Tag: Tears for Fears

Tuesday 6/14/22 11pm ET: Feature LP: Tears For Fears – The Tipping Point (2022)

The Tipping Point is the seventh studio album by English pop rock band Tears for Fears, released on February 25, 2022 through Concord Records. It is the band’s first studio album since Everybody Loves a Happy Ending, released nearly eighteen years prior. Tracks on the album include “The Tipping Point”, which was released with a music video in October 2021, as well as “My Demons”, “Please Be Happy”, and “Stay”. “Stay” was previously released on the group’s 2017 compilation Rule the World.

The creation of the album proved difficult for band members Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith, the latter of whom walked away from the project mid-way through recording. Smith told his bandmate, “Look, if this is what you want to do, then you go ahead and do it, but it’s not for me.” However, they later reconvened and “plotted a path forward of how we could finish an album that we were both happy with”. Some lyrics were inspired by the death of Orzabal’s wife in 2017.

  1. “No Small Thing” 4:42
  2. “The Tipping Point” 4:14
  3. “Long, Long, Long Time” 4:32
  4. “Break the Man” 3:56
  5. “Break the Man” (Radio Edit)
  6. “My Demons” 3:08
  7. “Rivers of Mercy” 6:09
  8. “Please Be Happy” 3:06
  9. “Master Plan” 4:37
  10. “End of Night” 3:24
  11. “Stay” 4:37

Roland Orzabal – vocals, guitars, keyboards, programming, mixing (5, 9)
Curt Smith – vocals, bass guitars, keyboards, mixing (5, 9), bass
Charlton Pettus – guitars, keyboards, programming, mixing (1, 3, 4, 6-8, 10, 11)
Sacha Skarbek – piano (7), vocal production (3)
Florian Reutter – programming, vocal production (3)
Doug Petty – accordion, Hammond organ (1); piano (6), string arrangement (7)
Carina Round – background vocals (1, 3, 5, 6)
Aaron Sterling – drums (1, 4, 6)
Jamie Wollam – drums (1)
Max von Ameln – guitar (5)
Jason Joseph – vocal arrangement, choir (6)
Charles Jones – choir (6)
Jessi Collins – choir (6)
Lauren Evans – choir (6)

Wednesday 5/11/22 10pm ET: Feature LP: Tears For Fears – Rule The World: The Greatest Hits (2017)

Rule the World: The Greatest Hits is a greatest hits album by English pop/rock band Tears for Fears, released November 10, 2017 by Virgin EMI Records. The compilation is an updated version of 1992’s Tears Roll Down (Greatest Hits 82–92), including almost every track from that album (with the sole exception of “Laid So Low (Tears Roll Down)”).

  1. “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” 4:12
  2. “Shout (7″ edit)” 4:45
  3. “I Love You but I’m Lost” 4:21
  4. “Mad World” 3:33
  5. “Sowing the Seeds of Love” 6:16
  6. “Advice for the Young at Heart” 4:51
  7. “Head over Heels” 4:14
  8. “Woman in Chains” 6:30
  9. “Change” (Single Version)” 3:56
  10. “Stay” 4:29
  11. “Pale Shelter” (2nd Single Version)” 4:35
  12. “Mothers Talk” (U.S. Remix)” 4:12
  13. “Break It Down Again” 4:31
  14. “I Believe” 4:54

Monday 3/28/22 9am ET: Feature LP: Tears For Fears – Songs from the Big Chair (1985)

Songs from the Big Chair is the second studio album by English pop rock band Tears for Fears, released on February 25, 1985 by Phonogram Records. The album peaked at number two in the UK and at number one in the US and Canada, becoming a multi-platinum seller in all three countries. It also reached number one in Germany and the Netherlands and Top 10 positions in various other countries including Australia, Switzerland, New Zealand and Italy. It spawned the international hit singles “Mothers Talk”, “Shout”, “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”, “Head over Heels”, and “I Believe”. It remains their best-selling album to date.

A companion video documentary entitled Scenes from the Big Chair was released in late 1985. Once the band had finished a lengthy touring and promotion schedule for the album, they took an extended hiatus from the music industry.

1. “Shout” 6:31
2. “The Working Hour” 6:29
3. “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” 4:09
4. “Mothers Talk” 5:04
5. “I Believe” 4:54
6. “Broken” 2:38
7. “Head over Heels” 5:02
8. “Listen” 6:54

Friday 2/25/22 8pm ET: Feature LP: Tears For Fears – The Tipping Point (2022)

The Tipping Point is the seventh studio album by English pop rock band Tears for Fears, released on February 25, 2022 through Concord Records. It is the band’s first studio album since Everybody Loves a Happy Ending, released nearly eighteen years prior. Tracks on the album include “The Tipping Point”, which was released with a music video in October 2021, as well as “My Demons”, “Please Be Happy”, and “Stay”. “Stay” was previously released on the group’s 2017 compilation Rule the World.

The creation of the album proved difficult for band members Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith, the latter of whom walked away from the project mid-way through recording. Smith told his bandmate, “Look, if this is what you want to do, then you go ahead and do it, but it’s not for me.” However, they later reconvened and “plotted a path forward of how we could finish an album that we were both happy with”. Some lyrics were inspired by the death of Orzabal’s wife in 2017.

  1. “No Small Thing” 4:42
  2. “The Tipping Point” 4:14
  3. “Long, Long, Long Time” 4:32
  4. “Break the Man” 3:56
  5. “Break the Man” (Radio Edit)
  6. “My Demons” 3:08
  7. “Rivers of Mercy” 6:09
  8. “Please Be Happy” 3:06
  9. “Master Plan” 4:37
  10. “End of Night” 3:24
  11. “Stay” 4:37

Thursday 8/19/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Tears For Fears – The Hurting (1983)

The Hurting is the debut studio album by British new wave band Tears for Fears, released on March 7, 1983. The album peaked at No. 1 on the UK Albums Chart in its second week of release, and was certified Gold by the BPI within three weeks of release. It reached Platinum status in January 1985. The album also entered the Top 40 in several other countries including Canada, Germany and Australia.

The Hurting contains Tears for Fears’ first three hit singles – “Mad World”, “Change”, and “Pale Shelter” – all of which reached the top five in the UK and the Top 40 internationally. It also contains a new version of the band’s first single, “Suffer the Children”, which had originally been released in 1981, while the album version of “Pale Shelter” is also a new recording.

  1. “The Hurting” 4:20
  2. “Mad World” 3:35
  3. “Pale Shelter” 4:34
  4. “Ideas as Opiates” 3:46
  5. “Memories Fade” 5:08
  6. “Suffer the Children” 3:53
  7. “Watch Me Bleed” 4:18
  8. “Change” 4:15
  9. “The Prisoner” 2:55
  10. “Start of the Breakdown” 5:00

Roland Orzabal – lead vocals (1, 4-7, 10), backing vocals, guitars, keyboards, rhythm programming
Curt Smith – lead vocals (1, 2, 3, 8, 9), backing vocals, bass, keyboards
Manny Elias – drums, rhythm programming
Ian Stanley – keyboards programming, computer programming

Tuesday 7/13/21 1am ET: Feature LP: Tears For Fears – Rule the World: The Greatest Hits (2017)

Rule the World: The Greatest Hits is a greatest hits album by English pop/rock band Tears for Fears, released in 2017 by Virgin EMI Records. The compilation contains fourteen top 40 singles, taken from each of the band’s first six studio albums, and two new songs: “Stay” and “I Love You but I’m Lost” (co-written by the band with Dan Smith of Bastille). The latter was released as a digital single on October 13, 2017.

The album peaked at No. 12 in the UK, becoming the band’s sixth UK top 20 album, and has been certified Gold by the British Phonographic Industry for combined units and sales in excess of 100,000 copies. A UK and European tour called the Rule the World Live 2018 was scheduled to begin in April 2018, but was postponed to 2019 due to “unforeseen health concerns”.

“Everybody Wants to Rule the World” – 4:12 (from Songs from the Big Chair, 1985)
“Shout” (7″ edit) – 4:45 (from Songs from the Big Chair)
“I Love You but I’m Lost” – 4:21 (previously unreleased)
“Mad World” – 3:33 (from The Hurting, 1983)
“Sowing the Seeds of Love” – 6:16 (from The Seeds of Love, 1989)
“Advice for the Young at Heart” – 4:51 (from The Seeds of Love)
“Head over Heels” – 4:14 (from Songs from the Big Chair)
“Woman in Chains” (Tears for Fears with Oleta Adams) – 6:30 (from The Seeds of Love)
“Change” (Single Version) – 3:56 (from The Hurting)
“Stay” – 4:29 (previously unreleased)
“Pale Shelter” (2nd Single Version) – 4:35 (from The Hurting)
“Mothers Talk” (U.S. Remix) – 4:12 (from Songs from the Big Chair)
“Break It Down Again” – 4:31 (from Elemental, 1993)
“I Believe” – 4:54 (from Songs from the Big Chair)

Wednesday 6/23/21 3pm ET: Sounds of The ’90s

1990-1999 This week we feature music from Red Hot Chili Peppers, MC Hammer, Wallflowers, Martina McBride, Tina Turner, Coolio, Marc Anthony, Eagle Eye Cherry, Will Smith, Jane Child and more 3 – 6pm ET

Wednesday 6/9/21 3pm ET: Sounds of The ’90s

This week we feature music from Alannah Myles, Collective Soul, Sheryl Crow, Cher, Amy Grant, Elton John, Michael Jackson, Tina Turner, UB40, Janet Jackson, Tears For Fears, Roxette and more. . . 3 – 6pm ET

Monday 12/7/2020 11pm ET: Tears For Fears – Songs From Big Chair Extended (1985)

Songs from the Big Chair is the second studio album by English pop rock band Tears for Fears, released on February 25, 1985 by Phonogram Records. The album peaked at number two in the UK and at number one in the US and Canada, becoming a multi-platinum seller in all three countries. It also reached number one in Germany and the Netherlands and Top 10 positions in various other countries including Australia, Switzerland, New Zealand and Italy. It spawned the international hit singles “Mothers Talk”, “Shout”, “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”, “Head over Heels”, and “I Believe”. It remains their best-selling album to date.

A companion video documentary entitled Scenes from the Big Chair was released in late 1985. Once the band had finished a lengthy touring and promotion schedule for the album, they took an extended hiatus from the music industry.

1. “Shout” 6:31
2. “The Working Hour” 6:29
3. “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” 4:09
4. “Mothers Talk” 5:04
5. “I Believe” 4:54
6. “Broken” 2:38
7. “Head over Heels” 5:02
8. “Listen” 6:54
9. “The Big Chair” (“Shout” b-side) 3:20
10. “Empire Building” (“Mothers Talk” b-side) 2:41
11. “The Marauders” (“The Way You Are” b-side) 4:13
12. “Broken Revisited” 5:15
13. “The Conflict” (“Change” b-side from The Hurting) 4:02
14. “The Working Hour” (piano version) 2:08
15. “Pharaohs” (“Everybody Wants to Rule the World” b-side) 3:42
16. “When in Love with a Blind Man” (“Head Over Heels” b-side) 2:22
17. “Sea Song” (“I Believe” (UK) / Mothers Talk (US)” b-side) 3:51

1. “The Way You Are” 4:49
2. “Mothers Talk” (single version) 3:53
3. “Shout” (single version) 5:58
4. “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” (single version) 4:14
5. “Head over Heels” (remix) 4:15
6. “I Believe” (A Soulful Re-Recording) 4:39
7. “Everybody Wants to Run the World” 4:30
8. “The Way You Are” (short version) 4:21
9. “Mothers Talk” (U.S. remix) 4:14
10. “Shout” (U.S. single version) 4:51
11. “Everybody Wants to Run the World” (running version) 4:30
12. “Head over Heels” (radio version) 4:20
13. “Mothers Talk” (video version) 4:37
14. “Shout” (short version) 4:03
15. “Listen” (clean intro) 6:50
16. “Interview with Curt & Roland” 7:35

1. “The Way You Are” (extended version) 7:37
2. “Mothers Talk” (extended version) 6:18
3. “Shout” (extended remix) 7:40
4. “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” 5:40
5. “Broken/Head over Heels/Broken” (Preacher Mix) 8:00
6. “Mothers Talk” (Beat of the Drum Mix) 8:54
7. “Shout” (U.S. remix) 8:02
8. “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” (urban mix) 6:06
9. “Mothers Talk” (U.S. remix alternate) 4:12
10. “Shout” (dub) 6:49
11. “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” (instrumental) 4:21
12. “Shout” (a cappella) 5:02

1. “Head over Heels” (Radio 1, Richard Skinner Session) 4:14
2. “The Working Hour” (Radio 1, Richard Skinner Session) 6:06
3. “Broken” (Radio 1, Richard Skinner Session) 3:19
4. “Mothers Talk” (live at Massey Hall) 4:05
5. “Broken / Head over Heels” (live at Massey Hall) 5:01
6. “Memories Fade” (live at Massey Hall) 6:50
7. “The Working Hour” (live at Massey Hall) 7:31
8. “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” (live at Massey Hall) 4:19
9. “Shout” (live at Massey Hall) 7:50
10. “Mothers Talk” (early mix / instrumental) 4:39
11. “The Way You Are” (early mix) 4:25
12. “Broken” (early mix) 5:38
13. “Shout” (early mix) 5:08
14. “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” (alternate single version) 4:20

Wednesday 9/23/2020 1am ET: Feature LP: Tears For Fears – Sowing The Seeds Love (1989)

The Seeds of Love is the third studio album by the British rock/pop band Tears for Fears, released on September 25, 1989.

The album, which reportedly cost over £1 million (GBP) to produce, retained the band’s epic sound while incorporating influences ranging from jazz and soul to Beatlesque pop, of which the latter is most evident on the hit single “Sowing the Seeds of Love”.

The Seeds of Love was an international success, entering the UK Albums Chart at number one and reaching the top ten in numerous other countries including the US. It has been certified Platinum in several territories including the United Kingdom, the United States, France, Germany, Canada, and the Netherlands. Despite its success, it would be the last album that band members Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith would work on together for over a decade.

1. “Woman in Chains” 6:30
2. “Badman’s Song” 8:32
3. “Sowing the Seeds of Love” 6:19
4. “Advice for the Young at Heart” 4:54
5. “Standing on the Corner of the Third World” 5:30
6. “Swords and Knives” 6:20
7. “Year of the Knife” 6:55
8. “Famous Last Words” 4:31

 

Tuesday 10pm: Feature LP: Tears For Fears – Elemental (1993) @tearsforfears

Elemental is the fourth studio album by British pop band Tears for Fears. It was released on 7 June 1993 and includes the hit single “Break It Down Again”. The album peaked at No. 5 in the UK and No. 45 in the US. It also reached the Top 10 in France and Italy, the Top 20 in Canada and the Top 30 in several European countries. It has been certified Silver in the UK, and Gold in the US and France.

Elemental was the first new Tears for Fears album in four years, following 1989’s The Seeds of Love. However, despite being released under the Tears for Fears moniker, it is essentially a solo effort by Roland Orzabal as Curt Smith had left the band in 1991. For much of the writing and recording, Orzabal was assisted by Alan Griffiths, who had been a session musician for Tears For Fears’ world tour in 1985. The album was recorded at Orzabal’s newly built home studio, Neptune’s Kitchen, and was co-produced by Orzabal, Griffiths and Tim Palmer.

Elemental was the last album that Tears For Fears recorded for the Phonogram/Mercury label, to which the band had been signed since 1981.

Click here for album contents from Wikipedia

Artist Countdown: Tears For Fears 6pm ET @radiomax @tearsforfears

TearsFor FearsTears 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.

Their platinum-selling debut album, The Hurting, reached number one on the UK Album Chart, while their second album, Songs from the Big Chair, reached number one on the U.S. Billboard 200, achieving multi-platinum status in both the UK and the United States. 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.

Following the release of their third platinum-selling album, The Seeds of Love (1989), Smith and Orzabal parted company in 1991, 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. To date, Tears for Fears have sold over 25 million albums worldwide, including more than 8 million in the U.S. (Source: Wikipedia)

1 Shout
2 Everybody Wants to Rule the World
3 Sowing the Seeds of Love
4 Woman in Chains (with Oleta Adams)
5 Head over Heels
6 Change
7 Break It Down Again
8 Advice for the Young at Heart
9 Laid So Low 
10 Mad World
11 Pale Shelter 
12 I Believe (A Soulful Re-Recording)
13 Mothers Talk
14 God’s Mistake
15 Closest Thing to Heaven
16 Everybody Loves a Happy Ending
17 The Way You Are
18 Raoul and the Kings of Spain
19 Goodnight Song
20 Suffer the Children
21 Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams 
22 Cold
23 Famous Last Words
24 Elemental
25 Secrets
26 Call Me Mellow 
27 Secret World 
28 Working Hour
29 Dog’s A Best Friends Dog
30 Swords and Knives