatively smart new wavers=classic, definitely

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Wednesday, 19 February 2003 01:47 (eighteen years ago) link

Phhhhff......!!!!!! Jerry - Blancmange.... PROGPOP?

Oh please......labels labels labels. Boring boring boring.

Blancmange were a brilliant, witty, much underrated band who should've been a whole lot bigger than they ever were.

Progpop? I smile as I type it, even......

russ t, Wednesday, 19 February 2003 12:20 (eighteen years ago) link

isn't Elemental a solo album for all intents and purposes?

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 11 October 2017 21:15 (four years ago) link

I suppose it is. His proper solo album, "Tomcats Screaming Outside", has its charms as an example of "artist tries different style and fails in an enjoyable way".

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 11 October 2017 21:21 (four years ago) link

Yeah, Orzabal's work under his own name was different to the TFF stuff.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Wednesday, 11 October 2017 21:45 (four years ago) link

^ that album's great. first CD I ever bought :)

First album I ever bought too (tho cassette)! Over the years, I went from really liking it, to hating it, to liking it again

Vinnie, Thursday, 12 October 2017 01:05 (four years ago) link

i heard curt smith's second solo album. it had one good song on it. any good songs on either of his other two?

bob lefse (rushomancy), Thursday, 12 October 2017 01:07 (four years ago) link

Had them, sold them. So - no.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 12 October 2017 01:45 (four years ago) link

Yeah, I'm not a fan of Smith's solo stuff either, even though I've always preferred his voice to Orzabal's.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Thursday, 12 October 2017 17:19 (four years ago) link

two weeks pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dihNZjhWCIE

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 26 October 2017 19:35 (four years ago) link

six months pass...

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5k293MR--EE

add surface noise (Ross), Friday, 25 May 2018 17:58 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

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Police, Academy (cryptosicko), Sunday, 1 July 2018 17:27 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

Elemental is a jam tbh, if some consider it their worst i should check out their subsequent releases i guess. it's a pretty good listen the whole way thru imo. Break it Down Again, love it!

altho:

"No sleep for dreaming" say the architects of life
Big bouncing babies, bread and butter - can I have a slice?

ok

omar little, Wednesday, 20 November 2019 22:09 (one year ago) link

Hated them at the time as a kid, hate them now.

I always think of 1982 as the big fabulous party of New Pop, with ABC and the Associates and Adam & The Ants and Soft Cell and Madness and Haircut 100 and a pre-shitness Simple Minds et al . . . and then 1983 was its horrible stinking hangover with the likes of this lot, Howard Jones, Thompson Twins, Nik Kershaw, Kajagoogoo and all that drivel.

does it look like i'm here (jon123), Wednesday, 20 November 2019 22:58 (one year ago) link

Elemental is a really good record. It's their fourth best after the first big three.

akm, Wednesday, 20 November 2019 23:04 (one year ago) link

jon123's 0-2 in the last hour :)

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 20 November 2019 23:10 (one year ago) link

I'll soldier on . . .

does it look like i'm here (jon123), Wednesday, 20 November 2019 23:10 (one year ago) link

Don't know Kajagoogoo's catalog at all but I like the other 1983 artists you mentioned. They share a love of atmosphere and mood that I associate strongly with the 80s

Elemental is their 4th best record but it's still a bit patchy. First three tracks are great, but I don't need to think about "Dog's a Best Friend's Dog" again. It's certainly better than Raoul though, which is a shockingly bland album. 2004 album is similar to Elemental in having strong peaks, but the other tracks are even worse. That said, I am still waiting patiently for a new TFF album - I liked the single they released a few years ago

Vinnie, Thursday, 21 November 2019 00:26 (one year ago) link

Was Things Can Only Get Better a big hit in the US for Howard Jones? Think it's cropped up in a about 3 or 4 US shows recently

groovypanda, Thursday, 21 November 2019 07:42 (one year ago) link

Yes. Out of the handful he had, "Things" was easily his biggest hit here. Probably the only HoJo song you're likely to hear in the states these days.

Maybe "No One is to Blame" came close?

gregorianpants, Thursday, 21 November 2019 07:50 (one year ago) link

It was a hit here but I think "What Is Love?" is the one most people would remember.

groovypanda, Thursday, 21 November 2019 08:02 (one year ago) link

I think "What is Love" was a big video on MTV in that early era, but didn't see the same success in terms of nationwide mainstream radio play/sales of the single itself.
It definitely was enough to break him into the US market in the first place though and probably his second most recognizable to most people.

"No One is to Blame" was big at the time (thanks in no small part to Phil Collins' touch giving it a nice "adult contemporary" sheen) but probably more for the 30+ crowd than the youth - I don't think it's aged very well.

gregorianpants, Thursday, 21 November 2019 08:32 (one year ago) link

"New Song" is also a very underrated, mostly forgotten single these days...

gregorianpants, Thursday, 21 November 2019 08:34 (one year ago) link

And back to TFF really quick, but am I the only one who's never really gotten the love for "Sowing the Seeds of Love" (the song, that is). The video was cool and all and I get the whole Beatles homage thing, but for the lead single to the followup to "Big Chair" it always struck me as somewhat... lacking. I absolutely love the verse melody, but the chorus starts to grate by the third go-around... and it's long for a pop single. Never understood why it was as big as it was at the time.

gregorianpants, Thursday, 21 November 2019 08:39 (one year ago) link

There's such an overbearing slickness with this band's sound. Everything is perfect to the point of deadness, like Jude Law's face in the movie AI.

Sam Weller, Thursday, 21 November 2019 09:41 (one year ago) link

I think the fact that TFF invariably came across as po-faced gimps in their interviews (especially Orzabal) didn't help.

Smash Hits used to rip the piss out of them all the time, and they really really didn't like it.

does it look like i'm here (jon123), Thursday, 21 November 2019 11:12 (one year ago) link

"No One is to Blame" is HoJo's biggest American hit: #4.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 21 November 2019 11:40 (one year ago) link

Don't know Kajagoogoo's catalog at all but I like the other 1983 artists you mentioned. They share a love of atmosphere and mood that I associate strongly with the 80s

Imho each of them managed one decent song before falling into abeyance.

HJ - What Is Love
Thompson Twins - Hold Me Now
Nik K - Wouldn't It Be Good
Kajagoogoo - Too Shy (which is not even a decent song, more a terrific intro and verse before one of the lamest choruses of the decade)

does it look like i'm here (jon123), Thursday, 21 November 2019 11:46 (one year ago) link

hush hush!

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 21 November 2019 11:53 (one year ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgHAMvkSAqY

Maresn3st, Thursday, 21 November 2019 12:03 (one year ago) link

There's such an overbearing slickness with this band's sound. Everything is perfect to the point of deadness, like Jude Law's face in the movie AI.

I don't think this accurately describes The Hurting at all

brigadier pudding (DJP), Thursday, 21 November 2019 16:08 (one year ago) link

and the band was often gawky and crass in the best sense later

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 21 November 2019 16:10 (one year ago) link

it's also not an accurate description of jude law's face in the movie ai

american bradass (BradNelson), Thursday, 21 November 2019 16:11 (one year ago) link

Jude Law in AI is like a mini-horror movie

brigadier pudding (DJP), Thursday, 21 November 2019 16:14 (one year ago) link

ai IS a horror movie

american bradass (BradNelson), Thursday, 21 November 2019 16:17 (one year ago) link

lmao at that video

Οὖτις, Thursday, 21 November 2019 16:23 (one year ago) link

four months pass...

It’s my own design

calstars, Friday, 10 April 2020 23:13 (one year ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEpfvTdR5-U

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 11 April 2020 00:00 (one year ago) link

five months pass...

When Pale Shelter (long version) turns up on Spotify shuffle when you’re out your morning run/trundle. What a band

the article don, Thursday, 1 October 2020 09:33 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUp-ujO979U

pretty good comeback single

ufo, Thursday, 7 October 2021 21:23 (two weeks ago) link

Roland's been living in a shack in the woods?

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 8 October 2021 01:58 (two weeks ago) link

New album in February

1 No Small Thing
2 The Tipping Point
3 Long, Long, Long Time
4 Break the Man
5 My Demons
6 Rivers of Mercy
7 Please Be Happy
8 Master Plan
9 End of Night
10 Stay
11 Let It All Evolve [deluxe edition]
12 Secret Location [deluxe edition]
13 Shame (Cry Heaven) [deluxe edition]

groovypanda, Friday, 8 October 2021 09:18 (two weeks ago) link

cringe headline but good interview: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2021/oct/08/tears-for-fears-reunion-interview

ledge, Friday, 8 October 2021 09:26 (two weeks ago) link

Really impressed by the single. Looking forward to this (in February!)

raven, Friday, 8 October 2021 09:50 (two weeks ago) link

Deluxe edition only available via Super Deluxe Edition shop.

The standard 10-track version of The Tipping Point is available on CD, black vinyl LP and limited indie green vinyl (now sold out via the SDE shop). The retail deluxe CD features one bonus song, the Target (USA) and Japanese editions will have two bonus songs but only the SDE deluxe CD offers all three bonus songs on one physical package! Viva la CD!

Additionally, the SDE deluxe CD offers enhanced packaging (8-panel digi-sleeve) and a 32-page booklet (the standard has 24 pages) which exclusively features a new interview with Roland and Curt by SDE editor Paul Sinclair.

Be aware that the SDE deluxe CD is a limited edition. There are just 2,000 units available for the UK and the Rest of the World and this is a one-time pressing. Once they are gone, that’s it!

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Friday, 8 October 2021 12:50 (two weeks ago) link

Well, crap. Should have scrolled farther down. Sold out already.

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Friday, 8 October 2021 12:51 (two weeks ago) link

oh a bunch of different limited editions with different track listings, what a good strategy to instantly kill my interest in buying the new album

Jaime Pressly and America (f. hazel), Friday, 8 October 2021 13:58 (two weeks ago) link

"enhanced packaging"

Kim Kimberly, Friday, 8 October 2021 15:30 (two weeks ago) link

it's like new order and tears for fears are converging on the same sound

Jaime Pressly and America (f. hazel), Friday, 8 October 2021 15:32 (two weeks ago) link

“Sowing” sucks but “head” fucking rules. “Everybody” good too

calstars, Friday, 15 October 2021 23:42 (one week ago) link

That 10" of covers they did is pretty darn good. I've played that thing a bunch of times. The video linked above does sound a fair bit like current New Order, but the drumming isn't nearly as interesting. Kind of looking forward to the album now.

brotherlovesdub, Saturday, 16 October 2021 01:45 (one week ago) link

yeah that run of covers was excellent

ufo, Saturday, 16 October 2021 01:50 (one week ago) link


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