Tears for Fears









Tears for Fears

Tears for Fears

was sometimes known as TFF. They are a popular English pop band which was formed in the early 1980's. The band was formed by Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith after they left the group called, Graduate. The group has been associated with New Wave style music with the synthesizers. They have sold more than 22 million albums worldwide with over 8 million in the U. S. Alone. Orzabal and Smith first met as teenagers in their hometown of Bath, England and their first gig was with the band called Graduate. Graduate released an album in 1980, called, Acting My Age. They also released a single called, Elvis Should Play SKA. The song almost reached the Top 100 in the U. K., and it did much better in Spain and the Netherlands. The group was influenced by Talking heads, Brian Eno, and Peter Gabriel. They then left the Graduate and formed the band called, History of Headaches, then changed it to Tears For fears.

The band was signed with U. K. Phonogram Records label, in 1981. Their first single, as Tears For fears, also released in 1981 was, Suffer the Children. The single was followed up by, Pale Shelter, in 1982. The band released their third single called, Mad World, in 1982, and the song reached the Top 3 in the U. K..In 1983, they released their first album called, The Hurting. The album was a huge success and ran for 65 weeks on the charts and hit number one, in the U. K.. From the album came the international hit singles, Mad World, which hit number the Top 5 in Africa, Change, was a Top 30 hit in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Italy, and South Africa. They also had a re-released version of Pale Shelter. All of the songs were in the Top five in the U. K..

Later in 1983 the record company released a more abstract single called, The Way You Are, so the public would still hear the band while they were working on their next album. The single was a Top 30 hit in the U. K. But was not as successful as the previous three singles. The group went on a national concert tour the same year to promote their music. The group began to change their style of music in their next single releases, Motherís Talk (released in 1984 and a Top 20 hit), and Shout, which was their real beginning of their new style. They finally released their second album called, Songs From the Big Chair, which was released in 1985. The album went to the number 2 spot on the U. K. Album Chart and remained in the upper 3spots for 12 months.

The band recorded until they had a falling out and did not talk to each other again until 2000. In 2007, they went on a mini tour. The band released 7 albums total, and many singles.