On this day in music history: February 25, 1985 - “Songs From The Big Chair”, the second album by Tears For Fears is released. Produced by Chris Hughes, it is recorded at Wool Hall Studios in North Road Bath, Sommerset, UK from Late 1983 - Mid 1984. Having broken through in their home country with their debut album “The Hurting”, the Bath, UK rock duo will set their sights on success in the US and throughout the rest of the world with the follow up. Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith will test the waters with a new track they record titled “The Way You Are” which is released in November of 1983. When the single stalls at #24 on the UK singles chart, they will realize that a change in musical direction is necessary if they are to realize their goal. Working once again with producer Chris Hughes (Adam & The Ants, Wang Chung) at his home studio, they will labor meticulously over the new material. They will spend nearly half of the eight months it takes to complete the album crafting the future hit singles “Shout” (#4 UK, #1 US Pop) and “Head Over Heels” (#12 UK, #3 US Pop). The album will take its title from the book and television film “Sybil”, about a woman suffering from multiple personality disorder who only feels safe while sitting in her therapists’ “big chair”. “Chair” will be the duo’s breakthrough on a worldwide basis, spinning off four hit singles (five in the UK) including “Everybody Wants To Rule The World”(#2 UK, #1 US Pop) and “Mothers Talk” (#27 US Pop). “Songs From The Big Chair” will spend 5 weeks at #1 (non-consecutive) on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 5x Platinum by the RIAA.
All time favorite album!! :D Really great album <3
29 years ago….Oh! Time flies :P I love Tears For Fears <3