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Musicians
    (1981- )
    Formed in the United Kingdom
    Roland Orzabal (guitarist)
    Curt Smith (bassist)
    Albums include: 'The Hurting (1983),' 'Songs From The Big Chair (1985),' 'The Seeds Of Love (1989)' and 'Elemental (1993)'
    Songs include 'Mad World,' 'Everybody Wants to Rule the World,' 'Shout,' 'Head Over Heels,' 'Sowing the Seeds of Love' and 'Woman in Chains'
    Won Ivor Novello Award (1986)
    Their band name was inspired by a form of primal scream therapy.
    Curt Smith left the band after bitter arguments with Roland Orzabal (1992).
    They were to perform at Live Aid, but dropped out (1985).
    Orzabal tried releasing two albums under the name 'Tears For Fears,' but neither had much success.
    Their lyrics on 'The Hurting' were dark and depressing, and Orzabal admits the criticism of his negativity was justified. For example, a lyric from 'Mad World' reads: 'The dreams in which I'm dying are the best I've ever had.'
    Both Roland and Curt married at 21.
    Many of their songs contain messages and are not just pop standards.
    They reunited after 12 years apart to record 'Everybody Loves A Happy Ending (2004).'
    A cover of their song 'Mad World' was prominently featured in the cult movie 'Donnie Darko.'
    Both members came from broken homes before achieving pop success.
    Their songs 'Everybody Wants To Rule The World' and 'Shout' both reached #1 in the United States.

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