Star Apps: Tears for Fears

Tears for Fears‘ chart-topping, career-defining “Songs From the Big Chair” turns 30 this year. To mark the pearl anniversary of the album that spawned “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” “Shout,” and “Head Over Heels ” the band is releasing a rebooted super deluxe version, as well as a six-disc box set featuring remixes, B-sides, and nine previously unreleased tracks. Curt Smith and Roland Orzabal, who are currently working on a new album due later this year, talked to me about “Songs From the Big Chair,” their breakup and makeup, the importance of social media, and their favorite apps.

Tears for Fears circa 1985.

What are your thoughts on “Songs From the Big Chair” today? Curt Smith: I guess the first thing I’m thankful for is that it still holds up. If “Songs From the Big Chair” was recorded now, it would sound much the same. The production stands up in a big way that’s gratifying all these years later. I don’t think there’s anything I would change about it.

What’s the story behind “Shout”? Roland Orzabal: The record company saw the potential there. I was just trying to write songs. “Shout” was just a chorus when I wrote it. Only when I sang it they thought it was a hit. They made it sound so big. It just went on like that.

Psychology was always a part of your work. Orzabal: We … [Read more]

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