|Title||Tears For Fears...Tales From The Big Chair
The first bio on the duo who rule the world!
|Description||They were teenagers tearaways—now Tears For Fears sing and shout their way around the world!
Beginning in 1982 with their first hit single, Mad World, Tears For Fears have risen through the rock ranks to star status. From their base in the rural English town of Bath, Curt Smith and Roland Orzabal have released an unbroken series of international hit singles including Everybody Wants To Rule The World, Shout and Pale Shelter. Coupled with two worldwide bestselling albums The Hurting and Songs From The Big Chair, the partners look set for an extended and established music career.
Rock journalist Will Hall has followed Tears For Fears from their roots in Avon to adulation in Los Angeles. He reveals their pastime pursuits and musical influences, not least the truth about Arthur Janov's book Primal Scream on their recordings. He also relates how the dynamic duo produce successive hit singles, play sell-out concerts all over the world, and yet remain remarkably untainted by the pressures of international stardom.
Tales From The Big Chair is the story of an (ad)venture that's turned the world Head Over Heels!
|Book Dimensions||Width: 7.0″|
|Depth: 0.19″ (3/16″)|
|Contents||Acknowledgements, Quotes, eight (8) chapters, Discography|
|Typeset||Cambridge Photosetting Services|
|Book / Cover Design||Tina Dutton|
|Edited by||Lyndsay McMorrow|
|Picture Credits||Rex Features, Retna Pictures, David Redfern Photography, London Features International, Carole Segal/S.I.N., James McGregor|
|Production Services||Book Production Consultants, Cambridge|
|Publisher||Zomba Books (Willesden High Road, London) / Cherry Lane Books (Port Chester, New York)|
|Copyright||© Will Hall|
|Printed by||Bemrose Printing C.I.P., Derby / Thetford Press Limited, Thetford, Norfolk|
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"We both still feel that school is the most impersonal place around—it destroys children's personalities and turns them into what society wants them to be—faceless. If you've got intelligence, people will recognize it." (Curt, quoted by Hall, 1985, p.11)When they left school, they began launching their music careers, starting off playing for a band Graduate. As with most bands, not all, Roland and Curt couldn't stand the "fascism" of having to do something musically that they feel doesn't work. It wasn't long that the duo left the band, signed to Phonogram under the name "Tears For Fears." (According to MemoriesFade.com, TFF had other names considered such as History of Headaches, Upside Down Clinics and Ideas As Opiates—a name that eventually became a song title.) The name "Tears For Fears" is just what the name implies: tears as a replacement for fears. Curt states this was inspired from a book "Primal Therapy" by Arthur Janov.
"He was a very difficult boy, forever bullying his two brothers. He even bullied his elder brother and local children who were much older than him. I've met his partner Curt and he seems such a nice young man. I am surprised he has put up with Roland for so long. I'm sure he won't be able to stand it much longer." (George Orzabal, quoted by Hall, 1985, p.59)As great as the book is, providing lots of commentary and interviews you may never find elsewhere, the grammatical writing wasn't very good. Lots of run-ons and misquotations can confuse the reader who said what. I felt more proofreading was needed. Other than that, this is an excellent book and you'll learn a whole lot from a duo known for producing unique and timeless hits. Even better, the interviews with Curt and Roland saying a lot of thought-provoking opinions should provide the reader with a lot worth quoting.