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Tears For Fears’ ‘Songs From The Big Chair’ To Feature On Tim Burgess’ Listening Party

The record topped the Billboard album charts on release in 1985 and spawned the hits, ‘Everybody Wants To Rule The World’ and ‘Shout’.

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Tears For Fears’ acclaimed second album, Songs From The Big Chair, is to be celebrated at one of Tim Burgess’ ever popular Twitter listening parties on Friday, December 4.

Burgess wrote on Twitter: “Friday December 4th 10pm (U.K. time) @curtsmith @C_M_Hughes& @d_n_bascombe will be our hosts for a @LlSTENlNG_PARTY featuring Songs From The Big Chair by @tearsforfears.”

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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” and “Shout” as well as “Head over Heels” and “Mother’s Talk”.

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 30 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.

Looking back at the album, Roland Orzabal commented in February 2020, “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 added “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”.

Click here to listen to the best of Tears For Fears.

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