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Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by tintag27, Jul 7, 2020.
The perfect pop song (and a nice cameo from an Austin Healey 3000)
The most underrated band of the era, by a wide margin.
Great writing and production. Always tasteful and creative. And Roland Orzabal has one of the coolest voices around.
There's a good interview or doc with them about the song. It was the last one recorded for the album..they weren't even going to bother with it but the chords and shuffle beat ignited something ...they started recording layers and arranging it as they went...Wikipedia tells the story
A week or so before the video was released my dad and I had been out to the area much of the video was filmed, near Palm Springs. We rented some 3-wheelers, and went to an area called Whitewater. When I saw the video, the part with the motorcycle/atv riders looked similar to where we went. That, and all the other landmarks made it clear it was close by. That seemed like a big deal to me as a 13-14(?) year old. I told my friends, and they didn't seem to care. Much like no one here is going to care. And why should you?
I know this song very well. I was in high school and thought that if a tune didn't have distortion guitar all over it then it was junk. I secretly admired not just this song but pretty much everything Tears For Fears ever put out. But I never came out back then and admitted it. Ahhh, youth. Now? I listen to Tears For Fears Greatest Hits pretty much every other day if not every day. Listened to it yesterday evening while grilling some chicken. They created some timeless masterpieces in my opinion.
Love it! Songs from the Big Chair is one of my favorite pop albums from the 80s and I feel that it has aged incredibly well. There's not an ounce of filler on it. I saw Tears for Fears on their tour to support this album and they were fantastic live as well.
The Hurting is a fantastic record. High concept, beautifully produced, captures the early 80s nicely.
Agree that they are a highly underrated band with some great songwriting. I'm a big fan. The stuff they put out after Songs From The Big Chair (which I agree is an excellent body of work), including the work Roland did on his own while retaining the name, is VERY different from the poppy synth stuff of their early MTV days. I think a lot of people associate them with that Mad World song, and I didn’t care much for that era.
They’re still out there touring (or were...) and there have been rumblings of a new album. It does seem like they’ve lost the creative drive though, and they’ve been cashing in on the nostalgia.
You’re either gonna like this or you’re not gonna like it, but if you like it I think you’re really gonna like it:
Wow! Thanks for posting that. I love that they let Oleta Adams own that performance instead of trying to make it a duet or something.
Just such a great song. Deceptively difficult guitar parts and solos, too. It was not the type of song I would typically try to learn on guitar, so I never really focused on them. A buddy of mine recently wanted to try it, and I took the bass. Man, I had it way easy compared to him.
Dang I was beat to Big Chair and I Believe. Loved that album to pieces, still have the cassette and vinyl.
I'll just post one and done.
I saw this tour and they opened with this. Talk about goosebumps!
Always liked them
Check out this cover (one fo a few on YT):
Always liked T4F. Loved the textures and layers they employed. And the vocals...
My band's take on Everybody Wants To Rule The World (I'm the lead guitarist), an amateur video shot by my wife at a gig in late 2017.
Raoul and the Kings of Spain is their most remarkable album. GREAT guitar work, songwriting and production.
Songs from the Big Chair is one the '80s albums. I still play it all the time on headphones while working out at the gym. The songwriting and production are just perfect.
I always liked this....