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Tears For Fears Artist Bio and Lyrics

Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith met as teenagers in Bath, England and formed a band know as graduate. The soon-to-be members of Tears for Fears would release a single album in 1980 as Graduate which would be moderately successful in Holland and Spain but just graze the bottom of the top 100 in England.

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By 1981 however, Orzabal and Smith left Graduate and founded a band called The History of Headaches, which would soon change to Tears for Fears. The two original members planned to surround themselves with musicians to help them complete their image of a perfect new age band.

Dave Bates would find Tears for Fears and sign them to Phonogram Records in 1981. They would get their first taste of real mainstream success in 1983 with their third single, “Mad World.” They released their first full-length album, The Hurting in 1983. At this point Orzabal and Smith welcomed Ian Stanley on keyboards and Manny Elias on drums as full time band mates on this and the following album.

Tears for Fears’ second album would flee from the mainstream pop lyrics. The band instead, turned to global politics as the focus of their song writing. Songs From the Big Chair hit the world in 1985 and would prove a smash hit, reaching multiple-platinum level sales in the United States and also abroad. The album would feature some of the bands most memorable hits, such as “Shout,” “Head over Heels,” “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” and “I Believe.”

Tears for Fears would release a moderately successful third album, The Seeds of Love. Following the album though, the band would begin the break-up process. Several members would branch off to solo careers and others would leave and attempt to vanish from the spotlight altogether.

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