Tears For Fears - Mad World (1982)


Tears For Fears - Mad World - single sleeve front

Mad World 7" single (front cover)

Mad World was Tears for Fears third single release, but gave the band their first taste of chart success, reaching #3 in November 1982 on the UK singles chart. It featured as the second track on the UK No.1 debut album The Hurting, which was released in '83.

Michael Andrews and Gary Jules took their haunting, downtempo version of the song to #1 in the UK in December 2003, and it became an International hit. Personally, I do prefer the cover version, although I do also acknowledge who created the song's melody and lyrics in the first place - that should keep both TFF and Gary Jules/Michael Andrews fans happy!


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