The Real Story of
Tears for Fears’
“Songs from the
Big Chair”

Spotify Landmark is the story behind some of the greatest moments in music, told by the people who made them.

Each show blends intimate interviews with artists, producers, industry figures and celebrities to create a listening history of legendary albums, concerts and events.

Landmark 4: Tears For Fears’ “Songs from the Big Chair”

Singer/guitarist Roland Orzabal and singer/bassist Curt Smith met as teenagers in Bath, England and went on to create one of the most successful and beloved bands of the 80s. Combining indelible melodies with wry and topical lyrics, Tears For Fears followed up their moody, synth-based debut album “The Hurting” with the multi-million selling “Songs From The Big Chair,” achieving that rare combination of critical and popular success. The album is being reissued in a variety of formats this month with a bevy of bonus material.

Countless artists – from Lorde to Gary Jules and Michael Andrews - have reinterpreted the band’s hits over the years, and they have recently regrouped for some touring and new recording.

For this episode of Spotify Landmark, Tears For Fears was kind enough to convene in famed LA studio The Village to talk about and perform some of their biggest hits and fan favorites with their full band. They even snuck in a Radiohead cover. All this took place in front of 50 gobsmacked fans and was captured in video and audio.

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Photo Credit: Matthew Silverman


Live from The Village in Los Angeles, Roland and Curt tell us the no-holds-barred stories behind
their biggest tunes.


“Everybody Wants To Rule The World”


“Sowing The Seeds Of Love”


“Head Over Heels”


“Mad World”


“The Working Hour”





Credits: Produced by Sandy Smallens