Tears For Fears’ classic second album, Songs From The Big Chair, was going to be re-released whether the band liked it or not.
“So we thought we might as well get involved,” says Roland Orzabal.
He and Curt Smith formed the duo in 1981, after their previous band, Graduate, failed to take off. Songs From The Big Chair was released in 1985 and built on the success of their platinum-selling debut The Hurting.
“There’s an arm at every record label devoted to this kind of thing,” Orzabal (53) continues. “You know, a department that puts together old products in new and exciting ways, with or without the artists’ permission.
“Seeing as this is the king of all re-releases, we wanted to be part of it.”
He’s not kidding on that front. The album, which spent six months in the Top ten of the UK album chart and five weeks at No 1 in America, is now available in five different formats, including a six-disc set that features 5.1 surround sound mixes of the album, remastered by engineer Steven Wilson.
“The hardest part for us was finding all the original tapes,” says Orzabal, who now divides his time between Los Angeles and the UK, although Smith, also 53, lives on the US west coast permanently.
“It was a real trip down memory lane. Apart from the few songs off the album we play live, I haven’t listened to it in 15 years or more.”
The songs they play live, of course, are Shout, Head Over Heels and Everybody Wants To Rule The World, all gigantic hits, still played by radio stations around the world.Orzabal and Smith were 22 when they wrote Songs From The Big Chair, described by Melody Maker magazine upon release as “one of the finest statements of the 1980s”.
A reissued version is available now. Visit www.tearsforfears.com