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Guitar Pro, Rock Of The 80'S: 'Tears For Fears'

Updated on September 24, 2012

First things first:

In 1981, MTV was launched as the new Musical network. Wow! Exactly 30 years ago. I was in College studying Mechanical Engineering, like any normal guy in his early twenties. Between Thermodynamics and Fluids or Laplace, I always had time to carry my own Cassette player (or 'Walkman' for others). One of my first groups that I really got my mind set into was... Tears for fears.


When they came out with their Album the hurting in 1982, they were still evolving from its old originating band: 'Graduates'. So, their main influence was punk and synthesizers. By early 1985 they hired Ian Stanley on the keyboards and a new drummer , Manny Elias. It is funny but, when they were recording their songs for the 'big chair', Meaning 'Shout' and 'Mothers talk' They were not too happy with the way the new song called: 'Everybody wants to rule the world' sounded. Their primal influence was not aligned with this new baby. Chris Hughes who was about to become their producer for the next four years, convinced Roland Orzalbal to emulate the beat from Waterfront, sang by Simple Minds. Ian Stanley and Roland (or 'Raoul' , the name his parents originally chose for him before emigrating to England) Worked on the Lyrics... It took them just a few hours to arrange the lyrics as we know them today. Just have in mind that in that month 'USA for Africa' was in vogue in all the stations around the world. What is funny is that Roland was very much into his inseparable Guitar.


If you ever see all the videos, he makes his cadences and moves always around his Guitar. "'Shout' just came easier," he said. " I was beyond rebellious with my older generation, and I always had in my mind the word, 'Shout'. I had to finish the first stanza and all came right on!: Let it all out!.. this are the things I can do without!... come on, I'm talking to you." And the rest is just history.


On June 2010, I was at work and my friend next to me was checking the website for Ticketmaster. He toldd me that TFF was going to be In Jersey on August 2010. I was like... No way man! And yeah! I became part of History too. I was seeing my favorite group in ATLANTIC CITY on August 20th. The guys were there. Of course they were older and had a new drummer and a talented Guitar player. I was so close to them that I thought I was going to shake Curt Smith's hand, The place? "House of Blues". The most memorable words from Curt and Roland were thank you New Jersey! and will see you on the Board walk!


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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    Thanks for checking on this oldie Kelly! The guys are awesome in person. Actually Roland sweats a lot and Curt is a little shorter than on TV. But they did rocked the House!

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    kelleyward 5 years ago

    Lord de cross, I just came across this on a Google search. Great article. I love Tears for Fears! Voted up! Kelley

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    Joseph De Cross 6 years ago


    You brought some memories back too. Was fun to be almost next to them. They are reaching the half a century age. Was so long that they made Shout (1983)Timre really flew! Take care Amber!


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    Amber Dahnke 6 years ago from New Glarus, WI

    I loved Tears for Fears in High School. Shout was just the greatest, fun to sing along. Thanks for the interesting hub about them, I don't know much beyond what I saw on MTV. Remember when that started, too, my cousins had cable (we did not) and so I saw it at their house and was just mesmerized. Haven't listened to them in a while, thanks for the videos!

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    Joseph De Cross 6 years ago

    Oh God! Tammy!

    They were awesome! Not boring at all. We rocked that House of Blues! All the after another, and adrenaline raising up to the ceiling. Thanks for your comments dear friend! 4 kids? How busy..oh my Lord!

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    Tammy 6 years ago from North Carolina

    I loved them and if you still listen to them they don't have a heavily "dated" 80's sound. I loved Mad Word.. and the remake by Jules.. such a prophetic band. Do you think they will ever make a comeback?

    I also love Blondie from the 80's.. the original Lady Gaga. :)

    Great music hub! Thanks for sharing.

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    Joseph De Cross 6 years ago

    S-A-FE-T-Y..dancee..dancceee! Yeah Amber, those were golden years like rock around the clock for our parents W e love these guys bunches!..and thanks for commenting on this band!...


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    Amber Mandala 6 years ago from Perry, Fl.

    I love Tears for Fears. One of my favs. Simple Minds were an excellent band as well. I see an 80's trend happening right now. My kids are wearing skinny jeans, we called them bullet cut jeans. The kids seem to have a hightened awareness for 80's music. Especially since I introduced them to Safety Dance by Men Without Hats. lol....

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    Joseph De Cross 6 years ago

    Alecia Murphy,

    I grew up with them and their songs too. Every now and then I grab a CD and drive down the Turnpike..all the way down to Atlantic city, and boy,oh boy! The trip is one of the most rewarding you could ever experience...Thanks for your important comment!


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    Alecia Murphy 6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

    I love Tears for Fears! I grew up in the 1990s, but my mom introduced them to me when I was a kid. I love the lyrics and the melody of their songs! I was especially excited when Curt Smith an appearance last year on the hit show Psych and he sang my favorite song with the two leads, "Head Over Heels." This hub reminded me of good times, thanks for writing it!

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    Joseph De Cross 6 years ago

    Thanks Samantha. Was an emotional encounter with these heroes of mine. Their main complain was that no producer would dare to make a record anymore. So they just promote themselves and go with the flow.

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    Samantha Sinclair 6 years ago from North Carolina

    2010 concert reminded me of the Go-Go's concert I went to at, wow, I think House of Blues, in maybe 2001... I was close enough to touch Belinda's hand, but only mustered eye contact... Thanks for stirring the memory