Tears For Fears ‎– Mothers Talk (1984)

“Mothers Talk” is a 1984 song by the British band Tears for Fears.

Written by Roland Orzabal and Ian Stanley and sung by Orzabal, it was the band’s seventh single release (the first to be taken from their second album Songs from the Big Chair (1985)) and fifth UK Top 40 chart hit. The song was released six months in advance of the album and showcased the band’s edgier sound, as compared to their debut LP The Hurting (1983). It was also a moderate success internationally.

“Mothers Talk” was written in 1983 and was first publicly performed during the band’s late 1983 tour. In early 1984, the band went into the studio to record the song as their next single, though the recording sessions with their new producer Jeremy Green did not work out as planned and the recording was scrapped. The band’s previous producer, Chris Hughes, was then brought back into the fold and the song was re-recorded and finally released as a single in August 1984. Hughes stayed on with the band to record their second album, Songs from the Big Chair.

Along with its B-side, “Empire Building”, “Mothers Talk” was one of the first Tears for Fears songs to demonstrate a creative use of sampling. The strings at the beginning of the song were culled from a Barry Manilow record, while the drum sample around which “Empire Building” is built was lifted from the Simple Minds song “Today I Died Again”.

‘Mothers Talk” would be released in three different mixes, the most common being the ‘US Remix” and the “Beat Of The Drum Mix” which both appeared on the Deluxe Edition of “Songs From The Big Chair”.

To date, the only CD release of the Mothers Talk “Extended Version” has been on Retro:Active6, a CD series that is essential for collectors of rare 12″ mixes.

Mothers Talk (Extended Version)               6:15

Empire Building                                       2:49


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Tears For Fears ‎– Pale Shelter (You Don’t Give Me Love) (1982)

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


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