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Tears For Fears 
20th-Sep-2006 06:59 am
There are two songs I'm looking for by Tears For Fears. Both are outtakes from the LP/CD/CDS "Raoul & The Kings Of Spain". Should anyone have the following Tears For Fears songs, I would appreciate it if you'd upload them for me for an upcoming music post:
  • War Of Attrition 3.41 ("Secrets" CD Single/CD outtake/B-side | Cat # Epic 662 757-2)
  • The Madness of Roland 5.09 ("Raoul & The Kings Of Spain" CD Single/CD outtake/B-side | CD-maxi single, part 1: Cat # Epic 662 476 5)
Hopefully by this weekend I'll have the post up, so if you're a huge Tears For Fears fan and collector like I am you'll appreciate immensely. If not, then you'll need to download everything and discover once and for all how completely amazing this band is.

Next to The Cure's "Pornography" album, "The Hurting" was the definitive depressing album of my youth. That album meant more to me than I can tell you - then came "Songs From The Big Chair", and the newer rerelease as a 2 disc set with all of the additional bonus tracks. Just the original 8 song disc is THE perfect album, but the 28 track rerelease is phenominal - plus I have the 12" extended version of Shout to add to it.

Then came the long-awaited "The Seeds Of Love" album. OH. MY. GOD. Again, THE perfect album. I can listen to these discs over and over for hours on end and never grow tired of them. I have the original stuff all remastered and with a gazillion extra tracks (B-sides, rarities, outtakes, alternate versions) as well as info on each release (original release date, label info, production notes). In total, there will be 9 full albums in zip files, all with extra tracks. So look for that within a few days. Here's what each of the 9 albums will be posted like:

tears for fears - the hurting

[uk bonus tracks, remastered]
(currently inactive)
[83.6 MB]

1. "The Hurting" – 4:19
2. "Mad World" – 3:35
3. "Pale Shelter" – 4:34
4. "Ideas As Opiates" – 3:45
5. "Memories Fade" – 5:06
6. "Suffer the Children" – 3:52
7. "Watch Me Bleed" – 4:17
8. "Change" – 4:14
9. "The Prisoner" – 2:55
10. "Start of the Breakdown" – 5:00
11. "Pale Shelter [Long Version]" – 7:09
12. "The Way You Are [Extended]" – 7:43
13. "Mad World [World Remix]" – 3:42
14. "Change [Extended Version]" – 6:00

LABEL: Uptown/Universal/Mercury (LP: Mercury MERS17/Remastered CD: Mercury 558 104-2)
NOTES: The Hurting is the debut album by British pop band Tears for Fears. It was released on March 25, 1983.

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20th-Sep-2006 11:19 am (UTC)
Dude... it's so good to see TFF get some love. I love them and I still play their music to this day!

Can you believe that I only have their music on casettes? I'm trying to 'keep it real'... but I may have to upgrade to cds very soon.

20th-Sep-2006 11:26 am (UTC)
The Hurting is THE perfect album when you wanna be mopey

I've always loved it and thought it was brilliant AND their best, most honest work

20th-Sep-2006 12:40 pm (UTC)
I haven't really heard too much TFF - just what caught on the radio/MTV. Looks like I've been missing a whole lot - can't wait to check them out. Thanks for the opportunity!
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21st-Sep-2006 10:22 pm (UTC)
FUCKING AWESOME!! If you can, then yes - if not, then I can do it as well. Thank you SO MUCH!!!!!!!!
20th-Sep-2006 01:52 pm (UTC)
The Hurting is one of those albums that I own on every conceivable format, and it's actually in my car at the moment.
21st-Sep-2006 10:43 pm (UTC)
You'd be the one to ask this then - I used to have the singles for Suffer the Children, Mad World, & Pale Shelter. There are 4 B-sides I'm missing from the 7" & 12" versions of these singles - would you see if you have them and send them to me? They are:

Suffer the Children (Instrumental)
Saxophones as Opiates
We Are Broken
22nd-Sep-2006 01:46 pm (UTC)
I will have to peruse my vinyl and see what singles I still have.
20th-Sep-2006 02:30 pm (UTC)
I'm a latecomer to TFF fandom. I was drawn in by Everybody Loves a Happy Ending; i think every song on this album is a masterpiece, and the album as a whole is a masterpiece. From there i've been drawn into their whole body of work. I don't know how i missed them first time around, because all of their music really speaks to me.

I'm not aware of them talking about sexual orientation overtly (i'm not the sort of person who investigates an artist in depth), but i'm convinced that it plays an important role in their outlook. There's a particular kind of pain in a lot of their songs which it's hard for me to imagine coming from someone heterosexual.
20th-Sep-2006 05:18 pm (UTC)
I can't wait for this, Jude. Thanks for doing this, compiling all the extra tracks. I have really loved TFF for over 20 years now, absolutely love Roland's smoky, moody voice, but I have surprisingly very little of their B-sides and bonus tracks. (Well, I have some of them on vinyl, but when is the last time I fired up my turntable?)

I must admit that I have owned the Raoul album for many years and did not care for it when it first came out, but I put it on very recently and it really clicked for me this time.

Have you heard Roland's solo album, Tomcats Screaming Outside? I also picked that up recently and just love it.
21st-Sep-2006 11:11 pm (UTC)
TFF are one of my most favorite bands ever. I hve not heard Roland's solo work, nor Curt's with Mayfield.
20th-Sep-2006 11:41 pm (UTC) - The Hurting
Oh, man, did TFF stoke the fires of my adolescent angst... Didn't you love singing "Is in AN 'orrific dream, am I sinking fahhhst..?"

They were an awesome band live. A little impersonal, but, hey, we were all grooving on our own personal room of pain in a real existential-Berlin-Sartre-Wim-Wenders kind of way anyway...
20th-Sep-2006 11:44 pm (UTC)
oops... I mean "is IT an 'orrific dream..."
21st-Sep-2006 11:12 pm (UTC)
Lol - I got you the first time!
20th-Sep-2006 11:56 pm (UTC) - How about The Smiths?
Jude, how do you feel about The Smiths? Too morose? Too goofy? Just right? Now they were my mope-and-sulk band. I devoted myself entirely to Church of The Smiths for many years, and I still remain a devotee to one of my favorite bands of all time. I was pleased as punch to hear Jeff do a cover of "I Know it's Over," one of those songs so dear to my heart. Good God, I was convinced I was a gay male teen when I listened to the Smiths - wait... I guess I was experiencing the confusion and experimentation along the same time The Smiths were permanently whirling through the soundtrack of my life. They, The Cure, and Frank Sinatra. Some of my friends never understood Morrissey's rapier wit and brilliant sense of humor. Good God, that is one guy I would have loved to chat with over coffee for hours, but alas, that is the rub - he was stuck in his room, pining for the fields, reading Wilde and waxing poetic, and that is what made him so irresistible. Now, nyeh, I cannot relate to his Gay London, Gay San Francisco vibe, but that's cool. I am pleased he's found a niche and seems generally happy, the old queen!
21st-Sep-2006 11:13 pm (UTC) - Re: How about The Smiths?
LOVE LOVE LOVE The Smiths!! Had tickets to see them on the Strangeways tour, 4 weeks before the scheduled show they were over.
21st-Sep-2006 05:31 am (UTC)
How interesting you posted this...about 4 days ago, I woke up with the song "Woman in Chains" in my head, and it stuck with me all day long.
21st-Sep-2006 11:16 pm (UTC)
I have very fond memories of us singing that and several others together on many different occasions.
22nd-Sep-2006 05:14 am (UTC)
Please add me as a friend. Been watching your journal for months, but I hate asking to be added as a friend to anyone's journal. But, since you asked... :)
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