|Spring 2020 sees the 35th anniversary of Tears For Fears iconic ten million-selling album Songs From The Big Chair. The 35th celebrations will include the broadcast of a ‘Classic Album’ documentary on BBC 4 on 14th February at 9.30pm featuring all-new interviews with the band and people who worked on the record, the release of a limited picture disc version of the album and a reissue of the much sought after super deluxe 4CD/2DVD boxset which currently changes hands for hundreds of pounds. The box set features a multitude of remixes, live tracks, BBC sessions, B-sides, previously unreleased tracks and 5.1 surround sound and stereo mixes of the album mixed by four-time Grammy nominee, Steven Wilson. The long deleted super deluxe edition of the band’s debut album The Hurting will also be reissued. Compiled with the full involvement of Roland and Curt, ‘The Hurting – 30th Anniversary Edition’ brings together the original album remastered at Abbey Road studios, plus all of the relevant B-sides, edits and remixes from the period.
Songs From The Big Chair was Tears For Fears second album and spawned classic worldwide hit songs such as the US #1 singles ‘Everybody Wants To Rule the World’ and ‘Shout’ as well as ‘Head over Heels’ and ‘Mother’s Talk’. Upon its first release, Songs From The Big Chair spent 30 weeks in the UK top ten-album chart; a whole year in the top 30 and only left the charts 18 months later. The story was very much the same all over the world, the album spent five weeks at #1 in the US, and much like the UK, it was in the Billboard Chart for 18 months.
The new ‘Classic Album’ documentary, to be broadcast on BBC 4 on the 14th February, sees band members Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith speaking openly about that period of their career along with new interview with producer Chris Hughes, engineer Dave Bascombe, musician Ian Stanley, artist John Grant and the band’s then A&R man Dave Bates. This all-new documentary will be followed by another chance to see the band’s BBC Radio 2 In Concert from 2017.