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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Blazer, Feb 24, 2020.
Well worth a watch.
I always wondered why that band didn't take off like I thought they should have.
The epitome of high-tech 80's production/mixing: Sowing the Seeds of Love. (As well as great writing and great singing...)
(edit: by the way, I know that that song is not on this album - which is great - I was just expressing my general high regard for Tears for Fears... which watching this video solidified: they seem like really good people.))
We stopped attending their concerts, when parents started letting their 14 year old kids go there in throngs.
I wish our overly-rushed biannual reunion schedule gave my old '80s band the time we need to rehearse and then perform "Head Over Heels/Broken".
Their first album, if I recall correctly, was all based on Jungian concepts or such things. I don't recall too well, and am too lazy to look it up, but I thought it was a great album. The Hurting, I think the name was (still too lazy to google it now).
Anyway, despite it being somewhat a downer in mood, I thought it was an excellent album. I also like Sowing the Seeds of Love. But once they had hits and, as Boris notes, they gained popularity with the 14 year old girl set, I sort of lost interest in them.
Thanks for sharing. Shout is the ringtone on my phone.
Yeah, that's my sister you are talking about she was 14 when 'The Hurting' first came out in '83. That was a number one pop chart album so her and all her friends were into it and I spent hours with headphones on trying to block out Tears for Fears coming out of her bedroom with my Buzzcocks albums.... So to me they were always a teenage girl band.
I kept buying the LPs, not so often buying the singles. But the brotherhood/sisterhood of listeners we had at first, did fall away as they seemed to gain too much "Taylor Swift" style notoriety. Part of the fun of various bands, was being one of a small number of people, a circle if you will, who bought the first EP or whatever and there was a bond. When children less than half your age are singing the songs in the mall, something changes.
Meanwhile if the 14 year olds never discover your Hidden Treasure band, you can continue enjoying it forever:
Brilliant and underrated band, IMO.
One of my favorite bands of that era and I am forever recommending their 2004 album "Everybody Loves A Happy Ending"- which, unfortunately, is not on streaming services. They REALLY let their XTC/Beatles hair down on this one and my old bandmate Fred Eltringham plays drums on it (he's with Sheryl Crow now). Fred does a dead- on Ringo feel and Curt Smith plays some lovely Hofner bass throughout. If you like "Sowing The Seeds Of Love", this like a whole album of that song.
The standout to me was "Listen." It was very cinematic.
I think I remember them being into Primal Scream therapy. Could be wrong on that.
I loved 'Songs From The big Chair.' When 'The Hurting' came out, I liked the songs but didn't really hear much that set them apart from the other tech-focused bands of the day. Then that next album hit and they were suddenly a full-on band. It was like going from black & white to Technicolor.
Thanks... I AM enjoying it.
They were a great band, who became very popular (in the UK at least) due to a couple of big hit singles. That's always a double-edged sword...
This still sounds class, decades later. Funnily enough I've been listening to it again recently...
I saw their tour with Oleta Adams, which was the one and only time I saw them. Fantastic show but Oleta tore the roof off the place.
Wonderful, isn't she?
Wow. Class indeed.
Great song writing and playing.
Tears for Fears are an awesome band.
This documentary was well worth the time.
I really like the guitar parts Roland created.
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Such an amazing band. I love these guys more the older I get.