Tears For Fears are an English new wave band formed in 1981 by Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith. Founded after the dissolution of their first band, the mod-influenced Graduate, they were initially associated with the new wave synthesizer bands of the early 1980s but later branched out into mainstream rock and pop, which led to international chart success. They were part of the MTV-driven Second British Invasion of the US.
Their platinum-selling debut album, The Hurting, reached number one on the UK Albums Chart, while their second album, Songs from the Big Chair, reached number one on the US Billboard 200, achieving multi-platinum status in both the UK and the US. Their second album contained two Billboard Hot 100 number ones: "Shout" and "Everybody Wants to Rule the World"', the latter winning the Brit Award for Best British Single in 1986.
Smith and Orzabal parted company in 1991, after the release of their third platinum-selling album The Seeds of Love (1989), though Orzabal retained the Tears for Fears name throughout the remainder of the 1990s. The duo re-formed in 2000 and released an album of new material, Everybody Loves a Happy Ending, in 2004. Since 2013, the duo have been working on their seventh album. To date, Tears for Fears have sold over 30 million albums worldwide, including more than 8 million in the US.
Links To Peel
Peel got hold of the band's first single, Suffer The Children, in 1981 and compared them to Joy Division. After the band became big, Peel rarely played any of their tracks although he did repeat their session as late as 1985 when the group were enjoying their seventh hit with 'Everybody Wants to Rule the World' and their album Songs From the Big Chair was in the top 10 of the album charts.
Festive Fifty Entries
- 1982 Festive Fifty: Mad World #05
- Ideas As Opiates / The Hurting / Suffer The Children / The Prisoner
Other Shows Played
- 21 October 1981: Suffer The Children (7") Mercury
- Karl's Tape Early July 1982: Suffer The Children / Pale Shelter (You Don't Give Me Love)
- 31 August 1982: Mad World (7") Mercury
- 20 September 1982: Mad World (7") Mercury
- 22 September 1982 (BFBS): Mad World (7") Mercury
- 30 December 1982: Mad World (7") Mercury FF #05 (JP: 'A superb record, that.')
- Peel F50 1982: Mad World (7") Mercury FF #05
- 24 January 1983: Change (7") Mercury
Top Of The Pops
- 14 October 1982 (TOTP): (JP: "Very pleased to see this next act on TOTP ‘cos Kid Jensen and Peter Powell and myself have been playing their records for years. They’re excellent. Making their debut on the programme... Tears for Fears!") Mad World (#38)
- 18 November 1982 (TOTP): (JP: And up next, the wonderful Tears For Fears') Mad World (#03) (JP: "That’s Tears For Fears, and I really wanted that to get to No.1. Mind you, it still could. One of the singles of the year anyway.)
- 03 February 1983 (TOTP): Change (#19)
- 28 April 1983 (TOTP): Pale Shelter (#22)
- 22 December 1983 (TOTP): The Way You Are (#29)
- 03 January 1985 (TOTP): (JP: “We’ve done No.10, we’ve done No.9, now we move inexorably up to No.8") Shout (#08)
- 11 April 1985 (TOTP): Everybody Wants To Rule The World (#03)
- 25 December 1985 (TOTP): Everybody Wants To Rule The World (video clip)
- 29 May 1986 (TOTP): Everybody Wants To Run The World (#13)