Tears for Fears

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Tags: new wave 80s pop synth pop rock synthpop british Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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School friends Roland Orzabal (Roland Orzabal de la Quintana, 22 August 1961, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England) and Curt Smith (b. 24 June 1961, Bath, Somerset, England) formed Tears For Fears after they had spent their teenage years in bands together, including a ska revivalist combo called Graduate who issued records on the Precision label. After Graduate split in 1981, the duo recorded demos as History Of Headaches. Their new name, Tears For Fears, was drawn from Arthur Janov’s book Prisoners Of Pain. They signed to Phonogram Records in 1981 while other synthesizer bands, including the Human League and Depeche Mode, were breaking through into the pop field. During this time the duo was augmented by Ian Stanley on keyboards and Manny Elias on drums.

The band’s first two singles, ‘Suffer Little Children’ and ‘Pale Shelter’, were unsuccessful but ‘Mad World’, produced by former Adam And The Ants drummer...

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