Classic Albums: Tears for Fears - Songs from the Big Chair

Video clips are automatically supplied by broadcasters and distributors. is not responsible for the clip's contents.
Classic Albums: Tears for Fears - Songs from the Big Chair



With their debut LP, the sometimes painfully personal The Hurting, it was clear Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith wanted to take synth-pop in a new direction from the thousand other bubblegum acts.

Tears for Fears’ 1985 follow-up, Songs from the Big Chair, confirmed the early promise and added broader textures and big statements. The latest instalment in the always great but maddeningly infrequent Classic Albums explores an ambitious record that gave us the propulsive, ubiquitous Everybody Wants to Rule the World on the one hand and the soulful I Believe on the other. 


The creation of the band's second album, which took the gothic synth-pop foundations of the band and combined them with arena-ready anthems leading to critical acclaim and the international hit singles Mothers Talk, Shout and Everybody Wants to Rule the World. With full co-operation of the band members, this documentary explores how the album was recorded, leaving its indelible imprint on New Wave.

Cast & Crew

Contributor Roland Orzabal
Contributor Curt Smith
Contributor Chris Hughes
Contributor Ian Stanley
Contributor Dave Bascombe
Contributor David Draiman
Contributor David Bates
Contributor Sylvie Simmons
Contributor Chris Roberts
Contributor Oleta Adams
Contributor John Grant
Director George Scott
Editor Phil McDonald
Producer Nick de Grunwald
Producer Celia Moore
see more
Music Education