I think this may be the last thing I say about Tears For Fears. I have the oddest feeling that anyone who reads this blog is getting a bit tired of hearing about them. Please remember though, I tend to write blog posts in clusters. I have a “to do” list and constantly jot down thoughts I have about writing and when inspiration hits, it hits. This particular thought was generated weeks ago.
Okay, great, now that that’s out of the way, let’s get into it.
As I mentioned earlier, the last time I was in the car with my brother, we talked about Tears For Fears. I told him about how much I liked the song, “Woman In Chains Featuring Oleta Adams.” I talked about my favorite parts of the song and how some areas were better than others. I also said that I really like the lead singer.
Now, I don’t know a lot of details about a lot of things. I know generalities about a few things. That’s okay, because I get by.
Right after I finished my spiel, my brother started talking about “Roland Orzabal,” except, he didn’t call him Roland, he called him Orzabal (which, by the way, is probably the coolest last name a guy could have.) As he was saying things, I was thinking in my head, “Who in the world is Orzabal?”
Guess what? As it turns out, Roland Orzabal is one of the lead singers of Tears For Fears. Check him out:
Tears For Fears has some history. Here’s an excerpt from Wikipedia:
After The Seeds of Love, Orzabal and Smith had an acrimonious falling out and parted company in 1991. The split was blamed on Orzabal’s intricate but frustrating approach to production and Smith’s desire to slow down the pace of their work. Prior to The Seeds of Love, Smith’s marriage had also broken down. Orzabal kept the band name alive by releasing the 1992 hit single “Laid So Low (Tears Roll Down)” in order to promote the greatest hits collection Tears Roll Down (Greatest Hits 82-92) which featured every single to reach the Top 20 either in the UK or internationally, apart from the Sport Aid fundraiser.
Funny how I mention how Orzabal and Smith broke up because…
…but garnered less chart success. In April 2001 he released his first proper solo album, Tomcats Screaming Outside, under his own name. Orzabal and Smith…
One particular song in Orzabal’s solo career is the point of this post.
I did a bunch of reading after the conversation with my brother. I learned a lot of things about the group and I discovered that I really like some of Orzabal’s later music. Of course, as with anything an artist produces, there are some things that aren’t classified as “hits,” but much of what I found was satisfying.
…which brings us to Roland’s first solo album called, “Tomcats Screaming Outside.”
Check this out…Roland Orzabal – Tomcats Screaming Outside – Low Life
How hot is that? I am amazed that someone can start a band when they are 18 years old and produce something like this more than 30 years later.