The single became the group's sixth UK top 40 hit, peaking at No. In the US, it reached No. It is regarded as one of the most recognizable songs from the mid-eighties, and is recognized by Chris True of AllMusic as a "Tears for Fears signature moment".
While Tears for Fears' previous single " Mothers Talk " had showcased a new, more extroverted songwriting style, "Shout" was completed with power chordsheavy percussion, a synth bass solo and a vocal-sounding synth riff. The song even features a lengthy guitar solo, something previously unheard of in Tears for Fears' usual music style. The song was written in my front room on just a small synthesizer and a drum machine. Initially I only had the chorus, which was very repetitive, like a mantra.
I played it to Ian Stanley, our keyboardist, and Chris Hughesthe producer. I saw it as a good album track, but they were convinced it would be a hit around the world. We were halfway through recording 'Mothers Talk' when Roland first played us a rough version of a new song he'd been working on. It was then very slow and very simple. I remember saying "this is so simple it should take about five minutes to record. We were halfway through recording 'Shout' when Roland had a birthday party.
That evening I asked the four of them separately if they had any thoughts about sleeve notes for the record. Roland said "White text on black paper and say something about arguably the best offering yet.
It is actually more concerned with political protest. It came out in when a lot of people were still worried about the aftermath of The Cold War and it was basically an encouragement to protest. People act without thinking because that's just the way things go in society. So it's a general song, about the way the public accepts any old grief which is thrown at them.
As was commonplace during the s, the original inch vinyl single release featured an extended remix of the song. Three remixes by collaborators Steve Thompson and Michael Barbiero later appeared on American releases of the single, including dub and a cappella versions.
In addition to the inch mixes, "Shout" also appeared in three different 7-inch versions. The original single version released in the UK and much of the rest of the world clocks in at and is the same mix of the song found on the Songs from the Big Chair LP, albeit in an edited form. The version released in Germany and Japan is in length and fades out during the guitar solo. Meanwhile, the final version released in America is specifically tailored for radio play at a concise in length, featuring edits to the chorus and instrumental sections.
In addition to the standard 7- and inch releases, the "Shout" single was issued in two collectible formats in the UK: a limited edition inch single and a 7-inch boxed pack featuring a Tears for Fears calendar.
A similar limited edition 7-inch pack was released in Canada, this one featuring a page booklet of band photos. In"Shout" was reissued on the short-lived CD Video format. The disc included two mixes of the title track, a remix of " Everybody Wants to Rule the World ", and the "Shout" music video. Though there are no lyrics, the track contains dialogue samples performed by actors Sally Field and William Prince from the television film Sybilfrom which the song and the album Songs from the Big Chair takes its name.
This is one of the few songs in the Tears for Fears catalogue on which bandmember Curt Smith shares a writing credit. This track was very much inspired by the film Sybil about a woman suffering from multiple personalities undergoing psychotherapy. The big chair in her therapist's office is the place Sybil feels safest to recount the horrors of her childhood.
The promotional video for "Shout", filmed in latewas the second Tears for Fears video directed by famed music video producer Nigel Dick. It features footage of Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith at Durdle Door in Dorset, Englandas well as at a studio performance with the full band including Ian Stanley and Manny Elias performing the song amidst a crowd of family and friends. The band had at one time considered making a second video for the song's American single release, as the original was not considered MTV friendly.
The new version, performed by Shout for England featuring Dizzee Rascal and James Cordenutilises elements from the Tears for Fears song amid new verses written specifically for the World Cup. It was Tears For Fears - Tears Roll Down (Greatest Hits 82-92) (CD) on 9 June. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Single by Tears for Fears. New wave  synth-pop . Phonogram Mercury. Roland Orzabal Ian Stanley. After a few false starts with Orzabal on vocals, he suggested Smith sing it and "suddenly it sounded fabulous".
That came when I lived above a pizza restaurant in Bath and I could look out onto the centre of the Tears For Fears - Tears Roll Down (Greatest Hits 82-92) (CD). Not that Bath is very mad — I should have called it "Bourgeois World"!
The intention was to gain attention from it and we'd hopefully build up a little following. We had no idea that it would become a hit. Nor did the record company. Curt Smith's ad lib in the song's final chorus resulted in a mondegreen.
Smith clarified the actual lyric in With Mad World's again-resurgent popularity, I'm getting asked more frequently about the last line on the album version from The Hurtinga line which I occasionally also sing in concert. The actual line is: "Halargian world. I added it as a joke during the lead vocal session, and we kept it.
And there you have it. The lyric "the dreams in which I'm dying are the best I've ever had" suggests that dreams of intense experiences such as death will be the best at releasing tension.
The 7-inch version of "Mad World" is the same mix of the song found on The Hurting. The song had only one remix on its initial release, the World Remix that was featured on a 7-inch double-single.
This mix is very similar to the album version, with the most notable differences being the additional echo added to the intro and middle sections and the Tears For Fears - Tears Roll Down (Greatest Hits 82-92) (CD) of a subtle keyboard part from the bridge.
A later remix by noted British music producer Afterlife was featured on the reissue of the Tears for Fears greatest hits collection Tears Roll Down Greatest Hits 82— The song takes its name from a chapter title in Arthur Janov 's book Prisoners of Pain and features lyrics related to the concept of primal therapy. The song is musically sparse, featuring just a piano, drum machine, and saxophone. An alternative version of this song titled "Saxophones as Opiates" was included as a B-side on the inch single and is mostly instrumental.
That's the chapter from Janov, and it's really a reference to people's mindsets, the way that the ego can suppress so much nasty information about oneself — the gentle way that the mind can fool oneself into thinking everything is Tears For Fears - Tears Roll Down (Greatest Hits 82-92) (CD). It really was all about that kind of thing — the psychological answer to religion being the opiate of the masses, whereas we thought ideas were, more than anything else.
The promotional video for "Mad World" was filmed in late summerin the grounds of Knebworth House. A brief party scene in the video features friends and family of the band, including Smith's mother as well as his then-wife Lynne.
According to Curt Smith, "When we made the video in a country estate on the cheap, we bussed all our friends and family up from Bath and had a fun day. The woman who's having the birthday party in the video is Tears For Fears - Tears Roll Down (Greatest Hits 82-92) (CD) mum.
The music video was directed by Clive Richardson who was notable for his work at that time with Depeche Mode. Their version was originally released on CD in on the film's soundtrackbut an increasing cult-following spawned by the film's DVD release finally prompted Jules and Andrews to issue the song as a proper single. For the soundtrack to the film Donnie Darkodirector Richard Kelly commissioned Michael Andrewsa San Diego musician and television and film composer who had worked as a member of a range of bands, including the Origin with Gary Jules whose two solo albums he had producedand the Greyboy Allstars.
Kelly said he was confident that Andrews could do the job: "I met with Michael and I just knew right away that he was really, really talented and that he could come up with a really original score. He would allow me to be in there and be really kind of editorial with how I wanted the score to be. As Andrews states, the low budget for the project encouraged him to play a diverse range of instruments for the soundtrack:.
The film was pretty low budget so my portion of the money was pretty thin. I couldn't hire anyone, it was just me.
I played everything; pianomellotronmini marimbaxylophoneukuleleorgan. I also brought in two female vocalists Sam Shelton and Tori Haberman. But no guitar because Richard said no guitar or drums; he just wasn't into it. I was down with that—I've played guitar my whole life. Like many of his role models for soundtrack composing such as John Barry and Ennio MorriconeAndrews wanted to put a song on his otherwise instrumental score.
He eventually chose "Mad World", as Tears for Fears were one of his and childhood friend Jules' favourite bands growing up. Despite being critically acclaimed, Donnie Darko was not a commercial success, but it sold very well on DVD and became a cult filmand demand grew for Andrews and Jules' cover of "Mad World" to be released as a proper single. This prompted Andrews to give the song an official release.
Jules said that he believed the song was easy for people to relate to: "I think it's a really beautiful example of a person struggling with the fact that life is mad. I honestly think it's one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard and the way it's stripped down now just pins people. The song charted again in Australia in following the success of The Masked Singer. The rest of the video sees the children forming different shapes whilst Jules stands on the roof and watches from above.
On two occasions the camera pans towards Jules looking down at the children, whilst a third pan Tears For Fears - Tears Roll Down (Greatest Hits 82-92) (CD) sees Andrews playing a piano as the song ends.
The video has over million views since it was uploaded to YouTube on 9 January He and his daughter Diva performed an acoustic guitar rendition of "Mad World" using the style of Jules and Andrews, uploading the video to YouTube. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the Tears for Fears song. For other uses, see Mad World disambiguation. New wave  synth-pop .
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