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October 9, 2021 1:32 PM   Subscribe

Tears For Fears announce first album in 17 years: ‘The Tipping Point', out in February. The eponymous first single is quite good.
posted by signal (30 comments total) 35 users marked this as a favorite
 
Here's the official shop if that's your thing.
posted by signal at 1:33 PM on October 9 [2 favorites]


Who's that ghost knocking at my door?

I had not heard about this until this was posted, and now I'm totally excited. But February? Holy crap, that's a long time to wait!
posted by hippybear at 1:38 PM on October 9 [2 favorites]


I really enjoyed Everybody Loves a Happy Ending so this news pleases us.
posted by overeducated_alligator at 2:07 PM on October 9


One of the better things to come out of the pandemic: Curt Smith singing Mad World with his daughter.
posted by Your Childhood Pet Rock at 2:08 PM on October 9 [24 favorites]


Holy shit this is a banger.
posted by Your Childhood Pet Rock at 2:11 PM on October 9 [2 favorites]


I'm not gonna lie. It was a shock when they first appeared. I do love the white hair.
Undecided about the song.
posted by Glinn at 2:21 PM on October 9 [3 favorites]


Dig the tune but the video's a bit Tears For Fears For Skyrim
posted by runehog at 3:12 PM on October 9 [1 favorite]


Roland and Curt look like they're auditioning for the Game of Thrones prequel. This is great!
posted by goatdog at 3:18 PM on October 9 [1 favorite]


Glinn: I do love the white hair

Have you seen Billy Bragg lately? He looks like his own granddad. :7)
posted by wenestvedt at 3:38 PM on October 9 [9 favorites]


This is so awesome!
posted by Annabelle74 at 4:06 PM on October 9


Curt Smith singing Mad World with his daughter.

I can't get over the humility of Smith recording his band's song with his daughter in the style of somebody else's (Gary Jules) more famous cover version.
posted by straight at 4:06 PM on October 9 [8 favorites]


I remember hearing Everybody Wants to Rule the World on the radio for the first time. I genuinely thought it was a new Joe Jackson song, as JJ was experimenting with different styles around that time.
posted by SoberHighland at 4:29 PM on October 9 [1 favorite]


No mullets?
posted by Keith Talent at 6:24 PM on October 9




> One of the better things to come out of the pandemic: Curt Smith singing Mad World with his daughter.

well that was fucking adorable. also as mentioned upthread: props for the Donnie Darko arrangement.
posted by lkc at 7:32 PM on October 9


But February? Holy crap, that's a long time to wait!

🎶Funny how time flies🎶
posted by fuse theorem at 7:42 PM on October 9 [8 favorites]


I would just like to mention that Tears For Fears was founded in 1981, the same year as Duran Duran, and ABBA's most recent album was in 1981, and we're getting music from all of them in the next few months.

This timeline is exceedingly strange.
posted by hippybear at 7:49 PM on October 9 [18 favorites]


Everybody Wants to Rule the World is one of very few mental anchors I have for a time when whole years drifted by. It resonates as I had no power and no control.

Acting on your best behaviour
Turn your back on mother nature


^ such a complicated, messed up time for me, I've never read they lyrics complete - meaningful stuff, thanks for posting signal
posted by unearthed at 12:41 AM on October 10


I would just like to mention that Tears For Fears was founded in 1981, the same year as Duran Duran, and ABBA's most recent album was in 1981

Turns out that was 40 years ago. I mean, what the fuck!
posted by chavenet at 4:00 AM on October 10 [7 favorites]


We're all old!
posted by zengargoyle at 4:03 AM on October 10 [8 favorites]


I had Songs From the Big Chair on cassette tape. Had a crappy little used Plymouth Horizon, but that sucker had a decent power booster with equalizer, all the better to blast music when I was driving to my wage slave job of typing insurance policies on a Xerox Memorywriter.

Good stuff!
posted by Marie Mon Dieu at 4:11 AM on October 10 [6 favorites]


Me and my best friend in high school, suburban NJ, 1986 or 87, black clothes and weird hair, at a conference for "young scientists", whatever that was. Second day, hungover, leave lecture to sit outside auditorium and have a smoke. Cute girl comes up to us and says "You know, you guys look just like Tears for Fears!"
Heaven.
posted by conifer at 4:16 AM on October 10 [8 favorites]


That bridge.
posted by ob1quixote at 6:58 AM on October 10 [2 favorites]


Me, grooving to Songs from the Big Chair at 12 years old when it came out.

Ghost of the future: Tears for Fears will make a record when you are middle-aged, but Roland Orzabal will look like Gandalf.
posted by MattD at 7:17 AM on October 10 [2 favorites]


Tears For Fears
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The official music video for Tears For Fear’s “The Tipping Point”.
Pre-order Tears For Fears new album ‘The Tipping Point’ at:


My tipping point is misplaced or missing possessive apostrophes. </punctuationpedant>

(Seriously, though, awesome news, from a great band, whose first two albums are classics—the rest are none too shabby either.)
posted by rory at 8:03 AM on October 10 [1 favorite]


whose first two albums are classics—the rest are none too shabby either

It's their third album, The Seeds Of Love, that feels to me like the true classic amongst their catalog thus far.
posted by hippybear at 12:37 PM on October 10 [3 favorites]


It's their third album, The Seeds Of Love, that feels to me like the true classic amongst their catalog thus far.

I agree with you hippybear. Songs from the Big Chair was amazing but it felt like the band was still unsure of their music. Head Over Heels/Broken felt like an experiment on how to end Head Over Heels. Or to start Broken.

TSoL was about maturity. It didn't spawn the hits like SftBC but it's the album that has enough depth to keep me interested after 32 years. And while I really like Elemental, it doesn't have the depth, maybe because of the loss of Smith?

All of their stuff is fun on headphones. There's a lot of complexity to the layering of the songs and they seem to be composed and engineered well. Break It Down Again is one of a handful of songs that I use when evaluating speakers and headphones and I still enjoy it after 1000 plays.

So yeah, I'm excited to hear the new stuff next year too.
posted by ensign_ricky at 1:11 PM on October 10 [1 favorite]


I'd agree that Seeds of Love is the best. Have a soft spot for Elemental. Bought it on a whim for a road trip and ended up really liking it. It fit right in with the dreampop and shoegaze I was normally playing at the time. I suppose you could make an argument for Tears for Fears being a strong influence on the later dreampop songs. Just gorgeous, lush stuff.

There's one song on Elemental where Roland expresses some considerable bitterness towards Smith. I'm glad they ended back together because I remember that song seemed pretty final. Would be amusing if they sang that song together in concert.
posted by Teegeeack AV Club Secretary at 1:46 PM on October 10 [1 favorite]


You know, I'm watching this video (yet again, album is pre-ordered)... and I'm realizing how much I appreciate projects like this, with friends who once worked together and then were apart (because $REASONS) and now are back together.

I've been through this cycle in my life, and the reunion had nearly always been richer for the split and the reunification. If they're bringing that kind of energy to this, I welcome that.
posted by hippybear at 2:16 PM on October 10 [2 favorites]


there's one song on Elemental where Roland expresses some considerable bitterness towards Smith.

It was a complete diss track! Roland aimed "Fish Out of Water" directly at Curt, and then Curt turned around and recorded a response with "Sun King" on his next album.
posted by JoeZydeco at 5:16 PM on October 10 [2 favorites]


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