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Tears for Fears

In 1981, Roland Orzabal, an English musician and songwriter, and Curt Smith, vocalist, guitarist and bass player came together to form Tear for Fears. The band would become a top selling eighties pop-rock band, and enjoy virtual immediate success with their first album, "The Hurting"

"The Hurting" released in 1983, placed number one on the United Kingdom Albums Chart, and included hit singles, "Mad World" "Change" and "Pale Shelter". This blockbuster album was followed by "Songs from the Big Chair" (released in 1985) that hit the United States Billboard 200 and their third successful album, "The Seeds of Love" (released in 1989). Each one of these albums had been supported by heavy touring by the group and it began to take its toll on the creative team. Smith and Orzabal parted company in 1991 after several disagreements and need to go their separate ways. However, Orzabal continued to keep Tears for Fears alive and recorded two albums, "Elemental" and "Raoul and the Kings of Spain" without Smith.

In 2000, Smith and Orzabal reunited and began work on a new album. It would be the first recording made with the two since their breakup in 1991. The album, "Everybody Loves a Happy Ending" was released in the United States in 2004 and by 2008 had sold 99,000 units.

All of the albums released by Tears for Fears charted on the United States Billboard 200. This included their "Tears Roll Down" - Greatest Hits 82-92 (released in 1992).

Tears for Fears with the talented influence of Smith and Orzabal began in the early eighties with a New Wave, synthpop influence. As their musical style developed they incorporated the pop/rock sound of the decade enabling them to sell in excess of 40 million albums globally.

Today, Curt Smith and Roland Orzabal are still energetically active in the music industry-however no plans are on the horizon for future reunions.

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In 1981, Roland Orzabal, an English musician and songwriter, and Curt Smith, vocalist, guitarist and bass player came together to form Tear for Fears. The band would become a top selling eighties pop-rock band, and enjoy virtual immediate success with their first album, "The Hurting"

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