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NEWS: Tears For Fears Celebrate 35 Years of ‘Songs From The Big Chair’

Tears or Fears reissue “Songs From The Big Chair” for its 35th anniversary

Limited edition picture disc, CD and DVD box sets available from 13th March

Spring 2020 sees the 35th anniversary of Tears For Fears iconic ten million selling album “Songs From The Big Chair”. The 35th celebrations will include the release of a limited picture disc version of the album and a reissue of the much sought after super deluxe 4CD/2DVD boxset which currently changes hands for hundreds of dollars. The anniversary reissues are set for release on March 13th via UMe/Virgin/Universal Music Canada.

“Songs From The Big Chair” was Tears For Fears second album and spawned classic worldwide hit songs such as the US No.1 singles “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” (UK No.2) and “Shout” (UK No.4) as well as “Head over Heels” (US No.3, UK No.12) and “Mother’s Talk” (No.14, US No.27). Upon its first release, “Songs From The Big Chair” spent 30 weeks in the UK top ten album chart, a whole year in the top thirty and only left the charts 18 months later. The story was very much the same all over the world, the album spent five weeks at No.1 in the US, and much like the UK, it was in the Billboard Chart for 18 months. To date, the album has sold over five million copies Stateside and is triple Platinum certified in the UK for sales of more than 900,000 copies.

Looking back at the album Roland Orzabal commented, “Pop music was still a growth industry. It hadn’t sort of stagnated, stalled, diversified into streaming like it is nowadays. We were young, we were both good-looking and we had the right music. As we move further and further from that decade and you keep hearing “Everybody Wants To Rule The World,” in various forms I do think it is an era-defining album”. Curt Smith “You would never normally get three songs that strong in an album. But balance that out with tracks like “Listen”, “The Working Hour”, all those things that give it air and give it time to breathe I think is what makes it something more than just the sum of its parts. I think the album had a lot more depth than a lot of those other albums of that time. And albums of more depth tend to stick around longer.”

The album is being made available for the first time as a limited-edition picture disc, and due to overwhelming demand, the super deluxe version will be reissued. The 4 x CD/2 x DVD box set features a multitude of remixes, live tracks, BBC sessions, B-sides, previously unreleased tracks and 5.1 surround sound and stereo mixes of the album mixed by four-time Grammy nominee, Steven Wilson. The original eight track album is accompanied by additional discs with single edits, remixes and also the ‘re-invented’ “Everybody Wants To RUN The World”, which was released in 1986 in support of Sport Aid and reached No.5 in the UK singles chart. Disc 4 features Top Of The Pops appearances and chat show appearances by the duo surrounding the promotion of the album and its singles.

Songs From The Big Chair
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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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