Following a sold-out summer arena tour highlighted by their triumphant UK return in front of 65,000-plus fans as special guests of The Killers during British Summer Time Festival at Hyde Park, Tears For Fears – Roland Orzabal [vocals, guitar, keyboards] and Curt Smith [vocals, bass, keyboards] – close out 2017 with the release of their first career-spanning Greatest Hits album, Rule The World. The collection arrives everywhere November 10.
Not only does Rule The World feature classics such as Everybody Wants To Rule The World, Shout, Mad World, Head Over Heels, Woman In Chains, and more, but it also boasts the first original music from the duo since 2004. This year, they recorded two new tracks—I Love You But I’m Lost and Stay—for inclusion on the collection. The single I Love You But I’m Lost bristles with the enigmatic energy of classic Tears For Fears, while the subtle acoustic Stay ranks among their most emotional fare. Both fit comfortably alongside the anthems that have defined three generations.
For a glimpse of what to expect, listen to “I Love You But I’m Lost” HERE.
Live, Tears For Fears play London’s Royal Albert Hall October 27 following a special BBC Radio 2 in concert event October 26. It’s just the beginning though. The new music hints at very big plans for 2018 and beyond.
Beyond selling 30 million albums worldwide, performing to countless sold out audiences, and winning various awards, the DNA of Tears For Fears — Roland Orzabal [vocals, guitar, keyboards] and Curt Smith [vocals, bass, keyboards] — remains embedded within three generations of artists. Quietly casting a shadow over rock, hip-hop, electronic dance music, indie, and beyond, their music has been sampled by Kanye West, The Weeknd, David Guetta, Drake, and more, while getting covered by Lorde, Adam Lambert, Ally Brooke Hernandez, Gary Jules, and Disturbed, to name a few. Meanwhile, classic songs figure prominently everywhere from The Wire and Donnie Darko to Straight Outta Compton and Mr. Robot.
Representing an inimitable intersection of pop palatability, clever and cognizant lyricism, guitar bombast, and new wave innovation, their catalog spans a string of classic album, namely the gold-certified debut The Hurting , quintuple-platinum BRIT Award-winning Songs from the Big Chair , and Seeds of Love . The latter proved to be Roland and Curt’s last collaboration together until Everybody Loves A Happy Ending in 2004, which rekindled the creative fire between them. Breaking another quiet spell, the boys engaged in a three-year touring whirlwind across North America, Japan, South Korea, Manila, and South America beginning in 2010. 2013 saw them return with their first recorded music in a decade: a cover of Arcade Fire’s Ready to Start.
It proved to be a welcome addition to their three-decade discography of immortal hits ranging from Mad World, Change, and Pale Shelter to Everybody Wants To Rule The World, Shout, Sowing The Seeds of Love, and Everybody Loves A Happy Ending. Following a sold-out 2017 co-headline tour with Hall & Oates and standout sets at Rock In Rio and “British Summer Time” in Hyde Park, they release their first official career-spanning Greatest Hits collection, Rule The World. It features the first new original compositions between Roland and Curt together since 2004: I Love You But I’m Lost and Stay.
RULE THE WORLD TRACKLISTING:
- Everybody Wants To Rule The World
- I Love You But I’m Lost*
- Mad World
- Sowing The Seeds Of Love
- Advice For The Young At Heart
- Head Over Heels
- Woman In Chains
- Pale Shelter
- Mothers Talk
- Break It Down Again
- I Believe
- Raoul And The Kings Of Spain
- Closest Thing To Heaven
*/new for 2017