[15] Tears For Fears, ‘Mad World’

Huge reaction from the young popster. Exaggerated rocking from side to side, some clapping and, if I’m not mistaken, bold attempts at singing along. Tears For Fears are not underappreciated here.

They are everywhere else. Remember when the Gary Jules cover came out, and everyone said they’d never realised what a good song this was until then? As if it was somehow legitimised by a sparse arrangement and slower tempo? Pah.

TFF were an oddity, and their otherness was never clear while they were enjoying mammoth hits. You don’t miss your Janovian primal therapy lyrics welded to powerfully chunky yet finely tuned pop songs until your, er, well runs dry.

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