"The seven year span, 1983-1990, found Tears For Fears transforming from a band whose songs employed the blips and squeaks of eighties electronica, to a band whose elaborate productions and lush songwriting proved that the team of Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith had grown. They became a band who demanded to be taken seriously and deserved to be taken seriously. But not unlike many other great teams---Lennon/McCartney, Bacharach/David, or Sonny & Cher, (to name but a few)---Orzabal and Smith let ideas, hopes and dreams get in the way of their musical magic. Much like the obligatory "I Got You Babe" finale of Sonny & Cher's television shows, Roland and Curt continued to record the final album amidst much personal unpleasantness."
This is taken from the liner notes I had written with Tony Sachs for the Tears For Fears "Millennium Collection" released on CD in 2000. I've been a fan since first hearing "Pale Shelter" on WLIR-FM back during those somewhat bleak early 80's. I knew then Tears For Fears were better than all the others on WLIR's heavy rotation and I still feel that way now.
For those who still can't get "Shout, Shout, Let It All Out" out of their heads 25 years later, here are some of my favorite Roland and Curt tracks, most of which do not resemble the blips and squeaks of their earliest work; blips and squeaks that might have kept many of you away.