Wednesday, November 25, 2009

New Wave Wednesday: "Everybody Wants to Rule The World", Tears For Fears (music video)

Songs from the Big Chair album coverImage via Wikipedia
By the November 1984 the New Wave sound was becoming main stream. Over-the-top acts like Culture Club, Cindy Lauper, Peter Gabiel and Madonna were taking over the charts and MJ's Thriller was just months away.

Greed was good and Ronald Ray Gun was in the White House, turning a blind eye and a deaf ear as AIDS decimated our community. Cold War tensions were coming to a head, as the threat of global nuclear war hung thick in the air.

The band Tears For Fears was born out of the British New Wave music scene in 1981 and had limited success there until they refined their sound with the release of the album, Songs from the Big Chair, which earned them international success. 1985's "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" reflected the cynical tone of a very dark time, mixed with a catchy pop vibe and pretty much sums up the 80's for me.

What's not to love about cute guys with mullets? Yes, I had one too, although we didn't call them mullets back then, we just wanted to look like Daryl Hall.

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