1985 was a big year in pop music. The list of Billboard-topping albums is like a "who's who" of 80s powerhouses: "Born in the USA" ... "Purple Rain" ... "No Jacket Required" .... "We Are the World" ... "Like a Virgin" ... and so on. But one album that made a splash that summer was Tears For Fears' "Songs from the Big Chair." All of a sudden, with hits like "Shout," "Head Over Heels" and "Everybody Wants to Rule The World," Curt Smith and Roland Orzabal were punching above their class with the likes of Bruce, Prince and Madonna. It didn't hurt that the songs undeniably catchy, and the videos were compelling. Almost four decades later, many of us are still singing -- or shouting -- along to these songs.
November 11, 2021