Tears for Fears are an English New Wave band formed in 1981 by Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith. Founded after the dissolution of their first band, the mod-influenced Graduate, they were initially associated with the New Wave synthesizer bands of the early 1980s but later branched out into mainstream rock and pop, which led to international chart success.
Orzabal and Smith met as teenagers in the city of Bath, Somerset, in southwest England. The duo became session musicians for the band Neon,where they first met future Tears For Fears drummer Manny Elias. Neon also featured Pete Byrne and Rob Fisher who went on to become Naked Eyes.
Tears for Fears were signed to Phonogram Records, UK in 1981 by A&R manager Dave Bates. Their first single as Tears for Fears, “Suffer the Children” (produced by David Lord), was released on that label in November 1981, followed by the first edition of “Pale Shelter” (produced by Mike Howlett) in March 1982, though neither of these releases were successful.
One of Tears for Fears’ oldest songs, “Pale Shelter” (along with “Suffer the Children”) was originally recorded for the duo’s first demo tape in 1981. The title of the song is a reference to “Pale Shelter Scene”, a 1941 drawing by British sculptor Henry Moore.
“Pale Shelter” would be re-recorded with producers Chris Hughes and Ross Cullum and re-released as a single to promote the recently released LP “The Hurting” in 1983 making the original Mike Howlett version of the single something of a collectible.
Pale Shelter (You Don’t Give Me Love) (Extended Version) 6:26
Pale Shelter (You Don’t Give Me Love) 3:55
The Prisoner 2:48