Tears for Fears - Mad World sheet music



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Artist Information:

Tears for Fears, named after a phrase found in Arthur Janov’s book Prisoners of Pain, is a British pop/rock outfit formed in 1981 in Bath, England, by Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith, two school friends and ex-members of Graduate. Initially associated with new wave and the new romantic movements, the duo’s earliest work (through 1983’s The Hurting) was explicitly based around the confusion and angst of adolescence. Though top forty regulars on both sides of the Atlantic, Orzabal and Smith made their major international breakthrough with Songs From the Big Chair in 1985, which included their most commercially popular material to date (scoring two Billboard Hot 100 #1s and a UK #2).

They released three albums – the synthesizer-based The Hurting (1983), Songs from the Big Chair (1985) (which broke free from the new-wave mold) and the jazz/blues/Beatles influenced The Seeds of Love (1989) – before Orzabal and Smith had an extremely acrimonious falling out.

Song Facts:
“Mad World” is a song by the British band Tears for Fears. Written by Roland Orzabal and sung by bassist Curt Smith, it was the band’s third single release and first chart hit, reaching #3 on the UK Singles Chart in November 1982. Both Mad World and its B-side, Ideas As Opiates, would turn up on the band’s debut LP The Hurting the following year. The song would eventually become Tears for Fears’ first international hit, reaching the Top 40 in several countries between 1982 and 1983.

Two decades later, the song made a popular resurgence when it was covered in a much slower, minimalist style by composers Michael Andrews and Gary Jules for the soundtrack to the movie Donnie Darko in 2001, and then again in the hit 2006 video game Gears of War. This version reached #1 in the UK in December 2003, and also became an international hit.


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