Tears for Fears

The Hurting (Mercury/Phonogram)

Everyone Asked About Tears for Fears: Collins Kilgore of Little Rock emo-pop band Everyone Asked About You told us about his love for a Tears for Fears gem.

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Collins Kilgore: My favorite record? Lately it’s been The Hurting, the debut album of Tears For Fears.

It’s a weird record. A commercial success despite its dark themes and, in the singles, lacking what I think of as real pop choruses. The eighties were a strange and rapidly evolving time musically, but at the same time also in the pop psychology movements that had been gaining in appeal since the sixties.

You can hear that strangeness and searching throughout The Hurting. Roland Orzabal decided to make Tears For Fears’ debut pop album aboutprimal scream and repressed memory therapy. Very intense and controversial stuff.  It’s a record about trying and failing to deal with deep psychological trauma, all wrapped up into this edgy but polished pop facade.

Several of the songs are sung from the perspective of a child addressing their parent, begging them to change before the scars set in. I’m glad ‘Pale Shelter’ and ‘Mad World’ still get a lot of attention. But I also think ‘Suffer the Children’ and ‘Memories Fade’ are among the best on the record. They each use this very powerful voice from two perspectives. One from the outside. Detached. Observing the parental failings.  The other from within the damaged persona, and Roland really wails it.

Everyone Asked About Tears for Fears: Everyone Asked About You’s Paper Airplanes Paper Hearts is released September 8.


















































































































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