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By its early reputation and the sheer nature of it, Bonnaroo should be a complete mess. But the staff are universally nice and the people who attend are typically good all-around, too. It’s a sprawling, often muddy festival that can be overwhelming for its wealth of choices, but it’s so well-run and so laid-back that… More »

In the never-ending curious case of Radiohead, you have a slew of their most iconic songs out there — beloved, covered, cited. Songs that have little to nothing to do with them now, whether they’re off The Bends or even something like “No Surprises.” First and foremost of those, of course, is “Creep,” from their… More »

It’s finally the time of year where there are more movies in theaters than I have time to see, especially in NYC with earlier premieres. That’s not a bad place to be, because a lot of them have been good and a lot of them have used music well. It was only once I’d finished… More »

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New The Smiths x Tears For Fears Mashup Is Surprisingly Great

Ever wonder what it would sound like if the Smiths and Tears For Fears joined forces? Well, a surprisingly good new mashup of “Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before” and “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” surfaced about a week ago to answer that burning question. It’s a combination of the… More »

By: Caitlin White / July 29, 2015 - 12:25 pm

Artist Portraits From Bonnaroo 2015

If you didn’t make it down to Bonnaroo, chances are you checked out the livestream that we hosted here on the site, or at least heard about a few special occurrences. Kendrick Lamar and Chance The Rapper joined Earth Wind & Fire onstage, Kacey Musgraves debuted a new single, and Jon Hamm showed up toMore »

By: Stereogum / June 15, 2015 - 2:57 pm

Watch Tears For Fears & Reggie Watts’ “Bomb Song” Video For Comedy Bang! Bang!

Later this month, the comedian and LCD Soundsystem collaborator Reggie Watts will take over bandleader duties on new host James Corden’s version of The Late Late Show. For now, he’s still holding down bandleader duties on IFC’s Comedy Bang! Bang!. And in a new sketch he teams up with ’80s synthpop kings Tears For Fear… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 12, 2015 - 10:28 am

Watch Tears For Fears Play Their Hits And Cover Radiohead’s “Creep” In A Spotify Landmark Session

Tears For Fears have been covering Radiohead’s “Creep” for years, but I don’t think they’ve ever had it professionally recorded until now. The band recorded a Spotify Landmark Session at L.A. recording studio The Village in honor of the 30th anniversary of Songs From The Big Chair. The 40-minute video includes VH1 Storytellers-style backstory, performance… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 25, 2014 - 11:06 am

Watch Tears For Fears Play “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” & “Sowing The Seeds Of Love” On Kimmel

Tears For Fears released “Sowing The Seeds Of Love” on their 1989 record The Seeds Of Love, and last night they performed the song on Jimmy Kimmel Live. The band also performed their classic “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” from 1985’s Songs From The Big Chair, which will celebrate its 30th anniversary next year. More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / November 13, 2014 - 12:00 pm

Tears For Fears – “Head Over Heels” (Richard Skinner BBC Session) (Stereogum Premiere)

Next week, the British new romantic duo Tears For Fears will release a massive six-disc reissue of Songs From The Big Chair, their enormously successful 1985 album. The deluxe reissue will include a pile of unreleased music, including the track you can hear below. “Head Over Heels” is one of many of the original album’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 6, 2014 - 12:33 pm

Photos: Project Pabst 2014

It’s just about the end of festival season, but Portland gave us one more this past weekend: Project Pabst, the Milwaukee beer company’s music festival. The festival brought together Modest Mouse, Built To Spill, GZA, Speedy Ortiz, and more. It also included some local heroes such as Shabazz Palaces and Red Fang. We sent photographer… More »

By: Miles Bowe / September 29, 2014 - 2:14 pm

Matthew Dear (Feat. Tegan And Sara) – “Pale Shelter” (Tears For Fears Cover) (Stereogum Premiere)

We just heard Tears For Fears add to their pile of modern indie covers with a take on Animal Collective’s “My Girls.” Now here are some modern indie musicians covering Tears For Fears. The team of Matthew Dear plus Tegan And Sara has tackled the 1983 single “Pale Shelter,” a shimmering New Wave gem with… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 17, 2013 - 11:01 am

Tears For Fears – “My Girls” (Animal Collective Cover)

We’ve heard Tears For Fears cover Arcade Fire and Hot Chip this year, recordings the band undertook to warm up for the making of their first new original LP since 2004’s Everybody Loves A Happy Ending. You can add a third modern indie titan to the list now that the duo has unleashed a cover… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 17, 2013 - 10:56 am

Lorde – “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” (Tears For Fears Cover)

It seems like Twilight is passing the torch to The Hunger Games when it comes to up-and-coming artists featuring prominently on their soundtracks. Catching Fire’s soundtrack comes out next week and has a deep roster, including songs from the Weeknd, Coldplay, and the National. Pop’s newest darling Lorde also contributes a cover of Tears For… More »

By: James Rettig / November 12, 2013 - 3:45 pm

Tears For Fears – “Boy From School” (Hot Chip Cover)

A couple of months ago Tears For Fears shared a surprise cover of Arcade Fire’s “Ready To Start.”. It was recorded when Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith returned to the studio earlier this year to record the follow-up to their 2004 reunion LP Everybody Loves A Happy Ending. “The idea was before we actually had… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / October 28, 2013 - 9:14 pm

Tears For Fears – “Ready To Start” (Arcade Fire Cover)

Tears For Fears’ 2004 album Everybody Loves A Happy Ending found Curt Smith rejoining Roland Orzabal after an acrimonious decade apart. Since then, a series of reunion shows, reissues, and covers/samples by pop stars like Katy Perry and Kanye West have led to renewed interest in the influential new wave group. Now Smith and Orzabal… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / August 20, 2013 - 10:22 am

Download Ben Gibbard & Death Cab For Cutie’s Best Cover Songs

Last month Death Cab For Cutie returned to the spotlight with “You Are A Tourist,” the great first single and video from their forthcoming Codes And Keys. A sunny addition to our spring playlist, it recalls brighter moments of mid-period Cure when it’s not channeling “Float On.” That’s fitting given how Ben Gibbard’s got five… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / April 11, 2011 - 11:35 am

Premature Evaluation: Kanye West – 808s & Heartbreak

After several closely monitored weeks of leaks, it’s time to take a look at the year’s most anticipated album that doesn’t feature Buckethead. Given Kanye West’s reputation for finding musical inspiration in unlikely places (be they leftfield samples or genre-bending collaborations) it’s surprising to see the superstar rapper/producer embrace such a restrictive palette. As you’ve… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / November 20, 2008 - 12:33 am

New Kanye West – “Coldest Winter”

Kanye has totally gone emo on us: Strip away the Auto-Tune on “Love Lockdown” and “Heartless” and you have yourself a pop-radio dude self-deprecatingly singing about his heartache (over a Tears for Fears sample, no less). Maybe Pete Wentz should suggest Fall Out Boy use more Auto-Tune, less Elvis Costello. West’s formula doesn’t shift too… More »

By: brandon / October 17, 2008 - 9:25 am

“Literal Videos” Takes On Tears For Fears

As its name suggested, the “Literal Videos” series rerecords the lyrics from old (i.e. ’80s) music videos so the song ends up being about exactly what happens in the clip. They initially did A-ha’s “Take On Me.” This time around it’s Tears For Fears’ “Head Over Heels.” Keep your eye on the Rabbi. More »

By: brandon / October 16, 2008 - 10:01 am

Three Little Grizzly Bears

It’s been awhile since we’ve heard a good Clipse mash-up. Well, not since MySplice, anyway. Then, it was “Flaming Clipse,”; today, P4K’s got Girl Talk’s remix of Grizzly Bear’s “Knife,” which works the Thornton brothers’ rap into a dancefloor-ready, “Shout”-sampling twist on the Yellow House favorite. For more Grizzly mash-up action, hit Brooklyn Vegan for… More »

By: Stereogum / January 12, 2007 - 7:25 pm
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