Sunday, 25 January 2009

Sunday night rock 'n' roll covers

"Mad World" is a song by the British band Tears for Fears. Written by Roland Orzabal and sung by bassist Curt Smith, it was the band's third single release and first chart hit, reaching #3 on the UK Singles Chart in November 1982. Both "Mad World" and its b-side, "Ideas As Opiates", would turn up on the band's debut LP The Hurting the following year. The song would eventually become Tears for Fears' first international success, reaching the Top 40 in several countries between 1982 and 1983.

Two decades later, the song made a popular resurgence when it was covered by composers Michael Andrews and Gary Jules for the soundtrack to the movie Donnie Darko. This version reached no.1 in the UK in December 2003.

Tears For Fears were really a very good band. Songs like Mad World, Shout and Change set them apart from other artists in the 1980s - rock music's 'lost decade'.

The Original - Tears For Fears

The Cover - Gary Jules

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